Heaven Sent
Episode / March 7, 2016

Aired 28 November 2015 It’s the penultimate episode of the series, and Doctor Who is still taking risks and playing with expectations, as usual meeting with fantastic results. Following last week’s apparent demise of Clara, the stakes are astronomical and yet, for almost the entirety of the running time of ‘Heaven Sent,’ the Doctor is the only character on screen, allowing Peter Capaldi to deliver another masterfully redefining performance as the titular Time Lord. Steven Moffat’s script for ‘Heaven Sent’ picks up after the events of ‘Face the Raven,’ the Doctor still very emotional and very angry as he is transported to a sinister castle-like environment. One of the biggest achievements here is just how much business is taken care of in a short period of time, setting the Doctor against relentless tests and seemingly insurmountable odds. There’s no real time travel component to this story to keep track of, but Moffat doesn’t take time to make sure everyone is caught up. He has a confidently straightforward vision with a lot to say and trusts that everyone viewing is on board and has faith in him to see it through to its conclusion. This is one of the most helpless…