In the Forest of the Night: A Doctor Who Episode Review

Spoilers Sweetie!

Peter Capaldi

How I wish the premise of this episode was true. It would be an irony if the trees – which human beings seem intent on eradicating – where the source of the protection the Earth needs to survive astronomical disastrous events. It would certainly justify my tree-hugging stance.

I was pleased to see more of Danny Pink this episode, and to discover why he isn’t lured into travelling with the Doctor. His heroics with the tiger was an excellent scene. For those who have never read William Blake’s poetry (which would surprise me) this episode’s title referred to the poem ‘The Tyger’.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Clara has been caught out again about her lying to Danny. Seriously, I am beginning to suspect she isn’t able to make the connections and learn the lesson. She has to overcome her trust issues – and if I was Danny I would have given her the flick long ago. He is a better person than I am.

The Doctor was rather subdued in this episode. I missed the attack eyebrows and the angst and the anger.

Wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey was central to this episode. Clara points out to the Doctor that they have seen the Earth in the future, and the human race hasn’t been wiped out by a catastrophic sun flare. The Doctor informs her that this event would wipe all that future away. This was something brought up in ‘Kill the Moon’; time isn’t stone, it is flexible and histories can change. It is interesting to see how a throw-away line made seasons ago has become part of the canon.

This was the last stand alone episode, the season is nearly over. (Is that a chorus of woe I hear? Let me add my howl of protest.) Missy had a short scene at the end of this episode, and it is inferred that she finally makes herself known to the Doctor next episode, Dark Water. The trailer for the next episode shows Cybermen. Is Missy a part of a Cybermen plot, or unexpected assistance, or something else entirely? Please feel free to share your theories with me. Take into account the finale is called Death in Heaven.

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