Synopsis: The Time Lord goes undercover as a caretaker at Coal Hill School.
Review: I have to open up this by saying that this thematically has to be the weakest episode of the series thus far. Basically because the threat, which was supposed to be the most dangerous soldier robot in the galaxy was neutralized by what seemed to be a simple hack.
If anything this was nothing more than a way and a means to bring Danny Pink more into the fold. Something, which should really have been tackled immediately after the episode ‘Listen,’ which teased us with so much.
As far as acting performances go its a three hander between Capaldi, Coleman and Samuel Anderson as Clara’s love interest and future companion for the Doctor. At least I hope so because the little I seen of the relationship between The Doctor and Danny I really liked. It was very prickly.
In fact the conversation where Danny tells Clara that The Doctor reminds him of some of the officers that he served under in the army added a really cool element to the series. It put me in mind of a scene from the series ‘Sharpe’ where Patrick Harper and Sharpe are starting to bond. In this scene Harper warns Sharpe about the officer he is serving under and says, “There are two kinds of officers, sir: killin’ officers and murderin’ officers. Killin’ officers are poor old buggers that get you killed by mistake. Murderin’ officers are mad, bad, old buggers that get you killed on purpose – for a country, for a religion, maybe even for a flag. You see that Major Hogan, sir? That’s what I call a murderin’ officer.”
Danny Pink when he confides in Clara about the Doctor is warning her that The Doctor could well be a Killin’ officer. We also see Danny voicing the concerns of many fans of the series when he pulls Clara up on the fact that she does not seem to fear for her own well being when she is with The Doctor.
The episode does a lot of fantastic character stuff and its a really solid introduction for Danny Pink that we should have had about 4 weeks ago.
As far as the threat goes though. It seemed like a bit of none entity and just a convenient excuse to have the Doctor meet Clara’s new boyfriend.
There are some fantastic moments in this for classic ‘Doctor Who’ fans in that we get to see the Junk Yard where the first Doctor left his Tardis. It turns out to be the hiding place of the not so friendly, but easily subdued robot.
We also get to see a little more of the mysterious Mary Poppins character known only as Missy.
Overall though this one fell a little flat for me.
- Great character moments
- Lame robot of the week easily subdued threat
- Incidental Music8.5