Great Pretender Season 2 Review (Spoiler-Free), Doctor Who series 9 review: The Magician's Apprentice, Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch This Holiday Season, D.B. Listen is an episode of Doctor Who that’s going to have as many detractors as it does passionate advocates. Change ). It really works here, and part of the credit for that should go to returning Who director Douglas Mackinnon, who puts in exemplary work. Sorry if that sounds heavy-handed, but we work hard to keep our community as friendly as possible. And Is The Rational Explanation Always Right? …when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”, but eliminating the impossible is not as easy as Holmes made it seem. Or is it? Cooper in Pop Culture: 15 Best Movie and TV Moments, MST3K Turkey Day 2020: How to Watch the Marathon This Thanksgiving. Already have an account with us? It’s buzzing with ideas, recycles a few others, and has some really wonderful moments. With Listen, an impressive episode (ofetn hugely so) with a few problems, he goes right back over 1000 years into the timeline of the Doctor himself, as well as to the end of time itself (or does he?). If you bookmarked the link on our old site, then we’ve not moved this page to the new site and it’s either been retired or changed. Twitter feed for faster news and bad jokes right here, Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Episode 7 Review: Unification III. The latter is what’s causing doubt in my mind that there wasn’t a monster. Meanwhile, he’s sobbing under his covers, scared and alone. After a lighthearted romp in Sherwood Forest, Doctor Who returned Saturday with a dark, psychological and all together different tale. And be our Facebook chum here. Danny’s soldiering past contains at least one secret we’ve not yet learned, but one Clara is likely to discover. Unless we’re widely off target, it will not be their last. This is especially true when concerning a show like Doctor Who, which is quite literally made up of our wildest fantasies. To find what you’re after, please try using the search box or main navigation. But, on the other hand, it’s so easy to believe in the unknown, that is why we are scared of the dark. After all, when the facts are all laid out for us, the probability is that a child wouldn’t be able to keep up that charade nor move that quickly or quietly. Grounding one scene in particular in horror cinema’s constant teaching that less is more, Mackinnon – aided by some excellent Murray Gold audio work – really generates the creeps. Create a free website or blog at One of Moffat’s skills when coming up with his Doctor Who monsters, albeit a trick he’s used a few times now, is to go back to simple stuff that naturally startles and scares human beings. ( Log Out /  DuckTales Season 3 Episode 17 Review: The Fight for Castle McDuck! To be fair, he’s been open in the past about how you shouldn’t believe him on matters Doctor Who, nor did he specifically rule it out, and you have to say that his latest venture is ambitious. He’s got ideas as to what he wants to do with Doctor Who, and – against a backdrop of not always unanimous acclaim – he continues to tread that path. Next up to the plate? Get the Christmas double issue delivered to your home for £5 and free postage. Thanks! By entering your details, you are agreeing to Radio Times privacy policy. Some easily, like the pipes of the ship creating a howling kind of sound, and some not so easily, like that shape sitting on Rupert Pink’s bed. There may be at least one fumble in the future, too. For us? Please try searching instead. IMPORTANT NOTE TO COMMENTERS: If you are intending to comment below, please note: any comment that we deem to be trolling, offensive or more interested in attacking human beings than talking about Doctor Who will be deleted. Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This episode also marked the first appearance of Gallifrey since The Day of the Doctor and the first non-archival appearance of the First Doctor on television since The Five Doctors in 1983, with glimpses of him as … Listen is a strong example of that. Monster moral of the story: you can have all the make-up and prosthetics in the world, but sometimes, another trip to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill is enough to give you the willies. Listen was the fourth episode of series 8 of Doctor Who. ( Log Out /  It’s all the better because Moffat doesn’t give all the answers. Doctor Who- Listen (8.04): Was There A Monster? There are some other things about Listen that deserve a word or two as well. Yep, you can spot where this is going a mile off. The thing is, though, we can’t help but come back to Clara. Listen is an episode of Doctor Who that’s going to have as many detractors as it does passionate advocates. Then we come to Danny Pink. I fear the latter may be my problem concerning this episode. The only answer the show gives us, and the only answer with any logic behind it, is that one of Rupert’s friends had covered himself in a sheet and set out to scare Rupert. ( Log Out /  Follow our Twitter feed for faster news and bad jokes right here. If that’s what they don’t talk about then, what do they talk about? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Could he have exited as quickly as he did? Could he have entered the room so quietly and without being noticed? If you say that the monster in ‘Listen’ doesn’t exist are you living in more of a fantasy world than the show? And whilst Doctor Who has shown us the youth of Gallifrey in the past – think back to Russell T Davies showing us the young version of The Master – it’s still likely to be the last ten minutes of Listen that dominate most of the post-show debates. We’re still a long way from having a duff episode in series 8. We find ourselves back in the barn we saw in Day Of The Doctor. On one hand, yes, everything eerie that happened in ‘Listen’ could be explained. The key in the situation of ‘Listen” and in real life is to find a balance between our imaginations and logic. The plan with series 8 was clearly to evolve the character of Clara, something Jenna Coleman has taken to with aplomb, but a third of the way through, she’s effectively the lead at this stage, as the 12th Doctor continues to thaw.