Face the Raven
Episode / March 7, 2016

Aired 21 November 2015 This has been a strange series for the Doctor since he’s spent so much of it without a true companion. Sure, Clara has been there for the adventures proper, but it’s not been uncommon to see him travelling alone at the beginnings of episodes and picking her up at a later point. Even when Clara is around, there’s been a sense that the writers haven’t quite known what to do with her this year following Danny’s heartbreaking farewell(s). She certainly has had her standout moments, and it’s clear that she’s been assuming more of the Doctor’s traits and personality as time has progressed, but now the confidence that she’s never lacked has apparently backfired on her as she finally reached too far, resulting in what seems to be her death. Only time will tell if this death is final, as recent Doctor Who has made a habit of bringing characters back from seeming death, but as of now that is the case. Doctor Who has proven increasingly adept at toying with the typical structure of episodes and, instead of offering a cacophony of explosions at the climax, isn’t afraid to instead slow things down and allow…

Flatline
Episode / February 17, 2016

Aired 18 October 2014 ‘Flatline’ is yet another episode whose ending is going to the main talking point. With the Doctor and Clara as friendly towards each other as thy have been all series, Missy- with only one line- throws everything the audience thinks it knows about the relationship into turmoil. There’s an unknown implication here as Missy says that she has chosen well with Clara, perhaps revealing that Missy has been the one continually bringing Clara into the Doctor’s lives or that Clara is in some fashion allied with Missy. This masked divulgement will assuredly manifest in broader terms later in the series. As has been a bit of a recurring theme with this series, though, the events leading up to the bombshell ending are just as worthy of discussion since ‘Flatline’ continues the trend of fantastic episodes. It’s been broadly apparent since Capaldi’s debut episode that Clara has been taking on more of a Doctor-like role, becoming more confident and decisive, and that reaches a whole new level in ‘Flatline.’ With the TARDIS shrinking and the Doctor caught on the inside, it is up to Clara to carry on the investigation in the real world, going so far…