Truth be told, I spent most of ‘Kill the Moon’ thinking it was a not-so-great episode (I wrote the word “Meh” every couple of minutes), but then the episode got a great moment from Capaldi and suddenly, boom! Clara exploded and the story headed in a completely different direction.
Basically, the plot saw Clara and the Doctor travelling to the Moon in 2049 with Clara’s student Courtney, whom I can only assume was used as an audience surrogate, and when I say audience I mean that part of the viewership that is under 15 –are there any kids actually watching Doctor Who nowadays? I don’t think children would understand half of it, and Capaldi is not as kid-friendly as Tennant or Smith. Anyway, the go to the Moon, which is causing a lot of trouble on Earth because it has “put on weight” and some astronauts are going to blow it up. For a plot so riveting, it was developed in a rather boring style.
But thankfully, things started getting interesting when the Doctor revealed that the problem with the Moon was that it was actually an eggshell! There was a creature inside that was about to be born. Now the decision was to kill it and keep the Moon or to let it live, with the consequences that it would entail for our planet. In short, the Doctor disappears and lets them decide by themselves.
The episode then delivered what I thought was going to be the best speech of ‘Kill the Moon’, as the Doctor takes everybody back to Earth to witness the birth of the Thingy. But no, that was not all, because back in the present day, Clara told him off, but not in a way maybe Amy Pond (to mention a recent one) would have. No, no, no. Clara was so pissed off that it actually scared me: I even thought that she would not show up anymore after this episode. I was dumbfounded, properly shocked. Is that why the episode itself was a bit dull at first, so that we would be taken aback at the ending?
Nevertheless, next week we have a murder mystery! Or something similar. Not sure, we will have to wait and see.
Little eye blinks
-There were some remarkable plot points, to be fair. There was an obvious parallelism between killing the Moon and the abortion debate. The Tumblr joke made me laugh (although, that astronaut was obviously already alive in 2014. There is no way her grandmother was a Tumblr user), and the mention that there is a female president.
-Capaldi’s face when he announces that the Moon is an egg is priceless.
-“Honestly, do you have music playing in your head when you say rubbish like that?” Ouch! That is when I was left thinking “did she really just say that?”
-“You’re never finished with anyone while they can still make you angry.”
-“She’s fine. What are you, 35?” “15.”