Synopsis: The Time Lord and Clara are confronted by ghosts of the past and future.
Review: Before I saw ‘Listen’ I had been made aware that many of the advance reviews were mixed and that a few people has said that it was Moffat trying to do a rehash of ‘Blink’, which is fair comment, but the episode I watched wasn’t a rehash of ‘Blink’. It was as frightening and as atmospheric, but the implications of the episode and the reveals, which it included made it so we could know the Doctor a little better. It also further emphasized why its never good for the Doctor to travel alone because not only does he go too far, but during any down time much like most of us humans. He can think so much to the point where he can frighten himself and let fear control him as apposed to being in control.
What Moffat produced here was perhaps the most adult orientated ‘Doctor Who’ episode to date, which for us adults was fun, but it sort of neglected the younger viewers who may have gotten a bit bored by much of the expositional stuff that was happening. If indeed Capaldi’s intensity had not frightened them into quivering wrecks behind the sofa.
The episode is packed with some really good character moments which include Clara trying to get to know the very intense Danny Pink.
In fact thanks to Clara’s psychic link to the Tardis we get to learn a little about Danny Pink’s childhood as well as one of his future great great children Orson Pink.
Moffat makes clever use of the old childhood there’s something under the bed myth.
The whole episode is an exploration of The Doctor’s hidden insecurity and fear and Capaldi conveys it all brilliantly with an absolute powerhouse of a performance.
This episode isn’t for everyone, but its perhaps one of Moffat’s boldest exploration of the Doctor that we have seen for awhile.
- Great character exploration
- May have been a little to deep and frightening for younger viewers
- Incidental Music9.5