Wednesday, October 15, 2014



I can't say that "Listen" was the best Doctor Who episode ever written. It is clever, however. The idea is this: Is that a tree branch scratching on your window, or a ghoul? Did you mislay your car keys, or are there gremlins in the house? Did you lose a sock, or is there a black hole in your dryer? Absent any other information, one possibility is as likely as any other. What if the Doctor comes across a series of phenomena that convinces him of the existence of an invisible alien who always follows you around? And what if Clara is as equally convinced that it's just random "stuff"?

The joy of this episode is the incredibly witty lines given to the Doctor, who is scathingly funny. Continuity fans will enjoy the way the Clara continues to be a crucial element in the Doctor's timeline, to the point where she cures him of his fears as a child and sets him on a course to being a Time Lord rather than some Gallifreyan drone. interestingly, there's a time-paradox here, too, where Clara inadvertently becomes the thing-under-the-bed that the Doctor has been searching for throughout this episode.

You, like me, may be annoyed that the show essentially lies to you -- showing the dropped chalk on the floor, showing the thing in the bed, showing the hair rising on young Danny's neck -- in order to get you to buy into this idea of an invisible alien. Run the spooky music enough times, and I'll stop believing you. But the effectiveness of the scene in Danny's bedroom is terrific, and may let you look past this.


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Doctor: Little you must be in here somewhere, with your little brain...


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Doctor: Okay, do you have any old photographs of her, maybe old and fat or something....?


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Doctor: Six months stranded alone, must be tempting.
Clara: What? Doctor: Company.


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Doctor: I don't take orders Clara...
Clara: Do as you're told.


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The Doctor: Calories consumed on the TARDIS don't count.
Clara: You're kidding, right?
The Doctor: Of course I am. It's a time machine, not a miracle worker.

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