Woof, this one’s rough. It was going for dramatic and emotional, and just ended up coming off as manipulative and dickish. Kind of like the Doctor in this episode.
- In Media Res opening: This does not bode well.
- Courtney isn’t special: The Twelfth really is a dick.
- So Much for History: That probably sounded better in Courtney’s head.
- Red Shirts? : This series seems to have quite a few of these guys, not sure what to make of that.
- Germs not spiders: Then how in the heck do they make cobwebs?!
- Amniotic Fluid: That can’t be good.
- Are there any games? : Oh come on! There has to be an old Atari or NES somewhere in the TARDIS!
- My Grandma used to post on Tumblr: Yes Tumblr teenagers, one day you too will be embarrassed by the stuff you post on there.
- The Moon is an Egg: (insert MST3K clip of Mike saying “I’m sorry, we don’t buy this!”)
- Time to take off the sidewheels: Doctor, no. These people have but good intentions to guide them; and you’re just going to swan off and let them deal with it themselves?! What the hell has happened to you?
- Lights out: To be perfectly realistic, was there ever any doubt that humanity would choose its own continued survival over that of a creature that they have no idea what it might do when it hatches? Didn’t think so.
- Also, making Clara and Courtney the ones advocating for the creature feels kind of off. Leaving the rather obvious abortion metaphor that this episode seemed to be going for, what reason do Clara and Courtney have for wanting to save the creature? Other than, it’s a baby.
- We’ll also leave the really shoddy science in this episode by the wayside, if you don’t mind. I haven’t got it in me to pick it apart.
- The Doctor “I totally knew it was gonna lay that spare egg!” : Someone tell me I’m not the only one who wanted to smack the Doctor in the puss.
- Clara’s Rant: This has been coming for a long time. The way that the Doctor has been acting this series has been really awful, especially the way he’s been treating Clara. So it’s really no surprise that she’s had enough, especially after she’s been manipulated into making a decision that she was unprepared for and unequipped to make reasonably. I think that the relationship between Clara and the Doctor has hit its breaking point. We’ll have to see if they can repair it, or if they even want to try.
- Danny and Clara: Danny was the best thing that could have happened at the end of this episode. He told Clara exactly what she needed to hear, and most importantly, he was there for her when she needed him.
Overall, I can’t say that I liked this one very much. It was a little too heavy handed and I didn’t like how big a dick the Doctor was. Clara and Danny saved this episode from getting dragged down too much, but they weren’t enough to save it.
Here’s hoping that next week will be as light as I think it will be. Even if it is a straight-up copy of the Titanic episode.