Series 8, episode 9 – Flatline

Doctor Clara. Doctor Clara Oswald. It does not sound bad at all, right? Especially that it fits perfectly the character and the direction she was heading lately. It’s not something new, and in the previous episodes (especially Kill the Moon) she only got prepared for the last night adventure. If the Doctor’s behaviour from the episode Kill the Moon puzzled you, well, Clara’s behaviour from Flatline will amaze you: she not only gets the psychic paper and the sonic screwdriver because the Doctor gets trapped into the TARDIS whos exterior dimensions have shrinked, but she stats behaving just like the Time Lord. About the lies she keeps telling the Doctor and Danny I am not saying anything, but you already know that the Doctor is lying, right?

So, the people started disappearing: when they were in town, when they were inside their homes, or inside a closed room and without possibilities to get out unnoticed. And when they left something behind, most of the times the remains were so insignificant they were unnoticed or they did not look human. And the Doctor and Clara get to Bristol, some distance from their destination (120 miles / 200 km) just to descover with some surprise that something weird was happening around them. Even the TARDIS’ dimension was pratical infinit (you know, the name is an acronim for Time and Relative Dimension in Space and it’s bigger on the inside: she has a pool, a huge library, some acres of space and a real Sun trapped inside), the exterior dimensions start shrinking fast: first it became a smaller blue box, hardly having enough space for a person, and it became a small little blue box you can put inside your bag. And Clara did exactly that for an important part of the episode: she traveled with TARDIS inside her bag, talking to the Doctor and getting out from the TARDIS what she has needed: a psychic paper or a sonic screwdriver, a sledge hammer and a device to shift objects between 2D and 3D.

The reason for Doctor’s headaches and people disappearing are the Bansky, a new type of monsters that proves to be something to be scared of: they come from a different Univers, a bidimensional ones (it means it only has 2 dimensions) and they are trying to get into a tridimensional Universe. The one occupied by the Doctor, Clara and the teams of workers she met when she wondered around trying to find out more information about what was happening, and the train traveling near them in the tunnel. First they were in the walls and in the floor, making people bidimensional, at first, then objects (as couches, handles, an entire train). The gifted graffity artist Rigsy proves to be a real help in solving the mystery and then saving the world, but you’ll have to find out yourselves how. You have to remember Doctor’s basic idea: use the power of your enemy against themselves. Now I can tell you that the episode is excellent, full with humor (including Doctor’s jiggle) and references to another movies (the train has the signal code A113, Pixar’s fans know all about that, and the hand from Adams family movies is already legendary). Missy appears again, proud by her choice (about Clara). She has good reasons why: she saved the Doctor and with his help she saved the world. Again,

Director Douglas Mackinnon, writer Jamie Mathieson, producer Nikki Wilson, executive producers Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), John Cummins (Roscoe), Jessica Hayles (PC Forrest), Joivan Wade (Rigsy), Christopher Fairbank (Fenton), Matt Bardock (Al), Raj Bajaj (George), James Quinn (Bill), Michelle Gomez (Missy).

Next time on Doctor Who series 8 it’s In the Forest of the Night, the tenth episode written by Frank Cottrell Boyce: one morning, in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet.Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth and the land the humans have taken from millenia. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived… And we’ll watch Danny Pink and some kids in action, in the middle of a future London.

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