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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.


Douglas Mackinnon


Steven Moffat

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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Samuel Anderson ... Danny Pink
Remi Gooding Remi Gooding ... Rupert Pink
Robert Goodman ... Reg
Kiran Shah ... Figure


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.

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13 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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Did You Know?


One of a few Doctor Who (1963) episodes not to feature an antagonist in any form. See more »


The Doctor should remember that Clara, as the "Impossible Girl," was present in every moment of the Doctor's life to save him, and not allow the TARDIS extrapolate her time line when it includes all of his as well. But this Doctor has demonstrated other memory loss in series 8, possibly because he is the first regeneration in a new set (of 12) and the consequences of that are not fully known. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: Listen. Question. Why do we talk out loud when we know we're alone?
[blows out candle]
The Doctor: Conjecture. Because we know we're not.
[He writes on his blackboard]
The Doctor: Evolution perfects survival skills. There are perfect hunters. There is perfect defence. Question. Why is there no such thing as perfect hiding? Answer. How would you know? Logically, if evolution were to perfect a creature whose primary skill were to hide from view, how could you know it existed?
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Features Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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25 September 2014 | by NineTenElevenTwelveSee all my reviews

"Listen" is the rare exception where an episode can positively live up to all the hype and anticipation surrounding it. This is a beautifully written, chilling, thought-provoking episode that will most definitely go down as one of Capaldi's best.

After a few episodes of fluctuating personality traits, Peter Capaldi's Doctor finally starts to come into his own in this episode. From being cold and angry one minute to encouraging and friendly the next, Capaldi continues to be one of the most enjoyably unpredictable Doctors yet.

This episode not only helped me love Capaldi's Doctor that much more but it also increased my love for Clara Oswald. She is hands down one of my favorite companions of the show and this episodes exemplifies that ten- fold. Series 8 is definitely shaping up to be Clara's definitive season as her development in these past few episodes alone has been phenomenal. As is expected, her chemistry with the Twelfth Doctor continues to be a highlight.

Samuel Anderson also did a good job as Danny Pink. The character is really starting to grow on me and I can't wait to see how his relationship with Clara develops throughout the rest of the season. The rest of the episode's cast does a good job as well.

I don't want to give away too much but I will say that the monster of this episode is incredibly thought-provoking and chilling. And, lastly, the ending of this episode was easily one of the most beautiful endings in the history of the show.

Overall, "Listen" was an amazing episode with fantastic performances, great atmosphere, awesome twists, and a beautiful, thought-provoking resolution.

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