Time Heist
Episode / February 15, 2016

Aired 20 September 2014 It’s taken five episode into this series of Doctor Who, but ‘Time Heist’ finally offers a story where the focus is on the Doctor, allowing him to take charge of a situation after Clara had been so very proactive and decisive in the first four episodes. Unsurprisingly, Capaldi proves adept at anchoring an episode, and he continues to refine his character as he displays a bit more anger and edge. The exposition for the main story is effective in both emotion and pace. Clara has been going about her life and dating Danny Pink when the TARDIS suddenly lands in her house and the Doctor tries to detail his plans, stopped suddenly by the ringing of the TARDIS phone. Suddenly the two find themselves in an unknown location and joined by a shapeshifter named Saibra and an augmented human gamer named Psi, a recording explaining that they have all agreed to have their memories wiped via the return of the memory worms. And so the scene is set as an unknown voice tasks the group of four with breaking into the most secure bank ever created where every move, thought, and even breath is monitored. The…