Review of “Listen”


The doctor gives us a scare at first with a monologue about fear and evolution. This monster is reminiscent of The Silence. A monster we cannot see. The unseen is far scarier to the imagination than what we can see. What is so scary about the weeping angels is that when we blink/look away, they are suddenly closer than ever. Once again, a monster moving unseen.

I have said it before, but the person who perfected this instrument of fear and was aware of the unseen being scary is Hitchcock. Moffat is starting to realize his strengths and play to them. Moffat has introduced two monsters that focus on the unseen, The Silence and the Weeping Angels. These are two monsters that at first we found terrifying, but as we learned more about them, the less scared we became, and it seems the same for the doctor. His need to know is similar to Sherlock’s insatiable need to be right and to know, endangering everyone just to know, to prove a point.

The Doctor tells Clara he is linking her timeline with the tardis, even her future. So of course she gets distracted and goes to Danny Pink. I will not reveal in which way or how these interactions end. However, as Clara flies the Doctor to safety after a brutal encounter that knocked him unconscious, by an unseen force. A young time lord is found, Clara hides under his bed but reiterating his words of reassurance that she has heard from him, timey wimey for you, and Clara delivers a beautiful speech.

The children who watch this may squirm a bit, but ultimately the episode is not too scary for children. As a self proclaimed “Moffat hater”, his recent episodes has shown he has improved in some areas and perhaps that Peter Capaldi was the perfect choice for Moffat. The show probably would have been fine with a different Doctor, but Moffat’s writing would not be quite the same. Clara Oswald seems to be an actual real person instead of “the impossible girl”, a ridiculous complicated plot that floats on a breeze like the leaf that began Clara’s story. Too cheesy, too overachieving , when a simple character plot with perhaps a teaser (maybe such as Missy?) would be a better story. Moffat’s character development is getting better.

The unseen monster under the bed, is neither scary or scary, but judgement will reserved until a later time. The story needs more exploration if it is to be called scary.

Danny Pink is also becoming a more interesting character by the minute, although let’s hope that we Clara will not leave the doctor anytime soon for Pink anytime soon. Moffat’s writing is better than Davies when it comes to secondary characters, Rory and Pink seem to have more character to them than Mickey did, Mickey was really even a character, more like a “oh yeah, this person could have been written out of the show and it would have made no difference except maybe missing a few good retaliation lines.” Rory may have had more depth and character to him than even Amy Pond. I think Moffat has realized just how important the companions are, and that although they are important to creating interesting story lines, they are also a perfect sounding board for a complex old soul such as the Doctor. The Watson to the Sherlock, they are important to each other, they are a hard balance to work out on screen, but once it happens, the dynamics they get off of each other is priceless in wit and personal revelations. The Doctor has slowly dispersed personal information about his home life, his planet, and such personal details but it’s usually companions that draw these details out of him.

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