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8.10 - In the Forest of the Night

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 3/18/19 1:03 pm
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What a shame following on from two terrific episodes the standard slides back to the poor level of Kill the Moon. This time, instead of the dumb 'the moon is an egg' idea we get an equally dumb idea of the Earth's trees growing hugely overnight to protect us then disappearing just as quickly. Just as the Moon being an egg in Kill the Moon was made even worse by a new similar sized egg being laid immediately by the newly hatched creature so the trees disappearing again instantly is even more unbelievable and silly than the already hard to accept idea of them growing so much overnight. It is pure fantasy but it is not even a clever idea, it is too cheesy and idealistic.

In addition to the silly plot concept there is, sadly, plenty more to complain about too. I strongly dislike the character of Danny Pink and we again get a huge dose of Danny in this episode with his holier than thou, obnoxious attitude grating as usual. Him and his relationship issues with Clara add zero quality to the show. Here he arrogantly and unrealistically leads a class of children around the forest taking on a tiger and recklessly failing to even count the children so he fails to notice one is missing! His apparent confidence in his abilities as a teacher and leader as well as his harsh judgement of others he sees as inferior, such as the Doctor, are completely misplaced and irritating. Unlike many, I did not hate the children themselves apart from the rubbish acting of the girl flapping away the invisible 'tree spirits'. I found most of the banter with the Doctor and the children amusing. The Doctor telling a child to not take their medication though was an irresponsible thing to throw in!

Even apart from the unbelievable tree scenario and the 'tree spirits' apparent knowledge of the oncoming danger there are other illogical things. The reactions of the world and of individuals shown to the situation is not convincing. The lack of other people in the forest other than the school party and the one girl's mother is unbelievable and the reveal of the girl's sister from a disappearing shrub at the end adds another layer of stupidity in story choices.

Peter Capaldi is literally the only saving grace in this episode. He makes humorous dialogue work, he makes some of the ideas seem OK at least temporarily by his strong delivery of the Doctor attempting to work his way through the problems and mysteries. The effects are well enough done and there is not a lot of terrible acting but without Capaldi this would have really been bad. As it is it still stands as one of the poorest stories in Doctor Who history for me. Not as bad as Delta and the Bannermen but only slightly better than The Twin Dilemma or Timelash simply thanks to Capaldi injecting some quality, some decent humour, less awful dialogue than those worst stories and the higher standard of production values. The silly and badly thought through elements make this not much better than those biggest flops which is really sad.

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Reviewed By: thedylanadventureReview Date: 3/4/19 12:15 pm
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Moffat has done it again, why does he have to have the worst ideas for stories. the story itself is utterly stupid. there's a patter, if Moffat involves children in the story, then it won't be good. another thing those kids are so annoying and pointless. possibly the only good thing about the episode was the missy cameo but that felt forced as well.
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Reviewed By: LorcanReview Date: 11/18/18 6:22 pm
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Really boring episode with awful child actors and the doctor encourages the mentally ill not to take their medication, what a mess.
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Reviewed By: comparestoreReview Date: 10/28/18 10:37 pm
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The most boring doctor who episode ever, where the deadliest threat is a tiger.

Then the doctor tells kids not to take their medication? Really great message there.

Kid actors are almost never a good idea and here we have a whole crowd of them!

Really terrible.