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If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts... how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle ... See full summary »


Rachel Talalay


Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks") | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Donald Sumpter ... The President
Ken Bones ... The General
Maisie Williams ... Ashildr
T'Nia Miller ... Female General
Malachi Kirby ... Gastron
Clare Higgins ... Ohila
Linda Broughton Linda Broughton ... The Woman
Martin Sherman ... Man (as Martin T. Sherman)
Jami Reid-Quarrell ... Wraith
Nick Ash ... Wraith
Ross Mullan ... Wraith (as Ross Mullen)
Nicholas Briggs ... Dalek (voice)


If you took everything from him, betrayed him, trapped him, and broke both his hearts... how far might the Doctor go? Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor's confession?

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5 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When told to lay down weapons on his person the Doctor subsequently puts his spoon down. The Doctor once had a duel against Robin Hood with a spoon. See more »


In "The Woman Who Lived" they establish that Me, while immortal, only has a normal human memory and forgets things from more than a few decades ago. While here, billions of years in the future, she clearly remembers the Doctor and Clara. This is because she has gone back and continued to read her diaries. She even stated at one point that is how she remembers Clara. See more »


[first lines]
Clara: Hi! What can I get you?
The Doctor: I don't have any money.
[raises guitar]
The Doctor: But I play.
Clara: OK.
[the Doctor sits down]
Clara: Don't you need to plug that thing in?
The Doctor: Yeah.
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References Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013) See more »


Doctor Who Theme (Series 8)
Performed by Murray Gold
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How far would you go to save someone that matters?
5 December 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Having escaped the trap of his own Confession dial, the Doctor is on Gallifrey, as are the Sisterhood of Karn. The Timelords extract Clara just prior to her death, she's effectively a ticking time bomb, The Doctor defies the rules in a battle to keep her alive and save her from facing the Raven.

I'll start with the positives, the visuals were utterly brilliant, the scenes of Gallifrey, the special effects, the costumes, a visual feast. Capaldi is literally moving up the Doctor's list for me week by week, he is unbelievable in the role, I truly believe that his Doctor would do anything for Clara. Capaldi and Coleman's scenes were once again exceptional. The scenes in the Classic TARDIS set looked brilliant, so retro, and overdue an appearance.

On the downside, Face the Raven and Heaven Sent literally left me speechless, this didn't quite live up to the standard of those. Moffat has used the cheating death theme once to often, Clara's 'living' cheapened the bravery and hard hitting scene of Face the Raven. How many times can he use the not really dead concept, it was tired a few seasons back, it's now desperate.

It was a very dialogue heavy episode, what was done was done brilliantly, I'm just left a little flat by Clara, she'd been given an awesome send off, and now it all feels divisive. Also a little lacking in terms of action.

7/10 it was good, I just hoped for a bit more.

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