Tag Archives: Peter Capaldi

Cliffhangers: Moffat Era

DOCTOR: Oh, big mistake. Huge. Didn’t anyone every tell you there’s one thing you never put in a trap?  If you’re smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there is one thing … Continue reading

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Hell Bent

The Doctor is back on Gallifrey, but once again Doctor Who refuses to do what every other sci-fi series would do.  Faced with this big moment, the episode is a stubborn rejection of the epic season finale battle with the … Continue reading

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Heaven Sent

The Doctor has always been something of a Prometheus figure, stealing (the TARDIS) from the gods (Time Lords), and giving help to humanity against their wishes (non-interference).  It has taken over 50 years, but finally we follow through with the … Continue reading

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Face the Raven

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor Eagerly I wished the morrow, vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow— sorrow for … Continue reading

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Sleep No More

I thought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! Macbeth is murdering sleep.” Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary laborer and heals hurt minds. … Continue reading

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Under the Lake

This articles covers the episodes Under the Lake and Before the Flood, which together form a single Doctor Who story.  Writer Toby Whithouse looks to the past for this story, in more ways than one.  He takes the base-under-siege format … Continue reading

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The Magician’s Apprentice

This article covers the episodes The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, which together form a single Doctor Who story. DOCTOR: Just touch these two strands together and the Daleks are finished. Have I that right? That was 40 years … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Lived

This is very loosely the second part of a two-parter, exploring the character of Ashildr.  There always has to be some Doctor Who jeopardy in every episode, and it is thrown in and underdeveloped, with no real motivation for Leandro’s … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Died

Doctor Who is often about figuring out how the Doctor will get out of a situation, rather than whether he will get out of it or not.  That was the point of most of the cliffhanger endings.  This episode plays … Continue reading

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Flatline

When 14 episodes of Doctor Who per year were going to be too much for any lead actor to cope with, the Doctor-lite episode was invented, one that would include the Doctor but only to a limited degree, often allowing … Continue reading

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