Writer: Peter Harness
Director: Paul Wilmshurst
Producer: Peter Bennett
Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)
Series: 8, ep. 7
Summary: Courtney Woods, the delinquent student from the previous episode, is angry that the Doctor doesn’t think she’s special, so she stows away on the TARDIS. To placate her, the Doctor takes them to the year 2049. A team of astronauts have discovered a new life form on the moon that they feel must be destroyed.
Review: This episode has gotten a lot of hate, but I’m in the minority. I like the choice that is made: do we kill an innocent life, or do we let it live? My guess is that to some, this is like the debate on abortion. But one thing that has always been a constant with the Doctor is that he protects the innocent. The only real problem with the story is Courtney is annoying.
Overall Review: 8/10
Continuity: The Doctor quotes his second incarnation’s catch phrase “When I say run, run!” The Doctor says he cannot change the course of history, and uses the example of not killing Hitler. The Doctor had to make the choice to save an innocent alien life form in “The Beast Below”. The Second Doctor also took his companions to the moon.