If you already watched the previous episode (Under the lake) you already know the first part of the story: the Doctor and Clara are brought by the TARDIS to a underwater base set for exploring oil, people are dying one by one and they transform into criminal ghosts. At the end of third episode the Doctor and 2 companions travel back in time, before the dam being destroyed and before the lake covering the nearby town, just in the moment of the arrival of the alien ship that started all the problems you already know.
The episode is quite predictable, especially because some elements could be guessed deducted quite easy because of the Doctor’s ghost appearance, and the new elements that you descover now does not influence the result too much. More: you are given the key element of the action in the beginning of the episode, so you can relax, watch the action unfolding and the confrontation between the Doctor and The Fisher King.
The good thing is that action is not slow, it keeps you alert even if you already know some of the key elements and you find out about everything you need from the beginning. More: you could become curious to find out how the characters discover the unknown elements of the puzzle and how they solve their problems. Or how they can create exactly the future they wanted in order keep their personal past unchanged. The two episodes succeed in creating a circular story that can only be developed with time travels.
In this episode the action is jumping from the year 2119 to 1980, during the cold war, into a training town for learning people to live in Russia. The alien ship had just arrived, and Prentis, the Tivolian that became the first ghost, was still alive. The two energy sources were on the ship, also the Tivolian’s master, The Fisher King. But he wasn’t exactly dead, and from this moment you have to watch the episode to find out for yourselves the rest of the story.
On the other end of time stream, on the base into the future, Clara is behaving very much alike the Doctor. And, at least in some degree, she knows about this transformation and that huge gap between the others (the old Clara) and the current Clara.
Directed by Daniel O’Hara, written by Toby Whithouse. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), Arsher Ali (Bennett), Morven Christie (O’Donnell), Neil Fingleton (The Fisher King), Zaqi Ismail (Lunn), Paul Kaye (Prentis), Sophie Leigh Stone (Cass), Colin McFarlane (Moran), Steven Robertson (Pritchard), Peter Serafinowicz (The Fisher King – voce), Corey Taylor (The Fisher King).
The next episode of series 9 is The girl who died. With some weird vikings and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from Game of Thrones).
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Meet the Fisher King: Peter Capaldi talks him and Game of Thrones.
Jenna Coleman talks about the Sonic Shades – the Doctor’s wearable technology!
What’s it like playing a Tivolian on Doctor Who? Paul Kaye tells us all how is playing Prentis.
Slipknot on Doctor Who set: Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame visits the TARDIS and lends his roar to the Fisher King!
Strictly come ghosting: behind-the-scenes at Before the Flood ‘Ghost Camp’!
Why is Clara like the Doctor? Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat discuss the development of Clara.
Peter Capaldi tells you what it’s like to become a monster, a ghost!