Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Face the Raven, and Heaven Sent

Trouble comes to the TARDIS in this week’s episode, as well as heartbreak as the Time Lord (Capaldi) and his Companion, Clara (Jenna Coleman) face the raven.

Written by Sarah Dollard this episode first aired on 21 November, 2015, and saw the return of Rigsy (Joivan Wade) and Ashildr (Maisie Williams).

RIgsy gets in touch with Clara because he discovers a strange numerical tattoo on his neck that is counting down. The Doctor investigates and discovers that the tattoo means the young man is going to die when the tattoo reaches zero. It has something to do with encountering an alien life form and murder in London, and the Doctor is going to find out who did it to Rigsy and why.

But going on this adventure is going to cost him more than he’s willing to pay, because it means we are forced to say goodbye to Clara who makes a final choice of her own when the Doctor is unable to save her, though she saves Rigsy.

All of it comes back to Ashildr. She is a mayor of a hidden refugee city in London, the tattoo is connected to a quantum shade that cannot be stopped.

It’s a strong, sad, beautiful end to Clara, and I will miss her because despite the friends he’s had in the TARDIS with him, I think Clara understands him most of all, and to have her taken away like that is wonderfully poignant.

We end on a cliffhanger, as the Doctor is transported away, leaving Rigsy to create some lovely street art in memoriam on the surface of the TARDIS.

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Heaven Sent was penned by Steven Moffat and first aired on 28 November, 2015. There’s a lot going on in this episode and the sheer temporal length of it could mess with people’s minds.

Th Doctor is trapped in a castle surrounded by water, and he is being stalked through its halls by a veiled creature, that will only leave him be when he offers up one of his secrets.

Suffering the loss of Clara, and having been transported away from Earth by Ashildr, the Doctor is unsure of where he is, but is ready to confront and deal with whatever may be occurring around him.

The story is filled with mysteries that are resolved and disturbing images, none more so than the Doctor accepting his own death, and a horrific discovery under the waters surrounding the castle. It is made more horrifying by the revelation of what they are.

It’s spooky, troubling, and all the reveals through the episode make this one a unique story, and honestly, it ended up being one of my favourites of this series.

The reveal of the time that has passed, and where the Doctor actually is plays out so well, and ties the previous episode nicely to this one, and the climax of the series next week with Hell Bent as the Doctor returns to Gallifrey.

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