Twelfth: Flatline

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Writer: James Mathieson

Director: Douglas MacKinnon

Producer: Nikki Wilson

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 8, ep. 9

Summary: Clara and the Doctor come out of the TARDIS and discover it is smaller than normal. Clara steps out to investigate, leaving the Doctor to determine if something is wrong with the TARDIS itself.  When she returns, the TARDIS is even smaller, and now the Doctor is trapped inside. Clara discovers people have disappeared, trapped in walls or murals. The culprit is a race of aliens that are actually two-dimensional.

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Class: The Lost

the lostWriter: Patrick Ness

Director: Julian Holmes

Producer: Derek Ritchie

Summary: Quill tries to coax Charlie into using the Cabinet on the Shadow Kin. She discovers that she is now pregnant. Dorothea discovers she has failed her benefactors–the Weeping Angels.

Review: And here it is, the final episode.  I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as the main show.  Quill was really the only well-written and acted character, while the rest of the actors were quite bland. I didn’t enjoy this episode, mostly because I knew no matter what happened it wouldn’t matter–the show was ending on a cliffhanger and there was going to be no resolution. BBC America knew the show had failed and was using this as a carrot on a stick in the hopes that maybe we Americans might give it enough of a try to justify more series. I can’t be positive with this because it was doomed from the start. I’ll be addressing my main problems in my next editorial, but for now I can’t give this even one point above 5. There was potential here, but it was all wasted. Patrick Ness himself has said he’s glad it’s over.

As for the episode itself. It was okay for what it was. But what good is a cliffhanger if it doesn’t get resolved, especially if it was meant to get resolved? This was a terrible way to end the show.

Overall Review: 5/10

Twelfth: The Lie of the Land (Conclusion)

lieWriter: Toby Whithouse

Director: Wayne Yip

Companions: Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas)

Series: 10, ep. 8

Summary: The monks have altered history because Bill asked them for help so that the Doctor would regain his sight. They have taken over the world. The Doctor realizes there is only one solution: he must open the vault and ask for Missy’s help.

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Twelfth: Mummy on the Orient Express

mummy

Writer: James Mathieson

Director: Paul Wilmshurst

Producer: Peter Bennett

Series: 8, ep. 8

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Summary: Angered after the events in “Kill the Moon”, Clara has agreed to one more adventure before she departs the Doctor.  They take a ride on an outer space train that resembles the Orient Express. The Foretold, a monster resembling a mummy, is killing passengers. When it spots its prey, he or she has sixty-six seconds to live.

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Class: The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did

metaphysicalWriter: Patrick Ness

Director: Wayne Cheyip

Producer: Derek Ritchie

Summary: While the kids are in detention, Quill meets with Dorothea and Ballon. Dorothea has found the Metaphysical Engine, which will sever the Arn from Quill, allowing her freedom.

(Note: This is a synchronous episode with the previous episode, “Detained”, showing what Quill did while the class was in detention.)

Review: OK, so remember at the end of “Detained” how Quill comes back and goes on about how she’s free and gets in Charlie’s face, and she has a scar? Well, this is supposed to explain that. And now I understand why “Detained” was a bottle episode. Bottle episodes are often a way to save money on a sci-fi show. This episode was loaded with beautiful backdrops, so it was obvious that they would need a cheaper episode to meet the budget. I’m not saying this was a bad idea, and I love how “Detained” ended with a cliffhanger that made you wonder what happened to Quill. Quill is really a loose cannon. She’s too caught up in winning her freedom than her loyalties to everyone else, and it’s become a liability. I’m now curious to know if she will betray everyone in the series finale next week. Also, what’s Dorothea’s deal? She doesn’t seem benevolent. I like that the show is leaving you wanting more, even with its flaws.

Overall Review: 7/10

 

Twelfth: The Pyramid at the End of the World (Part II)

pyramidWriters: Peter Harness and Steven Moffatt

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companions: Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas)

Series: 10, ep. 7 (part 2 of 3)

Summary: A pyramid has suddenly appeared, causing all of the world’s clocks to count down. Bill learns the Doctor has been hiding his blindness from her.

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Twelfth Doctor: Kill the Moon

kill the moonWriter: 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.

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