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9.10 - Face the Raven

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/28/15 11:54 pm
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Face the Raven is part one of the three part finale to Doctor Who Series Nine, which will mainly be remembered for the last ten minutes where SPOILERS Clara Dies. Yes the scene is brilliant and Jenna Coleman gives possibly her best performance in the entire series. This works really well considering that it was her own smugness that was her downfall as these themes have been building up over the course of the series thus far. The story attached isn't nearly as good. The story involves the Doctor and Clara helping Rigsy investigate a tattoo that is counting down. They eventually find basically Diagon Alley which is run by Ashildr from The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived who uses a raven to kill people who disobey the law. The rest of the story is trying to prove that Rigsy shouldn't die as the street's population think that he killed one of their own.

The rest of the story has quite a few twists on the nature of the street and the murder victim's son which is sort of there really for some shock value which doesn't really work very well. The story honestly has good ideas that have been a bit bungled in the execution. Sarah Dollard does know how to do character pieces as seen in the final half of the story and I hope she writes again for Doctor Who. My biggest worry with the story is that Moffat might make Clara's death meaningless in the other two parts of the finale.
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 11/23/15 9:17 am
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Not a bad story at all but how many alien refugee stories are we going to get before the writers decide to close the borders? The "refugees" in this episode have a bit of the paternosters about them due to the pre-20th century backdrop and the idea that they could cohabit goes seriously against established character.

I liked the hidden street plot device although it went dangerously close to platform nine and three quarters territory.

The writers have also gone to great lengths to wring every last tear drop out of the Clara exit scene and you can see Capaldi and Coleman are working overtime to try and make it work. Somehow or the other, Sarah Jane Smith's much more simple exit in the Hand of Fear is just so superior to this highly staged, endless goodbye that descends into unashamed mawkishness. Still, many will like this and Nu-Who is by now littered with gushing goodbyes, which means it must work for the ratings.

Even with these misgivings, I am looking forward to the finale as the season over all has been pretty enjoyable.