In Review: Doctor Who – Kill The Moon

The time travelers crash land on the moon, but things are not quite as they at first appear.

Synopsis: The time travelers crash land on the moon, but things are not quite as they at first appear.

Review: After last weeks somewhat mediocre episode the writing team on Doctor Who smash one out of the park with perhaps the best episode of the season.

Shaky science aside there is a lot here to enjoy.

Peter Capaldi is at his coldest and most calculating as the Doctor and the addition of Clara’s student¬†Courtney being along for the ride only serves to illustrate how manipulative and calculating this version of the Doctor is.

The story is is essentially a mystery. What is up with the moon? Why are there germs on the moon and why have the rules of gravity changed so dramatically. The solution is Doctor Who at its most outlandish, but also at its most effective as human drama.

Big spoiler here. So if you are in the USA and haven’t see the episode yet. Read no further…..



Basically the moon is a giant egg, which is hatching and it is a difficult birth, which is causing all sorts of problems back on earth like the sea levels rising and lots of people dying.

The question posed is whether or not killing the moon will be the right thing to do. A decision, which the Doctor drops out of and leaves up to Clara, Claudette and astronaut Lundvik who is played brilliantly by Hermione Norris. Lundvik wants to nuke the moon and seemingly when put to the vote so does the rest of earth. Heaven forbid it get in the way of X Factor right…..

It is a fantastic moral dilemma and brilliantly played out, but its mere set up for a confrontation between Clara and the Doctor that has been in the works for some time and boy Clara gives it him with both barrels.¬† I was left wanting more and can’t wait to see how it plays out in the remaining few episodes.

Special note should go to the young actress who played Courtney, who was an essential cog in making this story work due to her seemingly being the sanest person in the room throughout pretty much the entire story.

The story wraps with an angry Clara venting her thoughts to boyfriend Danny Pink who says he sees a mirror image of his decision to leave the army in Clara’s state of mind.

Doctor Who - Kill The Moon
  • Very cool story and some epic character moments
  • Science was a little wibbly wobbly, but for most part have always seen Doctor Who as more science fantasy.
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI
  • Incidental Music

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2 Comments on this post.
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    4 October 2014 at 9:59 pm -

    The set up and logistics were thought experiment fanfic, elevated by great character work. I saw both sides. Twelve can be a prick, but Clara did need her training wheels off. She wants to have her cake and eat it too. Sometimes you can’t. The episode was the Kobiashi Maru test for Clara Oswald, and she just doesn’t like potentially no win scenarios.

    In fact I’m wondering if that’s the point. I’m wondering if this was the Kobiashi Maru test for a fragmenting Clara. I’m wondering if Twelve is testing her moral and decision making processes to see if she’s truly rounded and layered again and not just internally saying, “I was born to save the Doctor.”

  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    4 October 2014 at 10:01 pm -

    Btw, it’s Courtney, not Claudette.

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