The Doctor finds himself alone in a mysterious castle, being chased by a veiled figure.
Cast and Crew
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor
Jenna Coleman as Clara
Jami Reid-Quarrell as Veil
Written by Stephen Moffat
Produced by Nikki Wilson
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Following last week’s events, the Doctor has been teleported into a mysterious castle. But where is it? What is it for? And how can he escape?
“The day you lose someone isn’t the worst; at least you’ve got something to do. It’s all the days they stay dead.”
I’m still not entirely sure what was going on, but I suspect we will find out next time.
Originality: Surprising direction given last week’s setup, and quickly you find yourself in what feels like new ground. The Doctor’s working out his grief at the same time as trying to figure out what’s going on and how he can escape, and really you just don’t see much storytelling like this. 5/6.
Effects: Overall the effects are pretty good. There’s one shot near the end which particularly impressed me in its utter weirdness and yet it looks exactly like you’d think it would. 5/6.
Story: not the direction I would have predicted after last week. I like that. This is different, this is the Doctor by himself trying to cope with what he’s just seen and the situation he now finds himself in. This is the Doctor going a little bit mad. It’s creepy and it’s excellent. 6/6.
Acting: Almost nobody has any screen time save for Capaldi himself, and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find many actors who can pull off a solo episode so well, or do such a good job of what it feels like when you punch an unyielding wall as hard as you can. 6/6.
The emotional response was stronger for me than last week’s. Like the high point said, it’s not when you lose someone that it’s hard, it’s all the days they stay dead. 5/6.
Production: the castle is creepy as heck, with very good use of camera to heighten the tension and the mysterious chasing figure to start with. After a while you possibly see too much of it, but by then it’s not the scary part anymore. 5/6.
Overall: Best episode so far. One of my friends even stated he thinks it’s the best episode of Doctor Who he’s ever seen. I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but it’s certainly close. 6/6.
In total, Heaven Sent receives 39/42. The final episode of the series is going to have a lot to live up to now.