This is one of these episodes that played it down the middle! There were parts about this episode I adored and I loved, then there parts that just fell apart.
Here are five things to take away from this episode:
1. GARETH ROBERTS WROTE THIS (with Steven Moffat)
I have written several articles on why “The Lodger” is the best episode of DOCTOR WHO to get non-WHO fans into the show. (Check it out here). It is good to see Gareth Roberts wrote it!
In fact just recently I read SHADA, a novel Roberts wrote based on the writings of Douglas Adams.
Some of the best lines from the show are still out there! It was good to see his credit on this episode.
2. RIVER SONG THROWBACK/NO SUSAN OR IAN CHESTERTON?
We got a mention of River Song in this episode! Obviously, Whovians and the like are thrilled at the mention of past friends and companions!
However, considering the whole episode is set in the Coal Hill School which is where the first episode of DOCTOR WHO “The Empty Child” took place. It would make sense for a nod to Susan or Ian Chesterton?
It would’ve been cool.
3. “GO AWAY HUMANS”
As I said, this episode had some of the best lines for the Twelfth Doctor yet! Each episode, Peter Capaldi is finding his place.
He truly did in this episode and this little vignette was part of that!
4. SONIC SCREWDRIVER DIFFERENCE
Remember this from “Day of the Doctor”? Note the prongs!
I noticed the Twelfth Doctor’s screwdriver is keeping the prongs in!
5. WHERE IT FELL APART FOR ME.
For me the last quarter of this episode it seemed to fall apart. The whole “Clara is in love with Danny Pink” seemed to come out of nowhere. However, this is not the first time that random TV show characters profess love for each other out of left field.
It was at the end when Danny pulled his “If the Doctor ever pushes you into something you don’t want to do, you tell me and I’ll set him straight!” schtick.
Why was that written that way? It was clunky and came out of nowhere and seems to make him more antagonistic and will alienate fans.
However, let’s see where this takes us.
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By- Don Smith