The conclusion to last week’s gripping Doctor Who episode, “Before the Flood” takes the Doctor back in time to save Clara and maybe even save some of the crew they encountered as well. There were some really strong and powerful points in this episode, but unfortunately there were also quite a few weak points that kept this episode from really being as much of a breakout as it could have been.
Before we move on to the rest of the story, Peter Capaldi actually did play the guitar through the opening credits. If I could have one wish for Twelve’s tenure, it would be that they keep the electric guitar theme and replace the screechy horns with a guitar lead. Please, please, please Lord Moffat, hear my cries!
Moving right along, Clara gets some character development in that she’s got a pretty severe case of reckless abandon since she has nothing to live for now that Danny Pink is gone. Except of course the Doctor, to whom she lays the super guilt trip on when she says that he’ll come back to her if he loves her at all. That pulled at my heartstrings, I can only imagine what the Doctor felt like. Clara’s coping method is poor at best and might be a little foreshadowing of what will be her ultimate demise. It will also probably make that point in the series especially heart wrenching. It will be interesting to see how Twelve deals with such loss.Corey Taylor from the band Slipknot, gave the Fisher King his scream. Unfortunately all that work and effort went into a character that had a few minute bad-guy monologue before being washed away into oblivion and never seen again. Even though his legacy of homing beacon ghosts is why we’re here in the first place, I feel like that monster was definitely under-used.
Despite all these weak spots, the Doctor was back in classic Doctor fashion. Not quite an “everybody lives” day, but close. And the head canon’s introduced with the Doctor probably writing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony gives the audience a lot of exciting content to mull over on what else the Doctor has influenced throughout his travels. Let’s not forget that the 10th Doctor revealed that Beethoven taught him how to play the organ in “The Lazarus Experiment.” The rabbit hole always goes deeper!
Another thing to remember – O’Donnell spewed off a bunch of names of the Doctor’s companions, the Master as Harold Saxon, and then the Minister of War, of which we have not been introduced to yet. The Doctor questions her momentarily but then stops her from revealing any further details, since he will probably find out sooner or later. It’s good to see the breadcrumbs of future stories, much like River Song’s role throughout the Doctor’s timeline. As much as every episode (or two-part episodes) is on its own, having the Doctor run into his own spoilers gives us exciting pieces of story to look forward to. It’s not all character and story arcs going forward but instead sprinkled all over the place because we’re not traveling in time in one direction. It definitely keeps things interesting.
Twelve is definitely starting to show a little bit of spunk with his meddling of time. Despite the persistent insistence that history cannot be changed and time has fixed points, Twelve still has a bit of that rebellious nature in him which is good to see. However the recurring question of when the Doctor will die, for real, remains unknown and is likely going to be utilized by the writers against us for quite some time. We do know that he’ll probably last the rest of the season, but who knows where things will go after that. Only time will tell!
Despite having a mixed episode, it looks like we’re in for a treat with next week’s episode having the Doctor and Clara meet Arya Stark. Maybe the Doctor can go back and save her father! Sean Bean we’re here to save you! Hello Game of Thrones/Doctor Who crossover. I’m already throwing my money at the screen. But no, it’s actually Maisie Williams crashing the Whoverse with a bunch of Vikings. The episode is titled “The Girl Who Died” but we won’t find out if it’s referencing Maisie Williams’ character, Clara, or someone else entirely until Saturday!
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Last Updated on January 12, 2019.