In the Forest of the Night
Frank Cottrell Boyce
“This is my world too. I walk your Earth. I breathe your air.”
In the Forest of the Night sounds like a title to a fairytale more than it does for Doctor Who story. But then again that was more or less the gist of the story as it was full of fairytale references. From Little Red Riding Hood to Handsel and Gretel In the Forest of the Night was one big fairytale. It was a very different story with all the trees that had sprung up over London and the world for that matter and that was another fairytale reference in itself as forests are supposed to be dark and scary and the one that The Doctor was in was just that. It was full of wolves and tigers and seemed to have over grown all of London and The Doctor had to find Maebh, who herself was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, who had wandered off into the forest and seemed to be the only one that knew what was going on. Like I said it was a different story.
I did like the way Danny Pink found out about Clara lying to him. By seeing the homework books in the TARDIS was a good touch and not having her getting caught going in the TARDIS with The Doctor as that scenario has been done before and just not on this show. It was a nice subtle throw away part that was easily resolved before this Saturday’s series finale. I did like how the kids at Coal Hill School were used in this story but what is confusing me a little bit is isn’t the kids supposed to be high school age? These kids looked like middle school age and a lot younger than the kids we have seen already from the school.
Grade B –