The 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, made quite the entrance into the Doctor Who world with a “shush” and serious disorientation. After the Matt Smith‘s 11th Doctor regenerated, we saw Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor appear with the famous kidneys line and asking Clara if she knew how to fly the Tardis, because it was crashing and we were left wondering how they’d get out of that situation. Now, we know exactly how they got out of it…by crashing into the mouth of a dinosaur which ends up in Victorian London.
(Spoilers! SPOILERS AHEAD!)
The episode starts of with that dinosaur looking like it’s choking, and everyone’s wondering why exactly there’s a dinosaur and suddenly it coughs out the Tardis. Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax head down to where the Tardis landed and Strax knocks on the Tardis door and says, “Hello. Exit the box and surrender for the glory of the Sontaran Empire,” the 12th Doctor opens the door and responds with a “shush!” and closes the door again. After a few minutes the 12th Doctor opens the door again and comes out disorientated and confused all while a visibly shaken and stressed out Clara walks out too. After he continues being disoriented and confused he says, “Everyone take 5!” then passes out. Vastra, Jenny and Strax along with Clara take him back to their house to get him to rest and he delivers probably one of the greatest Doctor lines in Doctor Who history, “So you’ve got a whole room for not being awake in?” He then follows that up with, “Don’t look in that mirror, it’s absolutely furious!” And, because he’s Scottish, “It’s spreading! You all sound so English!” It’s obvious the regeneration is still cooking and he hasn’t fully gotten his mind into the right mindset. Vastra then speaks in Scottish and puts The Doctor to sleep.
There’s a moment between Clara and Vastra that shows incredible development in Clara’s character. Usually she’s pretty sweet and nice, but she stood up to Vastra and went on an epic rant, which causes Jenny to clap from joy, and earns more respect from them both for finally cracking from her usual personality. “Are we expecting strangers? It seems we’ve already got one here,” is a line to Vastra says before this scene in which she and Clara engage in the epic verbal smackdown that caused Clara to be offended that they thought she was convinced The Doctor was her boyfriend and that she liked his young appearance, and that’s why she was having such a hard time accepting the new face. Vastra also talks about her veil and why she puts it on and does a wonderful job tying it into why The Doctor’s face changes. He’s still the same person, just in a different body. As that all is going on, The Doctor wakes up and sniffs around then jumps out of the window and begins talking to the dinosaur even saying, “My time machine got stuck in your throat. It happens.” And when the dinosaur is suddenly set on fire, he steals a horse after falling down into a tree and sets off towards the dinosaur to see who did it. Vastra, Jenny, Strax and Clara hear the commotion and head towards there and find that The Doctor is standing on the top part of the wall. Vastra asks who or what is responsible for this, The Doctor responds with saying what the real question is, “Have there been any similar murders?” He also insults everyone with a pudding brains line which is quite awesome. When he notices someone, a mechanical man, across the street not looking phased by the dead dinosaur he jumps into the Thames and goes after him for some answers.
The next morning, Strax brings the Tardis to where they are staying and sends up a newspaper to Clara (it knocks her out and it’s quite hilarious), and while Vastra and Jenny are figuring out why they combustions are going on and that they’re covering something Clara charges in and shows them an add that she thinks The Doctor put in the paper, inviting the impossible girl to lunch at Mancini’s. While she heads there, The Doctor has an epic conversation with a homeless man, even talking about his battle eyebrows and that they could cut bottle tops, and he talks about seeing his face before (could that be a fires of pompeii story line connection?) he takes the mans clothes and heads to Clara. When they are together finally, Clara and The Doctor have a nice argument and both realize they did not put that add in the paper. Then they realize the people in the restaurant are not actually eating. They’re droids. They react when they hear breathing from humans. “How long can you hold your breath?”
A man comes to take their order and The Doctor rips his face off and realizes they’re all droids. When they suddenly get taken down into a weird underground with the main droid guy. This is all very similar to the girl in the fireplace droid story, and we all make the connections from the sound of the droids and the nature of them. When The Doctor leaves Clara in that room, she’s reminded that she needs to hold her breath and act like the droids to survive until The Doctor hopefully comes back to save her. We get an incredible sequence with Clara holding her breath and trying to escape and crying. Jenna Coleman really grew as an actress in that one sequence, it was amazing. After she finally realizes she can’t hold her breath much longer she collapses to the floor and the droids take her to the main one. Throughout this moment we see her have flashbacks to her teaching days. She has a very brave conversation with the main droid and as soon as the droid decides to torture Clara into giving answers to where The Doctor might be, The Doctor shows up. All the droids awaken and Vastra, Jenny and Strax also make their grand appearance to help The Doctor and Clara. While The Doctor is left with the main droid, the other four are trying to kill all the other droids. When The Doctor and the main droid talk, we are reminded of ‘sister ship of the SS. Madame De Pompadour’ and we realize it all ties into that story. The droids are taking human skin and other things and trying to survive. When The Doctor and the droid are standing at the edge of the skin ship, we are taken back to Vastra, Jenny, Strax and Clara who are still trying to kill the droids and when Clara tells them not to breath, Vastra shares some oxygen with Jenny in a quick liplock, which was beautiful. Finally the droids suddenly completely fall over and we see that the main droid either jumped to its death or was pushed by The Doctor and we are left wondering. We get a badass eye flick from Peter Capaldi too.
The next morning, the Tardis has disappeared, and Clara is in her regular clothes ready to stay with Vastra, Jenny and Strax until the Tardis appears and she leaves. She walks into the new Tardis and the famous line is brought back, “You’ve redecorated! I don’t like it.” The Doctor then tells Clara he isn’t her boyfriend and it wasn’t her mistake. They then leave together and we brought back to the main droid suddenly sitting in a weird place. A lady named Missy appears talking about her boyfriend ‘The Doctor’, and she says to the droid that he’s in Heaven…the promised land.
Who the hell is Missy? Is it a new female Master? Perhaps River Song? Did she put the impossible girl lunch add? She’s out to get The Doctor and Clara and nothing good with come of this. Did you enjoy the episode? Leave your Doctor Who thoughts in the comments section below!