Series 8, episode 5 – Time Heist

Tell me, if you would rob a bank for the super rich people, the most secured bank in the galaxy, and you would have a TARDIS availabe (or any other time machine), what would you do? Which steps would you follow in order to get to owner’s personal vault, the most protected room in the bank? In which moment would you act in order to have the greatest chance to succed? Remember that it’s not just a bank heist, it’s the time heist, and you can pick any moment in time!

If I succeded in making you think and to imagine things (imagination is very good!) then that’s great. Even you have already watched this episode of Doctor Who’s series 8. You may say that the action from Time Heist is as you expected to be, but it’s much worse than the previous episode: I expected something better from the Doctor and his companions. It’s the first time the Doctor robs a bank, the episode should be great, but, somehow, does not meet my expectations even if the actor’s interpretation is good.

When Clara is preparing for a date with Danny Pink the Doctor’s pursue to convince her to travel with him somewhere else seems to be unsuccesful. Until the moment the Time Lord gets a call through the TARDIS on a phone number very few people knew. And the next image, without any tranzition, show us the Doctor, Clara and two other companions in a dark room, without remembering how they got there and why, because of the memory worms holding in their hands. The new guys were the hacker / augmented man Psi and the shapeshifter / mutant woman Saibra. All they knew is that they had to break into the most secured bank in the galaxy and to get some artefacts, the Architect offered some detailed information how to do that, plus some stimulents on the road, and that they were already inside! And their survival depended on how well they furfilled their task and getting out.

And their story begins: they had to stand against the guards of the bank and their boss, and the Teller as well: an alien creature looking as the Greek Minotaur, but with psychic powers that allowed him to feel guilt and to erase the guilty man’s brains, transforming them into a “soup”. The story of the time / temporal / bank heist is not as good as expected, but it becomes a love story, and a freedom story from jail and oblivion. Do you remember what I told you in the article about the previous episode? The time is circular, and sometime the effect of an action can precede the cause that put in motion the gears to obtain the effect. And you have to find out yourselves who are the lovers in this episode and what’s the identity of the Architect.

Writers Steve Thompson and Steven Moffat, director Douglas Mackinnon, producer Peter Bennett, executive producer Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Jonathan Bailey (Psi), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Saibra), Keeley Hawes (Ms Delphox), Mark Ebulue (Guard), Trevor Sellers (Mr Porrima), Junior Laniyan (Suited Customer), Ross Mullan (The Teller).

The next episode is The Caretaker, whos story is writtern by Garth Roberts and Steven Moffat. The action is at Coal Hill highschool. where Clara Oswald and Danny Pink are teachers: when terrible events are threathening the highschool and people inside, and the terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity the Doctor decides to go undercover, as the caretaker. How do you think the Doctor and Danny will react when they’ll meet and find out about each other, the most important men in Clara’s life? 😀

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