England, 1651. A deadly highwayman known only as 'The Knightmare' plagues the dark streets of London, his fire-breathing accomplice by his side. There's something clearly more than human ...
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England, 1651. A deadly highwayman known only as 'The Knightmare' plagues the dark streets of London, his fire-breathing accomplice by his side. There's something clearly more than human here, and that includes the loot as much as the outlaws. Who are these creatures, and are they enemies to be fought, or friends who might possibly save the Doctor from certain doom on the gallows?
Among the handbills visible by the gallows is one advertising "A Tryal of Witches." This bill is in fact a replica of the actual cover of the pamphlet of that name describing the trial held before Sir Matthew Hale of two witches. The trial took place on 10 March 1662 (misprinted in the pamphlet as 1664) at Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, and this pamphlet was printed in 1682. The two witches were named Rose and Amy (the names of two of the Doctor's former companions). See more »
Stand and deliver!
Do as he says; I've heard of this brigand. He's known as The Nightmare; faster than Sam Swift the quick, deadlier than Deadly Dupon...
Traveling low-pads the pair of them with terrible pseudonyms to boot. Cash-bags, jewels, the lot.
I will not be robbed by some lone, ranting cavalier!
Who says I am alone?
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This is the second part of a two part story but with totally different settings, villains, storylines and writers so I find it odd the two episodes were identified as one two part story.
Like the first part, this features Ashildr (Maisie Williams) who now calls herself Me. That is the common theme, her relationship to the Doctor and her reaction to the way the Doctor saved her and made her 'immortal'. Williams acts her part superbly and sells all the themes of bitterness and cynicism really well but I am not keen on the way the Moffatt obsession with hyping up a morally questionable dark side to the Doctor and it is boringly overused so I am not thrilled by it being used again.
There is humour and darkness, some fun ideas and some weak ideas, some annoying aspects and some really good aspects. The villain is weak but Ashildr/Me is a strong, interesting and compelling character thanks to Williams impressive performance. Capaldi is fantastic as ever. Clara is barely in the episode which gives more time and focus for Ashildr/Me.
The good easily outweighs the not so good aspects. Interesting story.
This episode - 7.5/10, part 1 - 7/10, Overall 7.25/10
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