This entry is more concerned with the people around the Doctor than the Doctor himself.

Cast and Crew Information

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor
Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald
Ellis George as Courtney Woods
Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink
Hermione Norris as Lundvik
Tony Osoba as Duke

Written by Peter Harness
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Premise

The Doctor takes Clara and Courtney to the moon in the near future, and discover that our natural satellite is not what we thought it was.

High Point

Courtney’s prep work for the trip was amusing.

Low Point

Could the science get any worse?

The Review

This is a story I haven’t seen before, and it is original. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were generally good enough, although some moments did stand out as CGI, likely because of the sheer volume of CG environments. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story depends entirely on a couple of scientific inaccuracies. The moon has limited tectonic activity, the mass of the moon would not increase under these conditions, and it has lighter gravity but not no gravity. Throw in a poor understanding of how germs scale, and the science geek in me simply cannot engage my mind with this episode. This is on top of questionable character choices that have been a source of online debate since it aired. I give it 3 out of 6.

The acting is the strongest part of the episode, with the cast doing their best to represent the script they have to work with. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is consistently well done. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was weak. I just couldn’t get involved after the way the story opened. I give it 3 out of 6.

Overall, those who aren’t as familiar with the science will quite possibly enjoy it, but I can’t highly recommend it. I give it 3 out of 6.

In total, Kill the Moon receives 28 out of 42.