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Doctor Who “Heaven Sent” Spoiler-Free Preview

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Okay, so what do we know about “Heaven Sent”, the penultimate episode of Doctor Who series nine, from pre-publicity and trailers? Crucially, this is the “Doctor-only” episode (which makes a pleasant change from the many Doctor-lite episodes we’ve had over the years). Although as you will have noticed from the trailer, that doesn’t mean he’s the only character in it (we see something chasing him) but he’s the only one with dialogue.

There’s also a castle in the middle of the ocean that does some spinny, room-changey thing (echoes of “Castrovlalva” perhaps?), something that looks like a block of ice which the Doctor hits, a portrait of Clara (damn, there goes our chance to tease you with a “Clara makes a cameo appearance” comment) and the Doctor’s still angry.

So what else can we tease you with?

  1. It’s very odd.
  2. Some people will get it and love it.
  3. Some people will not get it and hate it.
  4. Some people will get it and hate it
  5. Some people will not get it and love it.
  6. By “get it” we don’t just mean “understand it” – although there is an element of that. But also “get it” in the sense of “getting into the spirit of it.”
  7. Just for the record, Buzz loved it while not always getting it (we got most of it there’s just one element that made us go, “Huh?”)
  8. At times it’s as wilfully inscrutable in the way the final episode of The Prisoner was…
  9. On other hand, the main narrative is clear, strong and ingenious, with a fantastic – epic (in a sense) pay-off. The weirdness is in the margins, the details and a certain storytelling device.
  10. Peter Capadi is utterly magnificent, but then you’d expect that in an episode that relies on him so heavily.
  11. The direction from Rachel Talalay is superb; this could have been slow and talky but she keeps it pacy and visually interesting. Sure Moffat has written some magnificent visual to play with, but even in the less “showy” scenes she keeps the episode looking amazing.
  12. Aside from the hooded figure we see in the trailer, two other characters make an appearance.
  13. There’s a Time Bandits moment.
  14. There’s a Sherlock moment.
  15. There is the mother of all montages.
  16. A familiar piece of Who mythology makes a reappearance,
  17. A little-known fairy tale provides some inspiration.
  18. The Doctor discovers a grizzly secret beneath the waves.
  19. Some very big numbers are involved.
  20. A big revelation will make you go, “Oooooh!” and then, probably, “Eh?”
  21. Listen?

Read all our Doctor Who series nine reviews so far

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7 Comments

  1. Manchster Terrier. says:

    Anything that has elements of “The Prisoner” is fine by me.

  2. Tom Buxton says:

    Was Moffat right when he said he’d concocted a mammoth cliff-hanger for this one last year in DWM, or have the BBC all but spoiled the final moments of this episode with their plot synopses for both Episodes 11 and 12?

  3. Fredricka says:

    “Peter Capadi is utterly magnificent”

    Yes he is, He has acted the hell out of series 9

  4. Josh Jenkins says:

    Series 9 has, episode by episode, been a revelation. As with any series there are those who enjoy it and those who don’t, but it’s been a hell of a ride with every episode seeming to be the most anticipated of the lot by someone or other. I’ve been both a fan and strong critic of Moffat over the years, loving and hating a variety of the things he’s done. Of course I’m yet to see where the finale will go, but Series 9 is easily his strongest and most iconic work for the show. It’s been divisive as a show like Doctor Who should be, but it’s also been diverse and varied, fun, nostalgic, and a source of new ideas as well. Whilst I’m still not sold entirely on the structure of the series so far, everything else has slotted into place brilliantly.

  5. “The Doctor discovers a grizzly secret beneath the waves.”

    Did you mean grisly, or does the Doctor discover the ocean has been invaded by bears?

  6. […] MCM Buzz.com's preview says that "At times it’s as wilfully inscrutable in the way the final episode of The Prisoner was…On the other hand, the main narrative is clear, strong and ingenious, with a fantastic – epic (in a sense) pay-off. The weirdness is in the margins, the details and a certain storytelling device." […]

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