In Review: Doctor Who – Flatline

Clara faces a menace from another dimension.

Synopsis: Clara faces a menace from another dimension.

Review: This has to be the most original ‘Doctor Who’ story that the new series has produced since ‘Blink’.

In a nutshell the Tardis lands on a housing estate somewhere in Bristol, but for some mysterious reason the Tardis has shrunk due to a mysterious inter dimensional monster feeding off of its power source.

When initially advertised it was billed as the Doctor light episode, but in truth the Doctor has quite a bit to do in this story as he tries to guide Clara through the crises via an audio visual feed that allows him to see all of Clara’s actions.

The idea for this episode was nothing short of fantastic and it was well executed with some strong direction and fantastic acting from the supporting guest cast, which included Christopher Fairbanks.

Peter Capaldi is fantastic as the Doctor who by the end of the episode is rendered pretty useless until Clara figures out a solution to their conundrum.

Jenna Coleman has a lot to do as Clara in this episode and literally has to Doctor Up in order to save the day. As to if that is a good or a bad thing is something that is left hanging.

Hovering in towards the close of the story is Missy who has been observing things from afar and has taken a particular interest in Clara – it is gently hinted that there could well be some sort of familiar connection.

The close of this episode raises more questions than it does answers, which can be both a good and a bad thing. I only hope that Steven Moffat has given himself enough time in the remaining three hours in order to reveal some answers.

A criticism for this episode is that it could have used a little more time to wrap things up. It felt a little rushed once Clara was able to free the Doctor from his box.

Doctor Who - Flatline
  • A Fantastic story
  • Wraps up a little to fast.
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI
  • Incidental Music

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2 Comments on this post.
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    18 October 2014 at 10:09 pm -

    I have the same issues with this one as I had with Mummy on the Orient Express. Really cool stand-alone stuff, hampered by ham-fisted structural and character requirements. Like you, I really hope Moffat can wrap this up properly in the time he has left.

  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    19 October 2014 at 5:03 pm -

    I’ve been thinking about the structural issues. We’ve been hearing that Moffat plans to step down as show runner at the end of next season (S9). What if he is purposely holding over some elements for next year and isn’t planning to cram everything in what remains of this season and the Christmas special. That way he could finish what he started and leave as opposed to starting something fresh and leaving his story lines in someone else’s hands. RTD did the same after all before he stepped down.

    If I’m wrong then what remains of this season is frankly going to be fubar.

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