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"Death in Heaven" (Aired November 8, 2014)

Samantha Wessel

After watching the Series 8 finale, I had a startling realization: somewhere along the way this season, Clara became my favorite companion. Ever. And that’s saying something because I still cry at the thought of Rose leaving the show. But I love Clara’s flaws. She also knows how to be the Doctor, something that was recognized by the fact that Jenna Coleman’s name was listed before Peter Capaldi’s in the title sequence. The credits also showed Jenna Coleman’s eyes rather than Peter Capaldi’s. I’m probably just using this as proof to solidify what I’ve been saying all season: Clara is the most important companion we’ve seen. She influenced every single one of the Doctor’s choices when she became the Impossible Girl, and she is the one who told the Doctor to use his fear, thus sending him out into the world.

 

The episode picks up right where “Dark Water” left off, with Clara being pursued by the Cyberman in the office where she was last seen talking to Danny via Wi-Fi. When the Cyberman goes to kill Clara, she attempts to trick the Cyberman, using those lying skills she’s been working on all season. She tells the Cyberman she is not Clara Oswald, but rather the Doctor. (Which if this was “Flatline,” it wouldn’t be a complete lie…)

 

Back on the streets of London, Cybermen are lining the streets. Missy the Master pulls out her remote control (I don’t know what the heck that thing is called, but it controls the Cybermen, so I’m sticking with it), and as it looks like a cell phone, a young woman, who we find out is named Osgood, shows up to offer to take a picture of Missy and the Doctor. Ms. Osgood is sporting a bow tie (because they’re cool) and converse sneakers, channeling both Ten and Eleven (where’s the shout out to Nine, huh?!) Anyway, it turns out she works for UNIT, and we see Kate Stewart is there to try to stop Missy the Master and the Cybermen. However, before UNIT can really make a move, the Cybermen take off flying in to the air and form a dark cloud that spreads throughout the world.

 

In the Nethersphere, Danny and Seb notice the clouds spreading, and Seb tells Danny that he really isn’t in the afterlife. Rather, his consciousness has been uploaded to a data cloud (which is weird considering they’re still connected to their bodies, but maybe that’s part of the Timelord technology). Seb then tells Danny that he will be returning to his body.  

 

Back in London, Missy tells the Doctor that the dead will be returning. Before she can explain too much more, a UNIT soldier tranquilizes Missy. The Doctor starts to get upset, as he needs to know what is happening. However, he is soon tranquilized himself. Before he is completely knocked out, he tells Osgood that UNIT needs to monitor cemeteries.

 

Sure enough, the dark clouds begin to roll in over graveyards, and it starts to rain, but only within the grounds of the cemeteries. Water then starts to roll down the streets, and we see it flow into the funeral home where Danny’s body is being held.  He sits up, now as a Cyberman, knocks out the funeral home attendant, and takes a piece of paper to help show the audience it is, in fact, Danny.

 

At UNIT headquarters, the Doctor awakes to Kate telling him they had to ensure his loyalty to the people of Earth. The Doctor wants UNIT to help retrieve Clara, calling Clara his friend, correcting Kate after she referred to Clara as his assistant. Kate puts the Doctor on a plane, and begins to refer to him as President. It turns out, the leaders of Earth reached an agreement. If the Earth was invaded, then someone needed to be in charge for the whole planet, and everyone agreed it should be the Doctor. This essentially means the Doctor is in charge of an army, which as we know, isn’t really his thing considering he isn’t big on soldiers.

 

Back inside St. Paul’s Cathedral, Clara lists off facts about the Doctor to three Cybermen to try and convince them she’s the Doctor. The Cybermen are still not entirely convinced, until Clara goes to mention the Doctor’s real name. Another Cybermen shows up and insists that Clara is in fact, Clara, and begins to state facts about Clara’s life. Clara claims she’s a liar, and the Cyberman says he knows. He then knocks Clara out, and kills the other three Cybermen.

 

Back on the UNIT plane, the Doctor explains the rain coming from the Cybermen cloud is actually pollen. Once that pollen comes in to contact with compatible living matter, it can resurrect the dead as Cybermen. He also explains that Missy the Master went back through human history to insert the concept of an after life into human history. Now, that afterlife is emptying, and the consciousnesses of the deceased are returning to their bodies.

 

Sure enough, Clara awakens in a cemetery to find that Cybermen are arising out of gravesites. It’s terrifying: Cybermen + Zombies = Terrifying and oh so deadly (thus perpetuating the cycle of creating even more Cybermen, and wiping out all of the human race).

 

Because UNIT is comprised of the best and brightest, they decided to bring Missy the Master on the plane. She starts talking to Osgood. In the process, she’s able to free herself and kills Osgood, and the two guards that were supposed to be guarding her. Good job, you guys! Missy then picks up her remote control and summons Cybermen who begin attacking the UNIT plane.

 

In the graveyard, Clara notices that newly created and zombified Cybermen are kind of out of it, walking about almost like newborns. She spots one Cyberman who seems to be fully in control. Clara asks if he is the Cyberman that brought her to the graveyard. When the Cyberman says he knows Clara is the Doctor’s associate, Clara corrects him telling the Cyberman she is the Doctor’s best friend. She also tells the Cyberman she will never give up the Doctor because he is the one person she will always forgive, the one person she will always trust, and the one man she will never lie to. Because the Cyberman is actually Danny, this last detail breaks his heart, and he pulls off his mask. He tells Clara that he wants her to turn on the emotional inhibitor because he doesn’t want to feel anymore.

 

On the plane, Missy tells the Doctor she’s been up and down his timeline, meeting the people who will sacrifice their lives for him. In a way, his soldiers, though he does not wish to think of them in that way. The phone on the TARDIS begins to ring, and Missy explains to the Doctor that she was the one who brought he and Clara together, and kept them together. Clara is the control freak trying to control the man who can’t be controlled. Missy points out that the Doctor would go to hell for Clara (and in fact, he did).

 

And, of course, the Doctor answers the phone. Clara tells the Doctor Danny is a Cyberman, and she needs his help to turn on the emotional inhibitor. She feels she needs to do it because she’s the reason Danny is hurting. The Doctor doesn’t want Clara to do this. First, he’s afraid she’ll die. Second, he loves Clara and the last thing he wants is to see her sad. She tells the Doctor to either help her or leave her alone.

 

Following the conversation with Clara, Kate informs the Doctor and Missy the plane is being attacked by Cybermen. Missy then causes part of the plane to break off, sucking Kate out into the sky. Missy teleports herself away, and the Doctor soon is sucked out of the plane as well. Missy watches from the Nethersphere, disappointed this is how the Doctor is going to die. However, he is able to use his sonic screwdriver to fly his way to the TARDIS, very James Bond-like. When Seb demonstrates his appreciation for this skill, Missy kills him.

 

The Doctor takes the TARDIS to the cemetery and tells Clara not to turn on the emotional inhibitor. Doing so will mean Danny kills her. Danny promises he won’t harm Clara. The Doctor, referring to Danny as PE, seems genuinely sad to see Danny in this state. The Doctor tries to convince Danny to keep his emotions, explaining that the pain the Doctor feels is the thing that kept the Doctor from turning into the Master. Danny questions if the Doctor can feel pain, and the Doctor assures Danny that he can.

 

The Doctor tries to figure out the Master’s plan through Danny, considering he is now connected to the Cyberman hive mentality. Danny explains that his emotions need to be turned off in order to completely understand the plan. The Doctor is faced with a dilemma: allow Danny to go full Cyberman to try and save the day, or try and save Danny only to have all of humanity die. Clara knows that she has to do this for Danny, and insists the Doctor give her his screwdriver. Before she uses it to turn on the emotional inhibitor, she tells Danny “I wasn’t very good at it, but I did love you.” Like at the beginning of “Dark Water,” she promises Danny she won’t ever say those words to anyone else, and Danny reminds her he won’t either. She then uses the screwdriver to turn on the inhibitor, and then runs over to hug him. The Doctor freaks out, thinking CyberDanny will kill Clara, but he doesn’t. He tells the Doctor that the rain will fall again, causing all of humanity to die and rise again as Cybermen.

 

Then, Missy shows up all Mary Poppins like. She tells Clara she must feel like Death (like with the scythe and everything), and pulls out her remote control to turn Clara into a Cyberman. The Doctor knocks the remote control away, allowing Clara the opportunity to grab it when Missy isn’t looking, then resumes hugging CyberDanny. Missy demonstrates the ability her bracelet has to control all of the Cyberman, instructing all of them to move in unison, except for CyberDanny. Missy reminds the Doctor it is his birthday, then slaps the bracelet on his wrist, giving him full control of the Cyberman army.  Basically, it’s the Doctor’s worst nightmare. Missy explains to the Doctor that she doesn’t need an army “because armies are for people who think they’re right, and no one thinks they’re righter” than the Doctor. Now, the Doctor will determine every battle, war, and invasion with his Cyberman army. Missy asks if the Doctor trusts himself, and there are see flashbacks throughout the season: The Doctor asking if he’s a good man; Danny saluting; talking to the Dalek.

 

Finally, the question that’s plagued the Doctor all season is answered. He isn’t a good man, and he’s not a bad man. He’s not a hero, and he’s not a president. He’s not an officer. But he is an idiot with a TARDIS and a screwdriver and his companions. He doesn’t need an army with his companions by his side. He tells Missy that love isn’t an emotion, it’s a promise and points out that Danny didn’t move according to her instructions. Danny will never hurt Clara. We then see CyberDanny reciprocate Clara’s hug. The Doctor then throws the controlling bracelet to Danny, giving him full control of the Cybermen. CyberDanny explains that the army of the dead will now protect the living, and he and the other Cybermen fly up, and burn themselves and the clouds covering the Earth, and ending the threat.

 

Missy then gives the Doctor the coordinates of Gallifrey, telling him it has returned to its original location. Missy tries to insist that she and the Doctor can return together. However, Clara has Missy’s remote control and is about to use it to kill Missy. The Doctor stops her, and Clara says if the Doctor lets Missy live, then everything that happened happened for nothing.  As the Doctor goes to kill Missy, Missy asks that he say something nice. He simply says, “You win,” because if the Doctor kills her, Missy does win. She wanted to show that she and the Doctor are cut from the same cloth, that they both have this darkness in them. Killing Missy will show that it is in there. But before the Doctor can kill Missy, a Cyberman appears and kills Missy, thus sparing both Clara and the Doctor’s souls.

 

The Cyberman then points to a direction in the graveyard, and Clara and the Doctor run over to find Kate lying on the ground. The Doctor realizes the Cyberman was Kate’s father, Alistair. The Doctor salutes Alistair, the one thing Alistair always wanted from the Doctor while he was alive.

 

Two weeks later, Clara awakes to the sound of Danny’s voice. It turns out the bracelet CyberDanny used to control the army of Cyberman can also be used to travel between worlds. Clara thinks this means Danny is coming back, but Danny tells Clara there is enough power to send only one person back. He sends back the little kid he killed during the war, telling Clara she needs help find his parents. Danny apologizes to Clara, but tells her he had a promise to keep.

 

The Doctor shows up to met Clara. He notices that she’s wearing the bracelet, and assumes that means Danny has returned. Clara tells the Doctor she has bad news. Rather than let her explain, the Doctor thinks now that Clara and Danny are together, it means she won’t be travelling with him anymore. He tells her it is ok because he found Gallifrey, though we see that he didn’t actually find it. Clara then does the thing she said she would never do, she lies to the Doctor, telling him that she and Danny will be fine. She asks for a hug, and the Doctor consents. Clara asks the Doctor why he doesn’t like hugging, and he says, “Never trust a hug. It’s just a way to hide your face.” And sure enough, we see Clara and the Doctor both tearing up hiding from one another.

 

As the Doctor goes to get on the TARDIS, Clara tells him travelling with him made her feel really special, and she thanks him for making her feel special. He says, “Thank you for exactly the same.”

 

So, that’s it until the Christmas special. It’s a heartbreaking finale. Truly. I’m excited to see Nick Frost as Santa Claus, and how he will reunite Clara and the Doctor. And while I am DEVESTATED that Danny is dead, I hope they keep him that way. If the show runners somehow bring him back to life, it just further cements my concerns that the show runners are too intimated to have any real deaths and consequences. I don’t want Clara to be alone, but bringing Danny back seems like an easy way out. 

"Dark Water" (Aired November 1, 2014)

Samantha Wessel

“Dark Water” is the first part of the Series 8 finale. And I feel like an idiot. I can’t believe I didn’t figure out the big reveal until moments before. I knew the Cybermen were going to be a part of the finale, but throughout most of the episode, I missed that the 3W Company’s logo was the eyes of the Cybermen. I’m both excited for and dreading next week’s finale.

 

The episode begins with Clara calling Danny to apologize. He’s on the way to see her and asks if it can wait, but Clara insists that she tell him some things now. Clara has all the things she wants to talk about written on stickies, but the first thing she tells Danny is that she loves him. Danny says it back, as he makes his way through the park, ever closer to a busy road. Use a freaking crosswalk, Danny! Clara tells Danny that he is the last person she will say “I love you” to, and then Danny doesn’t respond. After a few seconds of silence, and the quietest car wreck of all time, there’s a woman’s voice on the phone, telling Clara that Danny had been hit and killed.

 

Clara is standing in her kitchen, trying to call the Doctor. Right then, Clara’s grandmother comes in to see her, telling Clara it’s ok to cry. But Clara is too upset, telling her grandmother Danny’s death was ordinary. She’s in such shock; she’s refusing to accept what happened. She tells her grandmother that she is owed something better. Finally the Doctor answers, and when he asks her what’s going on, and she doesn’t tell him about Danny. He then asks what he can do for her, and it’s clear Clara is going to try and save Danny.

 

Clara enters the TARDIS as if nothing is wrong. She sets about collecting the Doctor’s keys to the TARDIS. She also tells the Doctor she wants to see a volcano. In a nod to Peter Capaldi's previous stint on the show, he tells Clara that volcanoes are “rubbish.” Clara also asks the Doctor if she can have a sleeping patch, but he tells her no. She finds one, and slaps it against the Doctor’s neck.

 

The Doctor awakens to find himself at a volcano. Clara emerges from the smoke, holding all of seven of the TARDIS keys. Clara throws one into the lava, the one substance that can destroy a TARDIS key. Clara tells the Doctor she wants to save Danny, and every time the Doctor refuses to help her, she’ll throw another key. The Doctor tells Clara that if he helps her, they’ll create a time loop and paradox, which will disintegrate Clara’s timeline. This means no, so Clara throws another key in. She tells the Doctor she doesn’t care about paradoxes and throws all but one key into the lava. The Doctor, thinking Clara won’t throw the last key, refuses to do anything, but she throws the last key. She sinks to the ground sobbing, telling the Doctor she wishes she could say she’s sorry, but that she’d do it again.

 

It turns out though, this was all just a dream. The sleeping patch Clara tried to put on the Doctor actually induces dreams, and it doesn’t work on him. Instead, he applied it to Clara, and let the scenario play out. Clara asks what they do next, and the Doctor tells her “Go to hell.” Thinking it is the Doctor telling her off, Clara accepts this, knowing what she did was wrong. But the Doctor tells Clara they’re going to literally go to hell. He tells her each universe has a myth about where people go when they die, and he wants to check it out, and that they’ll try to bring Danny back. Clara is shocked that the Doctor would help her after she betrayed him. The Doctor responds saying that he cares for her so much; her betrayal changes nothing about how he feels.

 

Meanwhile, Danny wakes up in an office in the Nethersphere. Seb, Missy’s coworker, comes in and tells Danny that he is dead. Seb then asks if Danny’s body is going to be cremated, but Danny says he never really thought about it. Still in disbelief, Danny opens the curtain to find a giant city. Seb tells Danny he is in the underworld/Nethersphere/promised land – whatever you want to call it.

 

Like in “Listen,” Clara sticks her hands in the TARDIS to find the place where her timeline and Danny’s timeline will intersect again.  They arrive in a mausoleum, filled with tanks containing water and human skeletons. As the Doctor and Clara walk through, one of the skeletons’ head turns to follow them.

 

The Doctor finds a welcome book, which actually plays an introductory video for 3W, the Doctor and Clara’s location. The video doesn’t provide much information other than to say that they provide alternative solutions for people after death. After the video plays, Missy makes her appearance. She greets the Doctor by making out with him. She tells Clara and the Doctor she’s a welcoming android, with an intimacy setting, which seems odd considering all season it appears she was in charge of the Nethersphere. When the Doctor inquires as to who maintains Missy, she tells the Doctor she maintains herself, except for her heart. She then holds the Doctor’s hand up to her chest, and the Doctor looks incredibly confused. When the Doctor asks who maintains her heart, she calls in Dr. Chang, who escorts the Doctor and Clara into the next room to answer their questions.

 

Seb is still showing Danny around, and Danny asks the question that everyone thought a few episodes ago: what is up with iPads in the afterlife? Seb tells Danny they have Steve Jobs. Seb then asks Danny if he’s ever killed anyone. This is the question that has haunted Danny all season. Seb tells someone wants to speak with him, and sure enough it’s the little kid Danny believes himself to have killed during the war. Danny tries to talk to him, but the kid runs away when Danny tries to touch his hand. Seb explains to Danny that he is still connected to his body, and so anything that happens to his body, Danny will feel. Thus the cremation questions.

 

Dr. Chang starts to answer the Doctor and Clara’s questions. He explains the skeletons are in Dark Water, a substance that only shows organic matter. He tells them the skeletons are actually in a case that is hidden by the Dark Water, thus allowing the skeletons to appear to sit up right. Dr. Chang also tells the Doctor and Clara that their founder reversed white noise from televisions to receive messages from the dead. When he did so, he found one message being said by the dead over and over again: “Don’t cremate me.”

 

The Doctor refuses to believe what Dr. Chang is telling him. Dr. Chang, after scanning Clara telepathically, is able to set up a connection between Clara and Danny. The Doctor tells Clara to make sure she’s speaking to Danny, while he and Dr. Chang go investigate more. The Doctor is sure he’s missed something. He gets in the elevator, and right then the doors closed and I finally see the symbol for 3W is the Cybermen eye. Ahhhh! Can’t believe it took me that long!

 

Missy, meanwhile, activates the skeletons who all push a button in their tanks. As the Doctor and Dr. Chang find Missy again, the Doctor tells Dr. Chang there is something wrong with his droid. Dr. Chang tells the Doctor Missy is his boss. Missy then toys with Dr. Chang, telling him she’s going to kill him, but not until he says something nice. He’s stupid enough to say something, and she incinerates him. The Doctor notices the Dark Water levels are going down to reveal Cyberman. He also notices that there is some Gallifreyan technology, capable of uploading human thoughts and no emotions. He asks Missy how she got the technology, and that’s when it’s revealed when the Doctor felt Missy’s heart, he felt two heartbeats. She’s at Timelord. The Doctor tries to run outside of the building, but finds himself on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

 

Clara starts questioning Danny, trying to prove it’s him. Danny, unsure what to say, keeps telling Clara he loves her. Clara tells Danny she will come save him if she knows it is him. Thinking the only way Clara can get to him is if she dies, Danny refuses her help. He tells her again that he loves her, and Clara says if he says that one more time, she’ll end their conversation. Thinking it’s the only way to save her, Danny says it again. Clara ends the conversation. She spins around in her chair to find that the tank with the skeleton has transformed into a Cyberman.

 

After the conversation with Clara, Seb hands Danny an iPad, giving him the option to delete his memories. Danny doesn’t know this will turn him in to a Cyberman. If he knew, he certainly would not willingly turn himself into a solider. Right as Danny, goes to press the delete button, the reflection of the kid Danny thinks he killed shows up in the iPad.

 

The Doctor runs down the streets of London, trying to tell people to run and hide. Missy apologizes to the crowd, telling them it’s another crazy Scotsman running through the streets. Missy tells the Doctor that the key to the human race is that the dead outnumber the living. The Doctor asks once again who Missy is and she’s very annoyed. Missy is short for Mistress, she couldn’t keep calling herself…. THE MASTER!

 

Are you kidding me? I mean I figured it out when it was revealed she was a Time Lord, but how on Earth did I miss this before this episode. I feel like such a fool. And now, I have to wait 7 days to see how this all wraps up. Well played, Steven Moffat. Well. Played.

"In the Forest of the Night" (Aired October 25, 2014)

Samantha Wessel

After a couple of heavy episodes, “In the Forest of the Night,” returns the show back to a bit of lighter fare. The Doctor is back to saving the world, rather than a few individuals. The episode is an opportunity for the show to be a bit goofy before the two part finale, which I have no doubts will be some heavy stuff. It also is a chance for Clara to come clean about the lies she’s been telling both the Doctor and Danny.

 

The episode opens with a little girl running through the woods with a red coat over her school uniform, reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood. She arrives at the TARDIS and knocks on the door. The Doctor lets her in once she explains something is chasing her. We find out the little girl, Maebh, ran to the Doctor because she thought she hard Clara’s voice tell her to do so. The Doctor is fairly uninterested. He’s more concerned with his failing navigation systems, as he is supposed to be in the center of London. Maebh explains to the Doctor they are in fact in London, it has merely been taken over by a forest.

 

After the opening credits, we see that Danny and Clara have led an overnight class trip to the London Zoological Museum. As they’re leaving the museum one of the students, Ruby, notices a tree ring is thicker and redder than the other rings. Clara doesn’t really have an explanation. When the class goes to leave the museum, they find what the Doctor and Maebh already know: trees have infiltrated London.

 

Excited that she found something to show the Doctor, Clara places a phone call to the Doctor to tell him about the forest. The Doctor tells Clara he already knows, and he also informs her that Maebh is with him.  When Clara goes back inside the museum, Danny asks if she called the school and the parents. She tries to lie and say yes, but he knows she was talking to the Doctor. He was under the impression that Clara and the Doctor were no longer talking, but Clara chalks up this conversation to the current forest infestation.

 

So off Danny and Clara go, in an attempt to get the kids safely home. This is Danny’s number one priority, whereas Clara is in full Doctor Companion mode trying to ask questions about how the forest ended up in London.  

 

Danny and Clara arrive at the TARDIS, and the kids start taking pictures of forested Trafalgar Square. Clara tells the kids that the Doctor will sort everything out, but the Doctor says this time he’s not sure he can figure out a solution. The Doctor thinks it’s a natural event, and not a problem that he can solve.

 

Clare refuses to believe this, and so she, Danny, and the students enter the TARDIS. Danny notices some homework books on the TARDIS, providing evidence that Clara has been with the Doctor more recently than she admits. The Doctor sees Maebh’s homework book with illustrations, and the Doctor needs to speak with her, but they’ve all just realized that Maebh is missing…again. Clara explains to the Doctor that Maebh’s sister went missing the year before and that she’s on medication and hears voices. The Doctor is upset that they aren’t listening to Maebh. The Doctor tells Clara and Danny that Maebh is tuned to a different channel and she can help them

 

As the Doctor and Clara are off to find Maebh, Lord Nelson’s column falls down and almost takes out the Doctor and Clara. The students and Danny leave the TARDIS, and Ruby chastises Danny for letting Clara go off with the Doctor when he is supposed to love her. They decide to go look for Clara, and Danny once again calls them a team, which they really get upset about.

 

As the Doctor and Clara are searching for Maebh, Clara notices the paths are growing over very rapidly. They find Maebh’s phone, and the Doctor realizes that Maebh is leaving them a trail so they can track her down. Clara and the Doctor come across a group of government workers attempting to burn down some of the trees for emergency routes. However, the trees are in control of the amount of oxygen, so they can quickly extinguish the flame.

 

The Doctor shows Clara Maebh’s homework in which Maebh drew a solar flare headed toward Earth, like the one that destroyed the Bank of Karabroxos. The Doctor says that the trees want something, and he also says that Maebh lost someone so she’s more attuned and listening. As they’re walking, they hear a wolf howl, just another fairy tale story allusion in this episode: Maebh running through the forest like Little Red Riding Hood, and her leaving school supplies as bread crumbs like Hansel and Gretel. The Doctor points out that the trees probably mangled the London Zoo’s gates so the animals are now free.

 

Maebh is still running through the forest, waving her hands about wildly. She stops and we see a couple wolves in the brush behind her. She turns toward them, and then screams. Clara and the Doctor hear it and take off running toward the sound of the scream.  Eventually, Clara and the Doctor meet up with Maebh, and the wolves are scared off by something. It turns out that something is a tiger. Luckily, Danny shows up in time to flash a light in the tiger’s eyes and scare the tiger away.

 

But Maebh is still batting at the air wildly, and the Doctor is intrigued. When Danny suggests she needs her medication, the Doctor says they need her without medication to find the source of what is happening. Maebh takes off running and everyone follows. Maebh runs to a circle with a bright light. She says that the forest is her fault because it was a thought that came to her. Since her sister Annabelle went missing, thoughts come to her, and the forest was one and she thought everyone would like it. She says the thoughts are coming to fast to her. The Doctor uses the sonic screwdriver to create some gravity, ad we see a bunch of white dots flying around Maebh. These lights begin speaking, telling the Doctor that they live in the plants, and that they were there long before humanity, and will remain long after it is gone. When the Doctor asks why they summoned him, the lights tell him they don’t know who he is. After this interaction, the lights leave Maebh.

 

Clara and the Doctor realize that there is nothing that can be done to stop the worldwide forest infestation, or the impending solar flare. When Clara says that she and the Doctor have been to the future, he tells her those futures are about to be erased. She suggests that they head back to the TARDIS and save themselves and the kids they are with.

 

Once back at the TARDIS, Clara tells the Doctor that the kids aren’t going to go on the TARDIS, as they’ll want to be with their parents. Here, I think we get a glimpse into Clara’s feelings about her parents, which STILL remain a mystery. The Doctor offers to save Clara and Danny, but Clara says Danny won’t leave the kids. When the Doctor offers to just save Clara, she tells him that she doesn’t want to be the last of his kind. In the Doctor’s eyes, there is a bit of hurt and a bit of understanding. It’s a lonely life, how can he ask Clara to go through what he’s been through. Clara says she brought him back to the TARDIS to save him, because the only he would go back is if he thought he was saving someone. She says this time, the human race has to save the Doctor. The Doctor tells Clara that it’s his world too; he walks it and breathes the air. She tells him he’s welcome, but he has to go save the next world. After some hesitance and sadness, the Doctor gets on the TARDIS and leaves.  

 

On the TARDIS, the Doctor watches the solar flare. He realizes something on the TARDIS, and goes back. He calls after Clara and Danny, and Clara refuses to turn back until the kids run after him. The Doctor tells them large solar flares have happened before, flares that should have destroyed the Earth, but the trees saved the planet, and that’s what it’s doing again. Clara remembers the wide red ring that Ruby noticed, and the Doctor confirms it was part of saving the Earth. Danny tells the Doctor the government is sending out defoliant chemicals to get rid of the leaves.  The Doctor says they’re going to call everyone on Earth to stop them from harming the trees.

 

Together, the kids write the message and call everyone on Earth at the same time. Maebh reads the message, telling everyone that the trees are protecting the planet. She ends by asking her sister Annabelle to come home. Just then Maebh’s mother arrives outside the TARDIS, after she’s been looking for her all episode. Seeing Maebh reunited with her mother makes the other kids want to go home as well. Clara tries to encourage Danny to go with her to watch the solar flare from space, but he tells her he’s had enough adventure. He tells her there are wonders on Earth. He says one person is more amazing than universes, and they kiss in front of the kids. Oops.

 

As Clara and Danny are walking the kids home, he tells her he knows she’s been traveling with the Doctor. He tells her he doesn’t care what the truth is, as long as he knows it. She goes to say something, but he tells her to home and think about it first, he at least owes her that.

 

When the solar flare hits the earth, the Doctor and Clare in the TARDIS in space watching. The trees do exactly as the Doctor thought, and protects the earth. Back on Earth after the flare, the trees start disappearing, with everything going back to normal. When Clara asks what the explanation will be, the Doctor tells her that people will forget, and instead it will turn into stories (perhaps the reason for the Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel allusions).

 

As the solar flare happens, with Missy watching. She’s surprised by the turn of events, but again, we don’t yet know what her deal is.

 

The episode ends with Maebh and her mother returning home. As they approach their house, the trees to a bush disappear, and there’s Maebh’s sister, Annabelle. It feels a little silly, since there’s no explanation for Annabelle’s disappearance, but I guess they had to wrap it up somehow, huh?

"Time Heist" (Aired September 20, 2014)

Samantha Wessel

WARNING: "Game of Thrones" Spoiler near the end of this recap. 

 

We begin with the Doctor at Clara's apartment attempting to convince her to go on an adventure with him. He seems awfully need sometimes. Clara says she has a date. Her cheeks are rosy and we can tell she's absolutely smitten with Danny Pink. The Doctor comments on Clara's coloring, her level of smitten perplexes the Doctor. 

 

As Clara is headed out the door, the phone on the TARDIS rings, stopping both Clara and the Doctor. As the Doctor goes to answer the phone, Clara begs him not to. She says if he answers something will happen and they'll be taken somewhere. The Doctor reminds Clara that very few people in the universe have that number and tells her nothing happens from answering a phone. Well that's just dumb because we know that's not the case. 

 

Next thing we see, the Doctor and Clara are sitting at a table with two others. All four of them are holding worms that have wiped their memories. When the woman sitting with them at the table asks who they are, an audio recording begins, in which all four present give audible consent to having their memories wiped. We found out the man at the table is named Psi and the female is named Saibra. A screen opens in the middle of the table, and a video from a mysterious figure who calls himself The Architect appears. He has hired the four of them to break into the most secure bank in the universe, Karabroxos. The Architect tells them that in order to succeed and survive, they'll have to follow his instructions. As he says this, bank guards are already banging down the door of the room they are in, so they have no choice but to trust The Architect.

 

As they take off down the hall, Clara and the Doctor begin to learn more about their fellow bank heisters. Psi is a human cyborg who is a hacker and has a computer for a brain. Saibra is able to replicate DNA she touches and has a hologram shell to project the same clothing. Alright, now that we know everyone's skills, time to rob a bank.

 

The four heisters enter the lobby of the bank with Saibra transformed into a business man, presumably a customer of the bank. As they're walking along, the Doctor makes a comment that using the TARDIS would make the heist a lot easier, so why aren't they using it. Clara brings up the more important question: where is the TARDIS? As this discussion is occurring, we see the head of the bank's security, Ms. Delphox appear. We think she's coming for the four heisters, but it's too early in the episode for that. She approaches another bank customer. Delphox has her pet, a creature called a Teller, scan the customer's mind and feed off of the guilty thoughts. It is explained that in order to avoid the power of the Teller, someone must keep their mind blank. Psi warns Clara she may have to do this someday. OBVIOUS FORESHADOWING. We then see the customer's head shrink as the Teller feeds off of his thoughts. It's actually quite disturbing to watch.

 

With that close call out of the way, the four heisters are back on their mission. Because Saibra is able to replicate DNA, her finger print works to unlock one of the vaults to get the group to the next stage. There, they find a suitcase placed by the Architect. Saibra points out that if the Architect was able to place items in the bank, why couldn't he have just stolen the thing to begin with. Good point, Saibra. I also find it interesting that Twelve went along with the heist with no questions asked. I feel like Ten and Eleven would have been more hesitant to complete a heist, at least without trying to find more answers. Anyway, the four open the suitcase and find what appears to be a bomb. They're trying to figure out it's use, and the Doctor realizes they are supposed to explode the floor. When Psi shows some hesitation, the Doctor says they all agreed to this heist, which means there is something in this for all of them. The Doctor detonates the device, which turns out to be a dimensional shift bomb, casing the floor to disappear, then reappear once they're through. They successfully complete this step right as the bank guards enter the vault. 

 

The four heisters reconvene once they're through the floor and the Doctor has Psi open the next case. The Doctor is worried there may be information that can implicate all of them, and Psi has the ability to wipe his mind and clear out the guilt. The Doctor also explains they all had their minds wiped, as there are no more obviously guilty people than those robbing banks. Psi opens the case and it's four devices.  Psi says he doesn't know what it is, and so does the Doctor, but Saibra knows the Doctor is lying. 

 

The group then splits into pairs of two, Psi and Clara and the Doctor and Saibra. It's so we can find out more about Psi and Saibra so that when they are killed off we feel a little bit more than we would. Too harsh? Sorry 'bout it.  

Psi explains to Clara that he was in prison, and in order to protect his friends and family, he deleted all memories of them. Meanwhile, Saibra tells the Doctor she knows he was lying about what was in the case, and he merely says, "An exit strategy of sorts." He asks her how she knew he was lying, and she says with her ability to mutate, she gets good at reading faces. He makes a comment about this being a gift, but this upset Saibr. She explains that she can't touch anyone she cares about because she'll change. So, she's Rogue from X-Men, right? She's even got the gloves! Saibra also says, "Could you trust someone who looked back at you out of your own eyes?" This resonates with the Doctor which mean's it's coming back before the end of the episode!

 

The four heisters end up back together and see the man who's brain was sucked out by the Teller earlier. An alarm is tripped, and in their attempt to escape, the four actually end up in the room containing the holding cell of the Teller. Clara's thoughts awaken the Teller. The Doctor tells Clara to keep her mind blank because once it's locked in on your thoughts, it won't let go. The Doctor says this repeatedly and all I could think was STFU Doctor! You telling Clara to keep her mind blank only focuses her mind on you and causes her to think even more. Making the situation worse! The four heisters attempt to escape, but Saibra gets caught up in the Teller's mind sucking stream. She doesn't want her brain sucked out the way she saw the customer's earlier, so she asks the Doctor about that exit strategy. He hands her one, and before she  uses it she tells the Doctor he's a good man. Just the thing he's been wondering all along. Then Saibra uses the device where she appears to disintegrate. Painful. 

 

Now it is just Psi, the Doctor, and Clara headed to the vaults. Clara asks the Doctor if he is ok after what just happened with Saibra and the Doctor, with what I think is false bravado says, "Saibra is dead, we are alive, and we need to prioritize to stay that way." This upsets Psi, and I imagine some viewers. This adds to the idea that Twelve is uncaring, callous, and calculated. But I disagree. There's pain in the Doctor's eyes at losing Saibra. He's not happy about it, but unlike Ten and Eleven, he's not dwelling on it. Dwelling on Saibra's death may slow them down and put them even more at risk. Perhaps Twelve is better at compartmentalizing than Ten and Eleven were. I'm not saying it's healthy, but I don't think he's any less caring. I may have thought this at the beginning of the series, but the hurt in Twelve's eyes is too present for him to be a non-caring and callous monster. 

 

As Clara, the Doctor, and Psi find a new case from The Architect, we see Ms. Delphox tell her security team to release the Teller into the vents to find the heisters. Psi downloads the information in the case, while Clara grabs a card she sees with some numbers and letters on it. Psi takes off down the hall to try and crack the codes for the vaults. The Doctor realizes the Teller is after them, and suggests he and Clara go different ways from Psi to keep the thought paths from being too strong. Before the Doctor leaves, Psi requests a suicide device just in case. 

 

Clara and the Doctor are roaming the tunnels, trying to avoid the Teller, but it manages to catch up to Clara. She tries to keep her mind blank (knew that would come back!), and once she thinks she's in the clear, she takes off running. But the Teller catches her and she screams. The Doctor and Psi both take off to try and find her, but not before Psi download all the information possible on bank robbers. Psi then yells at the Teller to come after him for this information. The Teller releases Clara from his mind stream, and goes in search for Psi. Clara and the Doctor meet up at the vault, but it's still locked. Clara is furious, she thinks Psi died for no reason. 

 

The Doctor runs back to the computer where Psi thought he had cracked the code, but the Doctor says there are even more locks and the screwdriver can't help him. But The Architect would have known that, so why bring them all this way for nothing? There has to be something else. Right then, a solar storm begins to flare up and the Doctor understands this is the exact moment when the bank is the most vulnerable, which means that whoever sent them is from the future and knows the exact moment of the storm. Right then, the vault door opens and Clara and the Doctor are in. 

 

As they are in the room with all of the valuables, the Doctor explains landing the TARDIS in the solar storm would have been impossible, and therefore, that's why it wasn't used. Clara then shows the Doctor the card she pulled from the last case, and the two of them are off finding what is in the boxes. They find a circuit which would help Psi replace any lost date and a serum for Saibra that would keep her from transforming when she touched another. As Clara and the Doctor are trying to figure out why they're there, he turns and runs right into the Teller. OOPS.

 

The Teller apparently decides he needs to bring the Doctor and Clara to Delphox. Delphox is cocky about catching them, which means she's gonna die before the end of the episode (cockiness= death. See: The Viper in "Game of Thrones"). She orders the Doctor and Clara to death by incineration, as apparently the Doctor's statement about all the secrets would be too much for the Teller made Delphox concerned enough to not use the Teller on him. Delphox leaves her two security guards to handle Clara and the Doctor. It turns out, those security guards are Psi and Saibra. It turns out the suicide pill/bombs were actually transporers that took them to a ship. 

 

Psi is able to get the group down to the private vault, where they come across the owner of the bank, Karabroxos. It turns out, Delphox was a clone of Karabroxos, and Karabroxos has the bank run by her clones. When her clones fail her, she has them incinerated. Seems reasonable. When Karabroxos orders that Delphox be incinerated, everything clicks with the Doctor. Saibra's statement about not trusting someone with your own eyes comes back to him (Duh!), and he hands Karabroxos his phone number telling her to call him someday when she's on her death bed. He remembers earlier he said he hated the Architect, but it turns out HE is The Architect. IT makes sense, we know the Doctor isn't particularly found of himself. Karabroxos leaves to escape the storm, as she knows the bank won't survive. The Doctor then invites the Teller into his brain. 

 

Perhaps because there's no guilt the Teller isn't sufficiently sucking the Doctor's brain, but all of the memories come back. We see the Doctor answering the phone, and it was Karabroxos on her death bed saying she made a huge mistake and needs the Doctor to fix it. We see him finding Psi and Saibra, and setting up the heist. The Doctor then tells the Teller he's free to do what he wants. Another secret vault is unlocked, ad we see another Teller chained up by Karabroxos in order to have the Teller do her biding. The Doctor tells Clara that it was never a heist, but "a rescue mission for a whole species."

 

Clara and the Doctor then drop the Tellers back off on their home planet. They then take Psi and Saibra home as well, with Psis memory restored and Saibra's mutation problem solved. The Doctor drops Clara off in time for her date. As Clara is leaving, she tells the Doctor not to rob any banks without her. When she leaves, the Doctor states, "Robbing a bank, robbing a whole bank. Beat that for a date."

 

Is the Doctor jealous?!? I have mixed emotions about this. I'm not an anti Doctor-Companion shipper. In fact, I was a HUGE proponent of Rose and the Doctor. But I was kind of excited about this being a friendship, or perhaps a parental relationship between the Doctor and Clara (though which one is the parent is entirely unclear). I don't want another love triangle like there was with the Tenth Doctor, Rose, and Mickey. I really want Clara and Danny Pink to have a meaningful relationship without the Doctor being all broody about it.