We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
By Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
“Well you’ve explained me to him but you haven’t explained him to me.”
Gareth Roberts who wrote the 11th Doctor stories The Lodger and Closing Time returns and gives us his first 12th Doctor story The Caretaker. I enjoyed Gareth Roberts 11th Doctor stories with Craig as they were fun to watch and had a bit of comedy to them. Not too much comedy and the stories were usually pretty good with The Lodger being the stronger of the two stories. The trailer for The Caretaker did look like it would be a funny lighthearted story which for the way the series has gone lately would be a good change considering Series 8 has by far been the darkest since the show has returned. The Caretaker sees The Doctor going deep undercover at Coal Hill School where Clara works to fend off an alien that can destroy the Earth. What follows is anything but stellar.
Here is one part of The Caretaker that didn’t really make much sense. Why did The Doctor choose a school to trap The Skovox Blitzer? Couldn’t he just have picked a deserted warehouse or factory to use to it in instead of the school? It doesn’t seem very Doctor like to trap an alien at a school where lots of innocents could get hurt especially if the innocents where children. Yes I know he did plan to do it at night when everyone went home but as we see The Skovox Blitzer returned during the evening when the school was filled for parent’s night. The only motive was strictly back to the soap opera angle and he wanted to see what Clara was up to and who her boyfriend was even if it wasn’t the Matt Smith look alike. Which at first I did not like but then we found out what he really was later on now. I’m intrigued a little bit more about this development.
I was disappointed that the whole saving the planet from the The Skovox Blitzer was nothing but a sidebar for The Caretaker. I would have liked it better if that part took center stage like he did in Closing Time with the Cybermat. It just seems that some of the stories seem to be concentrating on Clara. I think she has grown as a companion and come into her own but it shouldn’t be the Clara show with her old Scottish sidekick The Doctor. Not saying all the stories have been like that but so far we are on story six and it feels like half of the stories have been the Clara show.