After all these years, I honestly thought that there were no odd twists and no intricate plotlines left for Steven Moffat to make up. But apparently, I was wrong.
Because I must say that the last five minutes of ‘Heaven Sent’ were quite unexpected and genius –even if they had extremely sad connotations- and they paid off for the somewhat slow start of the episode. Because that ending had a double purpose: on one hand, the Doctor is a fighter, so he spends what seems like an eternity digging his way out of his nightmare; but on the other hand, the man has spent literally billions of years dying and “coming to life” over and over again. That montage was severely depressing and it almost made me cry.
But let’s discuss the rest of the episode as well! As I expected, the result of this season of foreshadowing has meant that I am not properly sad about Clara’s death (a death I now realise was a bit pointless), but more about the fact that the Doctor has lost a friend. He kept missing her and pretending as if he were talking to her, but other than that, this episode was for Capaldi alone, and I don’t think the Doctor really needed a companion to face something that he had to do by himself.
The episode itself was quite creepy and I found it scary (granted, I find everything scary). It made me think that it is impossible for a kid to watch Doctor Who at this stage: it must have been completely terrifying for a child to witness ‘Heaven Sent’.
But of course, we all knew where this was going: Gallifrey! I wish they had been dropping more hints about this and fewer about Clara’s fate, because it felt a bit like it came out of nowhere. But who cares? We are finally there! And I hope this will be connected to the 50th anniversary and we will get to see Capaldi saying “No, Sir, all thirteen!” because I have been waiting for more than two years to see that!
“And the shepherd’s boy says…”
-I love the fact that the inside of the Doctor’s brain when he is thinking is him inside the TARDIS telling the story of how he solved the problem.
-This kept me worried the entire time: where did he get the food from? Did he cook that soup? Where did he get it?
-So many close-ups of the skull made quite obvious that it was the Doctor. Loved it!
-I have so many questions about this hybrid thing, but I’m just going to wait to see what happens in the finale.
-I know some people might complain that room 12 should also reset, therefore the wall of Azbantium should still be intact, but people, please stop thinking.
-All those skulls in the ocean are the Doctor’s. That is creepy beyond reason.