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Villordsutch reviews Doctor Who series 8 episode 7 – ‘Kill the Moon’….
Clara: Doctor, tell me there wasn’t anyone inside that thing.
Doctor: I could, but it wouldn’t make it true.
Our Doctor Who story this week is a tale of the Doctor taking the high ground, so high in fact Clara gets the distinct impression he’s looking down his nose at her. As with previous episodes of morality in NuWho e.g. ‘Beast Below‘ the Doctor turns upon the human race and decries its savagery and this time refuses to be involved in the final decision – leaving Clara, a school-girl and an a remaining astronaut with the fate of the Planet Earth and a single Lifeform –the last of its kind – in their hands.
I adored this episode, though from the accompanying promo still and the attacking mobs I was expecting a spider packed show and I was surprised »
It’s the classic time travel question – would you kill a dangerous killer in their crib, before they’ve actually done anything? Well, what is you weren’t sure the baby was going to do anything? What if you were asked to…
Kill The Moon
Directed by Paul Whilmshurst
Clara speaks to the entire Earth – they run the risk of the Earth being destroyed if they don’t kill an innocent being. “The man who normally helps” is nowhere to be found, and a decision must be made. Flashing backwards, we learn that Coal Hill student Courtney Woods has not reacted well to her brief run on the Tardis. The Doctor told her she “wasn’t special”, a comment she’s taken to heart. Clara asks him to apologize; he instead offers her a chance to be the first woman on the Moon.
Alas, all is not well there. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Let's get straight to it. The idea that Doctor Who is weighing in with its thoughts on abortion and a woman's right to choose is surprising, to say the least. The episode uses the realisation that there's something going on with the moon to tell a story about how it's really an egg that's about to hatch.The Doctor then leaves Clara, 15-year-old Courtney Woods (Ellis George) and the last surviving astronaut from a mission to save the moon (Hermione Norris) to decide whether the enormous creature growing inside the moon should live or die. It's rather unsubtle and a little heavy-handed - this is the abortion debate but on an oversized scale.Of course, the fact that the moon disintegrating would put the world in danger...
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In last week’s episode, Mr. Pink came face to face with the other man in Clara’s life…and he did not like what he saw. The show is finally dealing with how the Doctor takes on human companions who intrinsically trust him, even to the detriment of their own life. And how unhealthy that is. While “The Caretaker” was the Doctor in name, Moffat appears to be setting up Danny to care for Clara when Twelve finally pushes her too far. But what will be the final straw? Maybe we’ll find out this week when the Doctor and Clara “Kill the Moon.” ********* After Danny finally learned the truth about Clara and the Doctor, I thought perhaps he’d tag along for the next outing. If nothing else, perhaps he would want to see if he can trust the Doctor not to put Clara in danger. What I »
- Donna Dickens
Here is a preview clip and some stills from the next episode of Doctor Who, titled “Kill the Moon.” You guys? I’m not super excited by it. The clip reveals that the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) have brought along Courtney Woods (Ellis George), the not-very-charming student we met in the last episode. It looks like the show is building to a recreation of super classic Who — an older Doctor traveling with two (married?) Coal Hill teachers and a teenaged Coal Hill student. That was the line-up of the First Doctor’s companions. It sounds cool in theory, but do we actually want a teenager stomping around the Tardis? I love teen shows (read my bio below), but I would like them to stay well away from that blue box. Unfortunately, I am not in charge of these things. “Kill the Moon” also features giant moon spiders, »
- Mily Dunbar
New pictures from Doctor Who's next episode 'Kill the Moon' have debuted online.
"Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life."
'Kill the Moon' was partly shot on location in Lanzarote, »
You think it’s hard to balance a life as a mother and a businesswoman, or that of a governor and a single dad, how about alternating trying to cultivate a new relationship while you’re off saving the universe? Clara Oswald has got this very problem. Luckily she down’t have to deal with it alone, she’s got…
Directed by Paul Murphy
After an exhausting montage of travels across the universe that need to end in tome for making dates with Danny Pink, The Doctor is pleased to let Clara know that she’ll be getting some time to herself. He’s got a job he needs to handle on his own, and is somewhat vague when pressed for details. She happily reports to Danny that while she has been distracted of late, she’ll be more centered on him for a bit. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
[previous: “Time Heist”]
So this is my life now. I’m depressed, I’m broke, I’m hopeless, and even Doctor Who has abandoned me. Forget escapism: there’s no escapism anymore. The escapism is happening over there, offscreen, and we’re meant to just take it as a given:
Whatever awesomeness happened here was not for us to enjoy. Yes, we’ve seen this done before. But not when the stories we’re teased with look far more interesting than the one we’re actually getting.
Instead of a cool Sf adventure on another planet, we got the faded xerox of “School Reunion” meets an episode of Eastenders. Faded xeroxes of previous episodes are a Thing now. This is a problem, because if the show is not going be just corridor-running story after monster-chasing mystery, if it’s going to be About Something Bigger, then it shouldn’t be copying itself like this. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Last week, Twelve and Clara went on an old-school high stakes bank robbery with a cybernetic human and a mutant human. As you do. The big takeaways were the Doctor hates himself — still — and he is actively competing with Danny for Clara’s affections. Not in a “the Doctor wants to shag Clara” way but in a “the Doctor needs to be the most important person, always and forever” kind of way. This week’s episode is called “The Caretaker” and seems more character driven. Off we go! ******** Whiplash. That is the only way to describe what is happening here. The Doctor and Clara are chained to obelisks in an alien desert. They are going to be eaten by Sand Piranhas. But somehow they escape in time for Clara’s date with Danny. “Tan,” he remarks. Twelve entices Clara on an adventure to see fish people. Danny is asking Clara »
- Donna Dickesn
Peter Capaldi is on top comedy form again, as he goes undercover as The Caretaker. Here's our spoiler-filled review...
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
8.6 The Caretaker
"There has been a spillage"
For five weeks, the new series of Doctor Who has flung Clara and the Doctor from Earth, to inside a Dalek, to Sherwood Forest, to a room with a strange blanket in it, through to last week's planetary bank heist. It's been a real mix of stories and adventures, all the time gradually threaded with the growing romance between Clara and Danny Pink, and the mysteries of Missy.
The Caretaker, another really good episode of the show (arguably one of the best of an impressive run), puts the brakes on just a little. And thus, while it returns to those two underlying threads, it also stops long enough so that people can actually have a chat. »
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