Once again in anticipation for another episode of Doctor Who, I decided to do another preview! This Saturday’s new episode of Doctor Who, Kill The Moon is getting great early reviews, which gives me high hopes that this could be the best episode of series 8!
Here is the official synopsis for the episode:
”In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.”
Kill The Moon is written by Peter Harness, who is new to Doctor Who, and I think that is exactly what is needed right now. Nothing against Steven Moffat, he is an incredible writer, having written some of my favorite episodes to date, i.e. The Girl in The Fireplace, The Silence in The Library/The Forest of The Dead, Blink, The Eleventh Hour, The Day of The Doctor etc. I just think some fresh meat is needed in terms of the writers on Doctor Who, because they can bring fresh ideas to the show, and make the show feel new, fresh and exciting. Peter Capaldi is a very talented actor, and he deserves some challenging and meaty scripts, which honestly he hasn’t gotten a lot of so far this season. Judging by the early reviews of Kill The Moon, Peter Capaldi finally gets this meaty material he so rightly deserves, which makes me very excited for the episode!
According to the reviews, when Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) is faced with a terrible decision and looks to The Doctor for help, he does something shocking. This really intrigues me, because the one thing I keep thinking is that The Doctor either abandons Clara on the moonbase or destroys the moonbase with her still on it. Both options sound very dark, and I seriously doubt The Doctor would knowingly kill one of his companions (but hey we were promised a darker Doctor). The Twelfth Doctor could also have his “Time Lord Victorious” moment, which I think sounds more likely.
Apparently the ending is incredible too, changing the direction of the show, going into the second half of the season. This makes me think about what Steven Moffat said in an interview about there being “consequences” this season. Perhaps The Doctor has to live with the ramifications of his “shocking decision” and it will shape his character throughout the rest of the season.
I have a feeling that this episode may try to start answering the question The Twelfth Doctor has been asking himself and Clara, “Am I good man?” Maybe that answer isn’t as black and white as we may think and will take until the end of season eight and possibly further to fully answer. I am just hoping for an interesting and engaging story, a better villain this time around, some good character development, and for some great performances from Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi. Fingers Crossed!
Is it just me or did anyone else get an Alien vibe in the “Next Time” clip after last Saturday’s episode? The tone and mood of the clip felt very much like The 1979 Scifi Horror film, especially the scene where the spider leaps onto one of the people. That scene in particular reminded me of The Face-Hugger from Alien (very freaky).
Suffice to say, I am very excited for Kill The Moon this Saturday and I am ready to see how it all turns out! What about you? Are you excited for Kill The Moon? Are you ready for Capaldi’s Doctor to get darker? Let me in the comments!