Writer: Frank Cottrell-Bryce
Director: Sheree Folkson
Producer: Paul Frift
Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)
Series: 8, ep 10
Summary: A little girl comes to the TARDIS asking for help because she is lost. The Doctor drops her off where she wanted to be, but is bewildered by what he sees. The forest has overgrown, threatening to take over London.
Review: One of the unifying features of all the Doctors is that they are all friendly towards children. In fact, the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th each had children or teenagers as companions. I was pleased to see that the 12th continued this tradition of the Doctor being friendly toward children The episode had a great unsettling air to it, and Murray Gold had a great score.
But then the whole thing becomes an environmentalist fable. I’m not a fan of environmentalism, mostly because it’s all message and not very entertaining. This ruined the story for me, and I was actually enjoying it before this happened.
Overall Review: 6/10
Continuity: The Doctor quotes Clara’s remarks in “Kill the Moon.” This is the second time a human has been in communication with plant-based life forms. Of course, this being set in the forest, the sonic screwdriver is once again ineffective.