TV Korner: Doctor Who – Five Things to Take Away from “Listen” (Season 8, Ep. 4)

By staff-writers - September 22, 2014

Hello, my Favorite Puddin’ Heads: Listen up to the five things to take away from Listen:

 

1. AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME AND DIFFERENT GENRES!

Episode 2 “Into the Dalek” was a classic Star Wars/Trek space opera, Episode 3 “Robots of Sherwood” was a sword/sorcerer fantasy and now Episode 4 “Listen” is a horror movie that owes much to Stephen King.

 

This is one of the reasons that DOCTOR WHO is so amazing! Remember “A Town Called Mercy”? There was your Doctor Who-Western! The episode “The Lodger” is a romantic comedy!

If one can go anywhere in time and space, one can have any adventure!

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2. CAPALDI, PRINCE OF DARKNESS

This never occurred to me until I saw the scene of him sneaking around Rupert Pink’s orphanage, but he could play Dracula! I mean sure he has played many amazing characters, but seeing him as the Prince of Darkness, would be incredibly cool!

Check out this section DRACULA when Jonathan Harker meets Dracula (source):

Within, stood a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache, and clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere. He held in his hand an antique silver lamp, in which the flame burned without chimney or globe of any kind, throwing long quivering shadows as it flickered in the draught of the open door. The old man motioned me in with his right hand with a courtly gesture, saying in excellent English, but with a strange intonation:—

“Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!”

Check out this image:

And this one:

You get this:

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3. OKAY THEN, WHAT AS IT?

Let’s state some facts:

  • Who stole the Doctor’s chalk when he was giving the talk on “being alone”?
  • What was under the blankets on Rupert’s bed?
  • Who was knocking on Orson (heh!) Pink’s door of his time capsule when it was stranded at the end of the universe?
  • Now we know that it was Clara under the Doctor’s bed when he was a child, but still what the heck is the thing that was scaring Clara, the Doctor and Rupert?

It was the same thing that wrote “LISTEN” on the Doctor’s chalkboard!

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4. BLINK, PART 2

Many fans across the wide, wide world of the web are saying this is one of the scariest episodes since BLINK, the episode which introduce the Weeping Angels. How could it not be?

Y’know the old cliche, “Don’t think about a pink elephant?” What are you thinking about now? Right! A pink elephant. So when the Doctor is saying to young Rupert Pink, “Don’t turn around! Don’t look behind you!” What is the first reaction to do? Look behind you!t

Much of the fan appeal of the episode of “Blink” is based on that premise, “Don’t blink!” What do you want to do?

Blink like crazy!

 

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5. “DAY OF THE DOCTOR” REVISITED

How great was it to see this?

Probably, the biggest contribution to the DOCTOR WHO mythos that Steven Moffatt will have offered is the War Doctor.

And once again, we get to see him!

DOCTOR WHO airs on BBC America at 9 p.m. EST on Saturday nights. Follow me on Twitter at @donsmith1974. I usually will live tweet during the show at #DoctorWho.

NOTE: All images linked to their respected sources.

 

By- Don Smith


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