We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
By Steven Moffat
“What’s that in the mirror, and the corner of your eye? What’s the footstep following, but never passing by?”
We all have had nightmares. Waking up in the middle of the night in a fright and being scared for no apparent reason as our subconscious has a little fun at our own expense. We have all been there. But what is the cause? Is it an invisible creature under the bed waiting to get us? Those of us with kids have to deal with the inevitable nightmare in the middle of the night that wakes us in a startled state. But what happens when a Time Lord has a nightmare? What happens when he thinks he is not alone? We found out after watching “Listen” or did we.
Right from the beginning we are thrown in to it with The Doctor apparently talking to someone in the TARDIS but we cannot see the creature or person but we know it is there as there was a response to The Doctor’s question of what does it do and written on the chalk board was listen. But we were also given some doubt about the creature as Clara said it looked like The Doctor’s handwriting. I liked that as it kept me thinking if this was real or part of The Doctor’s subconscious playing tricks on him.
We get to know Danny Pink a little bit better in “Listen”. We find out he was the boy Rupert that they visited in the past and that he still kept a hold of the army guy into the future when we meet one of his future ancestors Orson who is the last man in the universe. Danny’s character gets some development as we learn more about him with his date with Clara which does not go well. This filler was fine as it did have some bearing on the story and is the distraction that sets The Doctor and Clara down his time stream.
The thing is was there ever a creature at all in the story or was this all in The Doctor’s head all along? When Clara returns to the TARDIS and proclaims what if there was nothing but The Doctor being afraid of the dark. Well was it? Was it all a wild goose chase? Which kind of leaves you thinking what did happen in this story and how could the thing on the bed in Rupert’s room be explained if this was just an investigation into The Doctor’s nightmare. Plus all that stuff in Orson’s ship making the banging noises. Was there something outside or was it just The Doctor’s imagination getting the best of him? “Listen” does pose a lot of questions and it leaves you deciding what happens. Lots of room for speculation and I am sure social network will be discussing “Listen” for a while now and that the arguments will be plenty.
Grade B +