I usually leave the Doctor Who reviews to my amazing wife Sarah, because she loves the show so much. Due to our son turning three this weekend and the amazing time we had, she actually hasn’t seen the latest episode yet. I took the time yesterday to sit down, relax, and thoroughly enjoy Kill The Moon. I told Sarah that I had went ahead and watched it since I would be watching Gotham later that night (so she could watch The Doctor then) and her first question was “how far did they go?” My reply was “just a little ways.” Which sums up the setting perfectly. One of the best things about Doctor Who is that the TARDIS, as its name implies, travels in both time and space. It was mostly obvious from previews that this would be taking place on Earth’s moon, but the time setting wasn’t clearly revealed until the show started. Earth’s moon in the year 2049. Just a little ways into space and a little ways into the future. I thought the setting was perfect.
Doctor Who Kill the Moon
I’m beginning to think that Clara Oswin could use a little one-on-one time with River Song. Rule no. 1, The Doctor lies. I’m going to try to not spoil the show for you if you haven’t seen it yet. I will say that he definitely puts Clara to a test, which in the end, she does not appreciate one little bit. Regardless of how you may feel about the episode, maybe you’re in Clara’s corner, I found this to be one of Capaldi’s best performances as The Doctor. For those newer Doctor Who viewers who fell in love with David Tennant and Matt Smith, I think now is a good time to remind you that there were plenty of Doctor’s before them. Personally, I was not a fan of Tennant or Smith at first. They had to grow on me. Looking back, I love them both. They each brought something unique to the show. Much in the same way Tom Baker did. Capaldi has officially grown on me. The more episodes I see him in, the more I believe that he is The Doctor. That’s really all I can say without possibly spoiling something, so if you’re worried about spoilers, stop here and go watch Kill the Moon.
Spoilers – Social Issues and The Doctor’s opinion
After the events of The Caretaker and having been taken into space, Courtney is going through some very complex emotions. She doesn’t feel special. It’s really been a wibbly wobbly seesaw regarding whether or not The Doctor things humans are special or not. Sometimes he praises them and sometimes he considers them insignificant. Kill the Moon doesn’t really give us a defining answer on that subject, but it does illustrate a good point. It finally comes down to Clara confronting him about Courtney’s feelings, with her present. Clara’s hopes were that he would just simply tell her that she is special, but that seems to fly in the face of everything he believes. Why tell an ordinary person they’re special, when you can actually help make them special? And so this is how we all wind up on the moon. He wants her to be the first woman on the moon.
This is a big spoiler, but I want to talk about the very elephant in the room… or rather Alien in the Moon. The Doctor works out that Earth’s moon is actually an egg and all the problems going on are a result of the impending hatching. Fear of the unknown sets the last Earth Astronaut against this possible creature. She wants to blow up the moon and kill the unborn alien life form. The Doctor briefly attempts to make a case for saving the creature, and then leaves. Leaving the decision up to Courtney, Clara, and Captain Lundvik (the female astronaut). This signals the first time Doctor Who has tackled this particular social issue. Abortion and women’s choice. Clearly, it’s not a direct parallel, this is a sci-fi (family-ish) show. However, Doctor Who is not afraid of tackling big social issues. Gun control, pollution, and war are just a few examples. This issue took some not surprising turns in the show, if you’ve been watching it the last few years, but the results definitely shift the focus away from the topic of abortion.
As I mentioned above, the show does end with Clara and The Doctor on shaky ground, so it will be interesting to see where they are at the end of the next episode.