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It's no real secret that Steve Thompson's pair of Doctor Who stories thus far have been fairly bumpily received. In particular, The Curse Of The Black Spot seemed to run out of steam long before the end, and was arguably the weakest entry in series 6. Series 7's Journey To The Centre Of The Tardis was better, but still attracted a few grumbles.
However, he's on far firmer footing with his latest adventure, as Doctor Who continues its finest run of form since series 5 with Time Heist. As the title suggests, it involves a heist, and a bit of time work.
Doctor Who Series 8 is almost at the half-way stage this week as we reach episode 5, Time Heist, by written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat and guest starring Keeley Hawes. Remember to click the preview above to get a full hi-res look at the photo! Today, the BBC has released a Time Heist
- Christian Cawley
We're up to Doctor Who series 8 episode 5: here are some promo images and a trailer for Time Heist...
This Saturday, we have Time Heist on our screens, which, like Listen, will have some references back to Who lore. We’d wager they’ll be minor moments in an otherwise romp-like episode, though.
As is traditional, the BBC has released a short trailer for the episode and a string of publicity shots.
Here are the snaps...
And here's the very brief trailer...
Time Heist airs this Saturday at 19:30 on BBC One.
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Villordsutch reviews Doctor Who series 8 episode 4 – ‘Listen’….
The Doctor: Why do you have three mirrors? Why don’t you just turn your head?
This weeks Who is a return to its opening form with “Listen” and one of the best things about this episode for myself is that I have children to watch as this episode plays out. You hear stories of Who fans, from generations before you, hiding behind cushions when the Daleks first appeared and we never got to witness this – but now I can and this week I watched my children hide in fear. Though what where they hiding at I don’t really know as all the way through The Doctor explained with an amazing amount of tension what the bangs, clangs and shapes on the bed – rationally – could be.
In “Listen” our story begins with the Doctor scribbling upon the chalkboard again (is this a »
And that is the trouble with hype, ladies and gentleman. Ever since the script and rough cut were leaked, Listen has been quietly talked up in fan circles (and more recently in the press) as one of Steven Moffat’s best episodes and also one of his scariest. A pair of accolades that it in no way lives up to.
While there’s nothing that makes Listen a noticeably bad episode, there’s also nothing that really takes it above being average. And the thing that really holds it back from having the chance of living up to its hype is that it’s far too scattershot
Although the plotlines intersect most of the time and advance alongside each other, the choice of including the bootstrap paradoxes concerning the main characters takes away too much attention from the monsters when the only one that’s really important to the »
- James T. Cornish
Doctor Who takes a time jump to the end of the universe, where mastermind Steven Moffat introduces his newest creature creation, as well as life’s final hero, in what will certainly be referred as the episode which helped solidify Capaldi as the Doctor to the show’s many fans.
“Listen,” written by the one and only Steven Moffat, throws Clara (Jenna Coleman) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) into the world of children’s nightmares, taking them on an adventure to the past and future in search of the beasts who live in secret and wait until all is silent. Elsewhere, Clara’s date with Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) leads to a confusing meeting in ...
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- Anthony Ocasio
[previous: “Robot of Sherwood”]
So, the monster under the Doctor’s bed when he was a kid was Clara. Well, why not? She’s been responsible for every other important thing in his life.
And while we’re at it, why not another example of Steven Moffat’s recycling his own ideas — whatever you do, don’t look; the monster in the shadows; the impossible astronaut — and other Doctor Who-ish things: the knocking from outside in a place where nothing’s supposed to be alive; the stranded time-traveler who’s related to someone else in the episode. As long as it’s all a fairy tale anyway, it doesn’t need to actually hang together as a narrative, right?
Because: awwwww. The Doctor as a little boy! Fear is a superpower! Toy soldiers!
Anyway, none of it’s really real, right? Everyone has the dream about their ankle being grabbed from under the bed, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Last night, BBC served up the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Doctor Who" episode 5 of season 8, and it appears to be very drama-filled and intense as the Doctor and Clara have no choice but to rob a bank or end up dead, and more! The episode is titled, "Time Heist." In the new, 5th episode, The Doctor will end up, becoming a bank robber when he is given a task that he's forced to accept: steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara are going to be forced to fight their way past deadly security and face off with the fearsome Teller, who is a creature of terrifying power that can recognize guilt. The episode was written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat ,and it was directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Actor, Keeley Hawes, »
“The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door…”
The idea is so close to implausible, it only makes it more plausible. What if there really is someone in the shadows? What if that isn’t just a passing breeze across the back of your neck? What if there is something under the bed?
The Doctor is unreasonably convinced of something, Clara is a non-stop chatterbox on dates, and Danny Pink’s real name is Rupert. And if you want to learn more, you have to not be worried about spoilers, and just…
Directed by Douglas MacKinnon
The Doctor is roaming about the Tardis alone (we assume) slowly convincing himself of a patently ridiculous concept – the idea that there are invisible creatures who follow people around, and it’s they were are talking to when we are alone, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Part of the genius of Season Three’s benchmark “Blink” is how utterly standalone it is, which is why it’s often the go-to installment to show to newbies: The ride can be enjoyed with virtually no knowledge of the Who mythos. “Listen” comes from a different direction; our protagonists are front and center throughout the episode, and far more so than “Into the Dalek,” this feels like a proper introduction to the world of Danny Pink. Whereas “Blink” was about Sally Sparrow and angels that nobody had seen before, this is about the Doctor, Clara, Danny, and ghosts that nobody will ever see.Perhaps the real difference between the two is where Steven Moffat is as a Doctor Who writer. Back in season three, he was a scribe for hire, likely eager to make another defining mark, but now he’s been the showrunner for five years. Moffat may »
- Ross Ruediger <email@example.com>
Warning! Spoilers: This post contains spoilers and speculation for the Doctor Who series eight episode “Listen”.
When we are children we survive in the only way children know how. We hide. We wrap ourselves in bed sheets and crawl into closets and close our eyes. We twist harsh words and violent actions inside our heads until we turn them into things we can live with. The world is so much bigger than we are it is beyond comprehension. We are dependent on beings that are infinitely more powerful than us and they are not always kind. Our voices are not heard. We do as we are told. Until one day we don’t.
Steven Moffat remembers what it’s like to be afraid of the dark. His story “Listen” is about the terror of the mind and how we hold ourselves hostage. We cannot conquer fear we can only acknowledge it. »
- Mary Ogle
Last week saw Twelve and Clara in a stand-alone episode. “The Robot of Sherwood” had some great dialogue and character insights wrapped in a candy coating of absurdity. I don’t know about you guys, but I was along for the ride right up until the last ten minutes. A leap of faith via suspension of disbelief is acceptable…even expected…but the “golden arrow” might be the new “jumping the shark.” Can this week’s episode “Listen”, written by showrunner Steven Moffat, right the ship? ********** We open with the Doctor meditating on top of the Tardis above the Earth. He is listening for something. And he asks us to listen along, breaking the fourth wall to look right at the audience. This is a variation of a theme Moffat has played on before. Don’t blink, don’t breathe, don’t move. Be still. Listen. Inside the Tardis, the »
- Donna Dickens
Doctor Who, Season 8, Episode 4, “Listen”
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Airs Saturdays at 9pm Et on BBC America
This week, on Doctor Who: Clara goes on a date, the Doctor is afraid, and Rupert hates his name
Steven Moffat loves childhood fears. He’s mined them for some of nuWho’s most effective villains: Something lurking in the dark (the Vashta Nerada), a threat waiting to pounce the moment you look away (the Weeping Angels), and now, the monster under your bed. These creatures tap into the intense, pervasive fears so many experience as children and like its predecessors, “Listen” is hugely successful drawing from this well. It also takes a common and, when explored, curious habit and exploits it for significant dramatic potential: why do people talk to themselves when no one’s around? Both ideas have been explored by Moffat to some extent already »
- Kate Kulzick
"Listen" is Doctor Who at its best. And its scariest. The show hasn't been this terrifying in a while, and Steven Moffat's episode manages to have a bit of everything you could possibly want. It's gripping, funny and tense, providing possibly the most effective use of Peter Capaldi's more unnerving Doctor so far and continuing to prove that there's more to Clara than most expect.Whether you like it or not, Clara's story is deeply tied to the history of the Doctor. It is through her once mysterious past that we came to know her as someone who has interacted with the Doctor throughout his lifetime, and she then played a pivotal role in 'The Day of the Doctor', where the Doctor truly puts to the...
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A previously released synopsis teases: "The Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse – to steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos."
"With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara must fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt."
Looking at Doctor Who episodes written by Steven Moffat you can see that he understands how to scare viewers, especially the younger ones. Listen taps into the fear of the unknown and very much like Blink and The Empty Child creates something that really does show an understanding of what is definitely creepy. Not everything we see on the screen is what it seems though, as you will see (or not see as the case may be).
In an episode that travels through time, even to the end of the universe itself everything we see Listen begins because The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) wants to know what that thing is hiding under the bed, or in the dark, the thing that never wants to be seen but is always there waiting and hiding. As he again drags Clara (Jenna Coleman) along with him will he finally find the answer?
There is something confusing about Listen, »
- Paul Metcalf
Recently, BBC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Doctor Who" episode 5 of season 8. The episode is entitled, "Time Heist," and it sounds like things will get pretty intriguing and intense as the Doctor is forced to rob a bank with the lovely Clara in tow, and more! In the new,5th episode press release: The Doctor will turn bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse: steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara are going to have to fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller, who is a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt. The episode was written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat and it was directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Actor, Keeley Hawes will guest star. Episode »
Digital Spy checks under the bed and finds a cracking new episode of Doctor Who in the latest edition of Geek TV.
Tom and Morgan talk ambiguous endings, romance for Clara and Danny and ask the age-old question... was this episode too scary or confusing for the kids?
Join us next week when the Geek TV team will be embarking on a daring 'Time Heist'!
What did you think of 'Listen'? Share your verdict and reviews below!
Doctor Who series 8 'Listen' recap: Smart, scary, superb
Doctor Who: 'Robot of Sherwood' video review - Geek TV »
It’s all over, bar the screaming: so what did you think of Listen, the fourth episode of Doctor Who Series 8 starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman? The episode marks a return to the “Scary Steven Moffat” episodes (as opposed to those bogged down by River Song/Madame Kovarian/Clara/’s mystery, something we haven’t really seen since
The post Listen: What Did You Think? [Poll] appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Christian Cawley
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
The Story: When ghosts of past and future crowd into their lives, the Doctor and Clara are thrown into an adventure that takes them to the very end of the universe.
The opening three episodes have given an altered vision of the new Doctor and as we learn with him, there was always going to be the moment where we truly dig into this mind and Listen delves deeper than ever. Steven Moffat is the man responsible for one of the darkest, scariest and intense episodes since Blink and although there isn’t an categorical monster, its psychological nature has an analytical vibe that accompanies the discovery of the Doctor’s fear alongside his usual fight and desire to discover the strange.
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon, the man who gave us the mysterious Cold War »
- Dan Bullock
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