• Christoph The Sky Sorcerer

    Whoever your friend was back then who complained about you being “too positive” is an idiot. Being positive is never a bad thing, especially when the alternative is constantly being pessimistic like most reviewers I’ve seen.

    • Oliver Gregory

      The Power of Positivity!!!

    • Wasn’t a friend. It was an abundance of fans slagging off my reviews when I wrote them for Doctor Who TV. I got sick of it and tried to be more critical to please them, and I suppose myself, in order to become a better reviewer. I suppose my reward is losing faith with the show because I no longer idolise it.

      • TheCyberDoctor

        I’ve always enjoyed your reviews, even when I don’t agree with you. They are brilliant and insightful! ;)

      • Christoph The Sky Sorcerer

        Fair point. I guess that’s why I never followed through with my plan to do reviews: I never want to ruin the magic.

  • Deus Ex Machina

    Once again, a review in stark contrast to the majority’s (and my) opinion. I certainly see where you’re coming from though. This episode was a tricky one, and it was always going to face an upward climb following on from last week’s outstanding story, but I personally think it all paid off in the end. I definitely agree with your statement that Moffat introduced a lot of interesting stuff, but then focused on other things. To me, that was the big fault in the story. Not a big enough fault for me to give it a 4/10, but a fault none the less. Hopefully many of these elements will be revisited and expanded upon in the future, as there’s still a lot more that can be done with them.

    All in all though, I think this was a great end to a great series and I’m only sorry that you couldn’t enjoy it as much as I have. Hopefully next year will be something we can all enjoy.

  • Edward Delingford

    I suggest taking a deep breath, letting this sit for a while and then rewatch all of series 9 again. I will admit some of the signposting has been less then subtle – look at me, Clara hanging recklessly upside down from the TARDIS! However, the character arc for Clara seeking to become the doctor has really been there from almost the beginning and I suspect Steven Moffat always thought it would be interesting for the apprentice to become the magician. It is quite logical as Clara has been learning from the Doctor how to fly the TARDIS, she is not overawed by any situation and is smart and resourceful and independent in a way none of the other modern companions have been (maybe with the exception of Amy but she was linked to Rory, and he wanted a quiet Earthbound life, so no flying off in her own TARDIS).

    The bait and switch about Gallifrey was possibly a little naughty for Steven Moffat and possibly a bit of trolling to his critics, but if you go with that, he has added immensely to the Time Lord lore and opened up further avenues down the track – obviously Peter Capaldi’s doctor will go there again. I suggest reading the, as always, excellent analysis of the episode by Phil Sandifer which also helped me understand more clearly what Steven Moffat was ultimately telling us about Gallifrey – it does put things into context beautifully and makes this episode an ever richer experience. It also makes you realise how absolutely clever the structure is and exactly what Steven Moffat was doing – clever, clever boy.

    Putting the Gallifrey wrapping aside, the rest of it was swoonworthy in its exploration of the Doctor and Clara’s confused and almost too intense relationship which had driven them to madly dangerous and passionately brave things. A relationship which made both grow further but could only end in separation.

    It also gave us a clean slate to go forward.

    I thought it was another extraordinary and brave episode after the superb Heaven Sent and a sign that Moffat wants to go on to adventures and fun and thrills now that the Doctor has left his emotional baggage behind. Series 10 has all signs of being even better than this series, which I think for many viewers is up with, or replacing the immaculate series 5 as the best in the modern era. Peter Capaldi continues to create a new benchmark in acting each week and makes you weep for the lost opportunities during Tennant’s time and late Smith in particular where an actor of Peter’s calibre and commitment to the role could have turned the show around when in was failing.

    For me, there was only one episode which I rated below 9/10 and that was Sleep No More which was a great experiment, wonderfully acted but just didn’t quite work. Series as a whole though is 9.5/10 – no weak links apart from Gatiss and a number of episodes which would easily fall into the top all time 10 and Heaven Sent replacing Listen as the greatest episode in Who history.

  • RockwoodOntario

    A good review, although a bit positive ha ha. What a mess of an episode. After the thought-provoking Heaven Sent story we get the mind-numbing bending-over backwards of getting Clara included again. From her initial appearance in the diner (“Not her again”) to the sad realisation of where the episode was going (“Oh another Clara episode”) in was just one great train-wreck. Contrast this to the loss of Rose at the end of Doomsday. One a beautiful, sad, and exquisitely crafted scene with a fantastic sound track. The other a drawn-out, muddled and embarrassing mess. Oh Moffat, like your progeny you have had your hands in front of your eyes too long. Send yourself back in time and recapture the essence of simple action-based story-telling.