Hey there! Today I’m reviewing the most recent Doctor Who episode, “Kill the Moon,” with Bridget from Nerds Inc. She’s a pretty cool blogger, and based on her comments in the following review, we seem to agree about mostly everything!
P.S. You can find previous collaborative reviews of Doctor Who‘s eighth series here.
Bridget is a nerdy fourteen-year-old blogger who loves cats, tea, bad puns, and smashing the patriarchy. She is of the opinion that Doctor Who would be a million times better if there were A) more Vastra and Jenny, and B) less Moffat. She blogs at Nerds Inc.
Warning: Spoilers ahead, sweetie!
Hello, everyone. It’s Engie. So. For this review, Bridget and I decided to do the review equivalent of ‘seven quick takes.’ I have no idea when or where this meme-thingy originated, because I’ve seen it on all sorts of blogs, but anyway. It’s short and simple – yay!
Also, I just realized I’m posting this seven quick takes review on October seventh… and we’re discussing the seventh episode. That was not intentional, I swear. It just sort of happened.
Anyway, I’ll hand it over to Bridget now. Her sections are in italics.
1. Maybe it’s just me, but this episode seemed a lot like “The Beast Below.” (Which is probably one of my all time favorite Doctor Who episodes.) I mean, the creatures themselves probably weren’t the same, but the concepts of the episodes were. It seems pretty unlikely that the creature from “Kill the Moon” was a Star Whale, but who knows? Moffat has been echoing back to (relatively) older episodes a lot lately.
2. I am highly amused that Twelve and Clara wore the exact same spacesuits that Ten and Rose did back in series two. (In “The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit.”) I like to play the “find which old sets/costumes/et cetera the BBC is recycling this time” game.
3. Why was Courtney even in this episode? I mean, sure, she was fun, but… she didn’t contribute to the story at all. The episode wouldn’t really have changed if it was just Clara and Lundvik.
4. Ha ha! I agree with everything else you’ve said (both above and below #4 here), but I’m afraid I have to disagree with you about Courtney. I adore her. In my review of the previous episode, “The Caretaker,” I lamented the fact that we probably wouldn’t see Courtney again. Well, I was wrong. And I’m so happy about that. She has spunk. More spunk than Clara. I WANT COURTNEY, NOT DANNY, AS THE NEXT COMPANION!
5. It was the year 2049, but Moffat said Courtney was going to be the first woman on the moon. Are you seriously telling me that thirty five years in the future there hasn’t been a single woman on the moon? Wow, that’s not at all sexist.
6. I think Clara will leave soon – and I’m SO EXCITED about that! Her little hissy fit at the end of the episode seemed a little abrupt and not a very good conclusion, so I don’t think her time on the TARDIS is over yet, but I think this is the beginning of the end. Splendid. Go away. That sounded really mean, didn’t it? But I still don’t like her. Sure, series eight has improved her, but she’s still one of my least favorite companions ever.
7. This episode seemed to have a lot of plot holes in it. What was up with that? And there was a lot of pseudoscience, too. Like, the Mexicans found no minerals on the moon? What happened? Did they disappear? And why did the moon gain mass? What was the point of the spider things? Who funded Lundvik and her team? I have a lot of questions.
Engie here. Time for the conclusion, and for our thoughts on this episode overall!
I’m kind of shocked that this one wasn’t written by Moffat. It had his trademark ‘amazing concept with horrible execution.’ I’m being really negative, though, aren’t I? It wasn’t that bad. The concept was good. And overall, I enjoyed the episode. Strax would’ve made it 900% better, but I digress.
Yeah, it wasn’t terrible. But it wasn’t outstanding either. It reminded me of most of series seven… lots of flashy stuff but not much substance. It just didn’t interest me that much. And Strax wasn’t in it either – I thought he might be because at one point he wanted to, like, kill people on the moon. Or something. Whatever. It’s not an episode that I’d want to rewatch, but it’s not one that I loathe with a passion either.
Oh, and one more thing before we wrap up this review: Bridget, who do you think Missy is?
Um. I’ve read a lot of theories that I liked, but none of them really seemed to fit. My favorite is probably the Dark Clara one, though – Missy is one of the alternate versions of Clara who was scattered through the Doctor’s timeline. This version was driven insane, though, and she wants nothing but to find the Doctor. The Master could also be Missy, but it’s not very likely.
Cool! I hadn’t heard that theory before, actually.
Thanks for reviewing with me, Bridget! It was fun!
What is YOUR opinion on “Kill the Moon?” I’d love to know!