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8.4 - Listen

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 3/14/19 11:31 pm
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Listen features the Doctor and Clara investigating a theory that shared nightmares of a monster under the bed are based on a real creature with the ability to hide. It also features Clara having problematic dates with new boyfriend Danny Pink which causes the TARDIS telepathic circuits to take them to Danny's memory of having the nightmare rather than her own. This idea is quite hard to get my head around and I really dislike the character of Danny because I find him annoyingly self righteous, hypocritically judgemental, easily provoked and wonder what Clara is meant to be so quickly attracted by so the scenes of their dates are my least favourite part of the episode. I cannot hold that character against this episode particularly though and the rest of the episode is so good that these minor bits I am not so into fade into insignificance.

The unseen monster lurking in our presence, in the corner of our eye and under our beds is a scary, menacing and electrifying idea (reminiscent of the idea touched upon in the climax of The Family of Blood when the Doctor traps one of the 'family' in every mirror so that we feel like we see them out of the corner of our eye and in one scene where there is knocking on a spaceship from outside the ideas also seem influenced by the wonderful Midnight). These creepy aspects are used to make some really brilliant scenes which are cleverly and expertly executed.

As well as the thrilling story we are treated to psychological depth and sparkling dialogue. There is darkness, thoughtful, intriguing ideas and great humour. There is also a wonderful treat of a glimpse into the Doctor's childhood which links in to the War Doctor's dilemma in ending the Time War as well as the whole history of the Doctor. I am not a fan of Clara being given such importance in so many aspects of the Doctor's past but it is so well woven into this episode I cannot complain.

The acting of Peter Capaldi is phenomenally good and lifts everything to the highest level. He is complex, brooding, mesmerising and also very funny. I cannot fault any of the rest of the acting either and all the production values are superb.

The link between Clara and Danny to the person they meet from the future is later made to look wrong by events in later episodes but again that is not really a valid complaint as time perhaps was subsequently changed by the intervention of Missy.

The entertainment value and thrills provided make this just about a full 10/10 for me.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 4/16/17 2:14 am
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Listen is great, only problem I really have with it on retrospect is the Clara/Danny stuff. It makes sense as part of story arc that series 8 was going for. But the concepts of a perfect hiding creature that hides under your bed is classic Moffat, love it. A bit overrated but is still a good watch :)
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 10/12/15 9:15 am
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Listen is highly original and has a nice pacing about it such that the story doesn't require a lot of action to keep the viewer's interest. Capaldi has more than one purple patch as he engages in monologues about occult experience. The plot twist at the end, where it is revealed that it is in fact the hapless Clara who engenders the Doctor's preoccupation with the mystical, is a fitting ending to this other worldly episode. It is, however, unfortunate the suggestion that the descendant of Danny Pink is also begotten of Clara is not elaborated upon for the rest of the series.
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Reviewed By: WreosirReview Date: 9/5/15 1:00 pm
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DOWNS
Terribly foreseeable Moffat twist at the end.
Clara and Danny are still boring.
Requires multiple viewings to understand (actually, this really depends on the viewer).

UPS
It's a creepy tale filled with interesting concepts and overall one of two possibilities as to what the monster is. In other words, you have a choice: a) the monster is an unknown entity, which is imperceptible because it has an evolutionary trait of perfect hiding, or b) the monster is the Doctor's own imagination.
Every second of the production was used to it's fullest. A well-spent 46 minutes. (Contrasting the waste of time in Moffat's Deep Breath)