Yeah. I know if one of my adult kids doesn't take their medication, things go south very fast. I don't happen to agree with the writer on quite a few subjects (he's a Catholic and I'm an atheist, for instance) but I appreciate his skills as one of the most talented living English writers.
Bennett has legitimate reasoning to criticize the Doctor too for only feeling motivated enough to save Clara and not O’Donell.DOCTOR: It means I die.
CLARA: No, not necessarily. We can change the sequence of events so
DOCTOR: This isn't a potential future. This is the future now. It's already happened. The proof is right there in front of you. I have to die.
CLARA: No. You can change things.
DOCTOR: I can't. Even the tiniest change, the ramifications could be catastrophic. It could spread carnage and chaos across the universe like ripples on a pond. Oh, well, I've had a good innings. I've got to go sometime.
CLARA: Not with me! Die with whoever comes after me. You do not leave me.
DOCTOR: Listen to me. We all have to face death eventually, be it ours or someone else's.
CLARA: I'm not ready yet. I don't want to think about that, not yet.
DOCTOR: I can't change what's already happened. There are rules.
CLARA: So break them. And anyway, you owe me. You've made yourself essential to me. You've given me something else to, to be. And you can't do that and then die. It's not fair.
CLARA: No. Doctor, I don't care about your rules or your bloody survivor's guilt. If you love me in any way, you'll come back.
It’s a better story than anything that’s come out of S11, and primarily because it focuses on character development.BENNETT: Yeah. Yeah. Except now you're going to do something about it, aren't you? Yeah, because it's getting closer to you. You change history to save yourself but not to save O'Donnell. You wouldn't save her.
DOCTOR: This isn't about saving me. I'm a dead man walking. I'm changing history to save Clara.
It's become an ongoing gag. She's always been like that. Ashildr wasn't her first colossal blunder.
I agree. This seasons lows have been low indeed, but I think when all is said and done we'll see over half of this season was at the least good. Not one of the best seasons of Who to be sure, but not a complete write-off.I thought that episode was absolutely amazing. I thought Rosa and Punjab were great episodes too, but this one's right up there with my other favorite Who episodes, I'm really happy I got to see an episode like that this series! Add Kerblam and Witchfinders to that, and to a lesser extend Woman Who Fell to Earth, and you do have a good 5 to 6 episodes I'm rather fond of here.
So if the finale impresses I think I'll actually be fairly happy with this season after being down on a lot of it. That said... it looks pretty bland in the trailers. So we'll see.
Oh fuck, I just realised that the reason the earcuff was on the wrong ear this episode is because they flipped the video when they were in the mirror dimension
The guest writers have really brought this series back from the brink for me, I'd rate all of those episodes higher than Chibnall's solo ones. Hopefully the finale won't disappoint. More guest writer episodes next series please!
The ending of this episode was brought to you by David Lynch.
The quality of the writing, banter dialogue and all reminded me of some if the earlier Moffat stuff minus the Moffat tropes, if that makes any sense.
I immediately recognised that Ribbons was Kevin Eldon, having rewatched some Big Train recently.
What? Didn't Steven Moffat already do that with Matt Smith as Steel?