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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 3/19/19 1:24 pm
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Once again Moffatt takes all his ideas too far and lets his excitement run away with him. The first part of this two part story Dark Water was disappointing with a horrible idea of people feeling pain after death presented very insensitively and an unconvincing and contrived idea that the Doctor could and would use the TARDIS telepathic circuits to take Clara to find Danny in the 'afterlife' despite him never having believed in one (not to mention the silliness of going to a specific place and time just by thinking the question of where a person you know is, that could have been handy in other stories eh?!). In this second part we get things going even worse.

So many things not to like:

- Cybermen being able to be created by raining nano technology onto graveyards of very long dead rotten corpses and putting the minds harvested at their death (presumably over centuries of painstaking work!) back into them.

- The idea all this incredible effort by Missy and the Cybermen being just so that Missy can hand a Cyber army to the Doctor to gain his friendship!

- If Missy's plan is to give the Doctor an army then why is she disappointed by her failure to kill him by destroying the Presidential plane?!

- Why would the Cybermen go along with just being slaves for Missy and the Doctor? They have been made into lame, meaningless minion robots.

- UNIT being made into a weak sideshow and them so pathetically poorly dealing with containing Missy as well as making the Doctor 'President of Earth'!

- The idea that the Brigadier's life ambition was to get a salute from the Doctor (pathetic) and making our beloved 'Brig' become a Cyberman.

- Mawkish material about Danny having killed a little boy whilst a soldier and sacrificing himself to inexplicably be able to return the boy to life years after he died. Waving a magic wand to undo this death is really over sentimental and bad but also totally illogical. How could the boy return totally intact years after his death just because his mind had been kept in storage by the Nethersphere?! Dumb!

- The Doctor free falling from a plane into the TARDIS. Sub James Bond.

- The lovely Osgood being killed off unceremoniously. If she was to die it needed to be handled much better. The follow up to this in The Zygon Invasion does not make up for this.

- Danny becoming an annoying Cyberman who makes rubbish military speeches. And why do only Danny and the Brigadier have the will to not become unthinking Cybermen?

- Danny and Clara's already dreary relationship drama continuing to an awful climax as Danny once again berates the Doctor for his morals and teams up with Clara to 'save the day' in a cringeworthy scene with dreadful speech making that makes the Doctor out to be some sort of pathetic and deeply flawed secondary character.

Danny is the most annoying and obnoxious recurring character in the show's history as far as I am concerned. I disliked the River Song story arc but River herself is a great characterisation and brilliantly acted. Danny has a thoroughly unlikable holier than thou, judgemental attitude, he is passive aggressive, self pitying and manipulative. This continues to be even worse in his Cyberman scenes with his speech making and talking to the Doctor (a 2000 year old time travelling hero) as if he is a naughty child! Making Clara fall so inexplicably in love with him weakens her character hugely. His demise sadly stretched throughout this 2-parter and into the Christmas Special so we do not benefit from getting rid of his awful character until the start of Series 9.

The disappointment of this episode was huge but it is not without any positives. Peter Capaldi is, as always, brilliant. Michelle Gomez acts really well too making Missy slightly too over the top at times but very much a charismatic and compelling character delivering menace and great humour. There are very good effects and cinematography along with some good humour, smart lines and strong scenes such as the the Cybermen face offs in the Nethersphere, Cybermen emerging from graves and Osgood confronting Missy etc. Sadly, while these positives stop it from falling to even poorer standards they cannot overcome the negatives enough to make this a decent episode. It is yet another Moffatt show of style over substance and matches Kill the Moon and In the Forest of the Night as poorest New Series episodes.

I recommend you just watch The Invasion instead.

Episode rating - 3.5/10. Two part story overall rating - 4.5/10 (Dark Water = 5.5/10)

Series 8 has been a mixed bag of great episodes and very weak episodes. It is overall a major disappointment that such a magnificently cast Doctor Peter Capaldi who is perfect in the role has been given so much poor material surrounding the occasional great episode. A missed opportunity for a great season due to typical Moffatt era over the top style and lack of logic in too many episodes.

Overall Series 8 average rating - 6.96/10
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Reviewed By: Lilwink9632Review Date: 2/26/19 12:27 am
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Love Capaldi, love Clara, love Missy. Dark Water is an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. I think this episode is highlighted by the scene in the Tardis right after the lava scene. 12 forgiving her and helping her is everything. It shows that though he can come off as dark and grumpy, he is still kind and sweet inside. Missy is hilarious and tremendous. Love her interactions w/ Dr. Chang and 12. Again it's very emotional w/ Clara and The Doctor, and Clara and Danny. Like I just said when talking about the TPO and TBB, the second part isn't as good, BUT it is still good. I personally, love that Missy was just doing this to show 12 that they're the same and that she wants him back as her best friend. The good man thing is okay. The Danny thing is okay. But the ending between Clara and The Doctor here is heartbreaking and beautiful. It was a perfect end to the series 8 arc. I think a very underrated 12th doctor line is when Clara thanks him for making her feel special and then he says "Thank you for exactly the same". Beautiful. And then of course here comes Santa!
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 10/12/15 7:23 am
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The 2nd part of the season's finale completely undoes and destroys the achievement of the 1st part, Dark Water.

The cybermen are within seconds reduced to a tourist sideshow. The new UNIT is a pale shadow of the original - the viewer is left wishing that the cybermen blew them away in the first scene and, failing that, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart isn't caught on the way down. Missy is nothing more than a stereotypical two dimensional raving looney villain and her more nasty turns, such as the execution of Osgood come across as desperately forced characterisation. The Doctor loses all originality by turning into James Bond with the sky-dive to the Tardis. The Iron Patriot sequence is so offensive to Who fandom it is incomprehensible as to how it got through all story and script edits and checks. We want to know, who was responsible?

The only really recommendable sequence occurs when Clara tries to trick the cybermen into believing she is the Doctor.

Otherwise, pure dross that not even Capaldi and Coleman can rescue.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/9/15 3:28 am
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This story continues from Dark Waters as UNIT captures Missy, Clara pretends to be the Doctor, while the Doctor himself becomes President of Earth.

Like every other Moffat finale, this one has the hallmarks: A lot of stuff happening with many elements, a lot of them underused. This story had me looking forward to the UNIT box set from Big Finish if for no other reason than I'd like to get a sense of who these characters were and we don't really have a chance here. And killing off a beloved character from the Day of the Doctor in a typical "red shirt" way made no sense.

The question ultimately, as it is with every Moffat finale is whether the show's overall story is enough to nake the episode's weak points and logic faults fade in the power of the overall story. For me, the answer was yes.

First is the end of Danny Pink. If you didn't relate to Danny at all this season, than I think this episode is harder to like. However, throughout Series 8 Danny has been the guy who has been hurting and subject to insensitivity and judgment all series because he served in the military and this episode he gets his moment as he teaches the Doctor a profound lesson in love. "It's not an emotion, it's a promise." And then there's "The Promise of a Soldier" speech which is a tad theatrical but works in context particularly as this aired three days before Remembrance Day in 2014, 100 years after the UK entered World War I. The story in its own way stands as a tribute, not to miltarism, but to the ordinary decent soldier whose promise, "You will sleep safe tonight" was kept on hundreds of battlefields in two great Wars. And ultimately, Danny is able to find some sense of peace.

I also have to admit that I like the idea of why Missy brought the Doctor and Clara together because of Clara's tendency to be controlling and the Doctor's resistance to anyone controlling him. The Doctor isn't going to do whatever Clara asks (as shown in the previous episode when he refused to go back in time to save Danny. However, it's clear that she has actual sway over the Doctor in a way no other companion has had. This could really go wrong or go overboard, but so far it hasn't and we'll see if they could avoid taking this too far in Series 9. I also have to appreciate the irony as it almost led to Missy being ended by the Doctor, which was very ironic.

The final scenes are poignant and help to set up the Christmas special. Overall, this wasn't the best of Moffat's finales but it caps a strong season with a story that has some very good, very profound moments along with some very typical Moffat story flaws.