Synopsis: The Time Lord is given the task of stealing from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos.
Review: This episode lends much from your average episode of Hustle or Leverage, but with a science fiction twist.
Capaldi takes charge of a mission to steal from the most impenetrable bank in the cosmos. Which begs the question of where the jokes were regarding the greed and extravagant bonuses of real life bankers.
As an episode the storyline and fun heist story worked well, but there were a lot of missed opportunities in terms of humor regarding the nature of our actual banking system.
Instead we have a clever story, which is ambiguous to the very close.
A story that starts with a mysterious phone call – the reason for which is revealed at the close of the episode.
For the actual bank Heist the Doctor and Clara are teamed up with some fun characters in the form of a computer hacker who is half human and half machine and a woman who can assume other peoples appearance from touch.
Both these people people play a key role in circumventing the banks security.
Clara is given a fair bit to do in this episode as well and during the scenes in which the alien is trying to scan her thoughts. You can’t help but wonder what it is that is hidden deep down in her memories. I.E. is she aware that she is the impossible girl.
The big guest star in this episode was Keeley Hawes who played her role of bank manager and the person who has the alien enslaved really well. The actress oozes the right measure of sex appeal and danger to convince us that she actually would sell her own mother in order to retain control of the bank. This is a character that I wouldn’t mind seeing a little more of in the series.
Overall this was a lighter episode than what we had last week and it had an enjoyable twist ending, which perhaps was telegraphed from the start, but the fun was seeing how the story unfolded and got us there.
Capaldi also got chance to make at least two additional sight gags to his eyebrows, which undoubtedly made him a very happy camper.
- A fun hiest story
- Missed opportunity for satire in regards to bankers bonuses
- Incidental Music8.5