The Caretaker
Episode / February 15, 2016

Aired 27 September 2014 The first five episodes of this series of Doctor Who have featured a wide array of settings and tones, all the while managing to start piecing together Danny Pink as Clara’s love interest as well the enigmatic Missy. ‘The Caretaker’ finally takes the time to slow things down to allow all of the characters to actually talk and to think about their situations, offering another strong episode in the process. Before the credits start up, Clara is already put through a whirlwind montage as she tries to save the universe in the TARDIS, keep her job at Coal Hill School, and blossom her romance with Danny. It’s all too apparent that this is an impossible lifestyle for her to maintain and, reasonably, Danny starts asking for explanations for her erratic behaviour and cancellations while she wants time to figure things out and how honest to be. Wisely, then, ‘The Caretaker’ takes place at Coal Hill School in the present, with the Doctor trying- predictably and humorously unsuccessfully- to blend into the background as he tries to solve a mystery of his own. It’s a testament to ‘The Caretaker’ for just how much is resolved so effortlessly,…