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
“I am The Doctor. I’m coming to find you and I’ll never ever stop.”
After the emotional story Face the Raven we are given a story that is absolutely different and something we haven’t seen in Doctor Who for some time, A companionless story. Well this story could be called Doctor Who meets Groundhogs Day because that’s how it felt towards the end when it became repetitive and dragged out a bit too long watching him punch the diamond wall over and over again. The normal 45 minutes would have sufficed and some of the Groundhog Day sequences could have been cut down a bit. That’s my opinion and it seems I’m in the minority here as lots of thought it was great. But I did get what they were doing and what tale they were referencing if you Google How Long is Eternity? you’ll have the source for why The Doctor was punching the diamond and why it took 2 million years which was pretty clever in a way but I still thought that it was way to reminiscent of Groundhog Day instead of a fable but the fable is where it comes from.
By reading the first two paragraphs you would think that I totally hated Heaven Sent. That’s not true at all. I did enjoy it for the most part and really liked what they did and tried to accomplish. This story sort of reminded me of the Matrix scenes from The Deadly Assassin when The Doctor was in that strange world going up against Goth and trying to find out what The Master was up to. I did enjoy watching Peter Capaldi’s Doctor racing around this castle afraid for his life. I really enjoyed the mystery surrounding everything and the clues that he left for himself just added to the whole mystery of the story in general as you wanted to know what was inside room twelve and what bird means. Stuff like that I really enjoy and I really get into the story that way.
I also enjoyed him talking to Clara in his mind. Here we get to see how The Doctor thinks and how he figures out how to get out of a situation. This was pretty good and added another dimension of the story as he needed someone to explain something to and if talking to a Clara in his mind helps the audience know what is going on which I am fine with that as it was done well and really added something to the overall story.
Grade C +