Kyle J. Steenblik

Doctor Who: The Caretaker: Yes, Peter Capaldi is getting better.

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Just in case you didn’t really know, what The Doctor really thinks of humans The Caretaker will show you.  The Time Lord that believes humans are thick enough to fall for his ultimate disguise, a new jacket, and the alias “John Smith” (but you can call him, The Doctor).  Never mind the fact that it worked on nearly everyone, the fact that he knew it would work is mildly infuriating, we ARE pudding heads.  Pudding aside, even the Skovox Blitzer is nothing aside compared to the ultimate confrontation between Danny Pink and The Doctor.

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The Caretaker

Season 8 | Episode 6 | Original Airdate: September 27th, 2014

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school the Doctor decides to go undercover. The Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity – and worse, any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.

Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat. Directed by Paul Murphy.

The Caretaker is one of those episodes where the main plot is not really the point of the episode.  The point here was to introduce Danny to The Doctor.  It was an explosive introduction.  Danny, like Rory, was able to see to The Doctor’s core right away.  The Doctor has never really possessed that talent, in spite of his latent psychic abilities he has trouble with people.  All in all The Doctor is an exceptionally flawed character that makes a lot of very nearly catastrophic mistakes.  It is through companions like Clara and Danny that The Doctor is able to connect with humanity, something he can’t do alone.  Granted The Doctor and Danny only just met, and they don’t quite like each other yet, I see Danny becoming a companion as inevitable.

If you haven’t guessed yet, the fierce confrontation between Danny and The Doctor is by far the highlight of this episode, if not the season thus far.  Not for its entertainment value, but for the deeper revelations it offered into the two characters.  That one scene is worth the value of the entire episode, if you ask me, and I should note that I think you did.

Space and time shattering shouting matches aside, if you were to cut that scene out of this episode you would still be left with one of the funniest episodes of the season.  Not because of some terrific banter between The Doctor and other characters, like you had in Robot of Sherwood, it is simply because of Capaldi’s terrific timing.  I am amazed by his comedic timing here, he has exercised it before, but usually playing off someone else,  here  he is really on his own playing off everyone else as a strait man.  Really I don’t know why I’m telling you this, if you saw it you are sitting (or standing, I don’t judge) reading this nodding because you know.  If you haven’t seen it I imagine you are kicking yourself now because you have no idea what I’m actually talking about, don’t worry, calm down.  There are loads of way to watch this episode if you missed it, which I recommend you do.  This way you won’t be left out of the conversation.

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