Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 5: Time Heist Review


When I first saw the “next time” trailer for Time Heist, it looked very interesting and fun to me. The idea of a bank robbery involving time travel just sounds like such a fresh and exciting idea. Unfortunately the episode is not executed very well, and comes off rushed. Capaldi is fantastic as usual in the episode, and just like Matt Smith is able to take a mediocre script and make it great because of his acting ability.

Quick summary, The Doctor, Clara and two new characters, Psi and Saibra are recruited by the mysterious “Architect.” They all are forced to use a memory worm to wipe their memories to protect them. The Doctor, Psi, and Saibra were recruited because they all have a particular skill-set. Psi is a master hacker, and Saibra can shape-shift into any person or thing she makes physical contact with. The team is tasked with breaking into the most secure bank in the universe, the bank of Karabraxos. The Doctor and his team must avoid “The Teller,” a creature that can sense guilt and use that to turn someone’s brain into soup (yikes). The Teller was the reason The Doctor and his team used the memory worm, to have no memory of planning to rob the bank of Karabraxos.

The Doctor is met by Miss Delphox (Keeley Hawes) who helps run the bank of Karabraxos. When The Doctor, Clara, Psi and Saibra (who supposedly died earlier, but it was revealed the devices they were given were teleporters) finally meet Karabraxos they are surprised to find out that she looks exactly like Miss Delphox. It is revealed that Miss Delphox is a clone of Karabraxos, and The Teller is a prisoner being held by Karabraxos and forced to do her bidding, otherwise she will kill his mate, who is also a prisoner (cue “Evil Woman” by E.L.O. haha).

The Doctor figures out what has been going on the whole time and gives Karabraxos his number to call the TARDIS setting the events of the beginning of the episode in motion. The Doctor also figures out that HE is The Architect (a little predictable, if you listen to The Architect carefully it sounds like Peter Capaldi with a voice changer).

For some strange and inexplicable reason Karabraxos feels guilty for holding The Teller and his mate and asks The Doctor to free them. The Doctor drops Saibra and Psi off to their respective homes and frees The Teller and his mate and drops them off on an uninhabitable planet, where they live happily ever after! (very similar to the ending in series 7’s Hide).

Overall I thought Time Heist was a fun episode, but it felt very rushed and some of the twists were predictable. This episode had an interesting idea and failed to deliver, and would have made more sense if it was divided into two parts. Peter Capaldi continues to amaze and I cannot wait to see him pretend to be a Caretaker at Coal Hill in next week’s episode! Despite an interesting premise, Time Heist had a rushed ending and that’s why I am giving it a 6.5/10.


2 thoughts on “Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 5: Time Heist Review

  1. I completely agree with your rating of the episode, and about Capaldi just carrying a mediocre script because of his acting. I want so much for him to succeed, that I’m a bit worried if Moffat doesn’t give him any weighty or challenging stories soon, Capaldi’s awesomeness will just be wasted.

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    • Thanks and I am worried too. I want Capaldi to succeed as well because he is such a huge fan of the show. I have a strong feeling they are going to have more challenging stories for Capaldi. I don’t want to spoil anything but I’ve read that The Doctor does something horrible in episode 7, which makes me very curious. When I watch some of these episodes so far it reminds me of how Matt Smith was given some mediocre scripts and he was a very talented actor as well.


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