Saturday, 25 October 2014

Dr Who Series Eight: Episode 10 — In The Forest Of The Night

The Doctor and Clara (Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman)
 watching the world go by
25th October, 2014.
You know, I’m starting to think I’m impressed … 

No, wait, scrub that bit out: I know I’m impressed … !

Possibly even VERY impressed.   Although I’ll have to say, that MAY be overstating it.

But maybe not … 

You know, you can tell it’s Saturday night, can’t you?

And you can tell I’ve just come away from tonight’s episode of Dr Who, can’t you … ?

Yeah … 

I thought you might … 


You’ve probably worked out — over the years — I’m a bit of a Dr Who fan.   You possibly can’t HELP but have noticed, can you … ?

Probably it’s had to avoid.

At any rate, I’m a fan: and one who’s been following Series 8 ever since Deep Breath.

With an increasing sense of … 

Well, I don’t know if ‘impressedness’ is a legitimate word: the dotted red line I’m getting, there, says it isn’t.

What I’m trying to say is that Series eight is telling me it’s — overall — a very good piece of work.

Granted, it’s a series that’s included Robot Of Sherwood.

But on the whole, Series 8’s been very good quality.

Then, along came tonight’s tenth episode: the Frank Cotrell-Boyce written, Sheree Folkson directed, In The Forest Of The Night.

And I’m impressed … bordering on stunned.


Set in the modern day, In The Forest Of The Night sees opens by showing us a little girl running through a forest: until she get’s to the TARDIS.

Where the girl — Maeve, played by Abigail Eames — tells an only slightly baffled Doctor that his sat-nav’s perfectly correct.

Yes, they’re in London.

And yes … 

That forest has grown up, overnight.

Baffling the Doctor.

And Clara … 

And Danny …

AND the group of school children they’ve taken on a trip to a London museum.

After all, you really don’t expect that much foliage, do you … ?


Now … 


I should say so!

As I said earlier, Series Eight’s had me good and impressed, these past few weeks.  It has, I feel, maintained an overall quality and consistency that’s been sorely missed.

In The Forest Of The Night only adds to that.

AND … ?

Tickles our fancy by hinting at the finale to come.

Personally … ?

I’m looking forward to that.

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