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Listen, in a word, if I could choose any word, is favourite. That’s my word to describe this episode. My favourite episode. Not just of series 8, of Moffat’s, or of NuWho’s, but ever. Any show, any story, just, favourite. Listen was a flawless masterpiece, even managing to top The Day Of The Doctor. It got me scared of what could be behind me, it got me intrigued at the connection between Clara and Orson, and it got me impatient to know more about the Doctor’s childhood. Over the next few paragraphs, I’ll be struggling to find something negative to say about this episode.
Let’s start with the opening scene. The Doctor gives a chilling start with that one word while sitting on too of the TARDIS - Listen. He went on to make me doubt everything I’ve ever known. As a boy who speaks more to himself than anyone else, I really got thinking in this scene. The concept of no perfect hiders was so unique, so interesting, and so incredibly clever.
The missing chalk and the writing was another scary concept. It’s episode ideas like that that not only make me scared of Moffat, but so. Friggin. Jealous. Only problem with this scene was the underwater thing. I thought the TARDIS couldn’t go underwater or something….
The date between Clara and Danny Pink. The reason I’m using his last name is because of the confusion in characters later on!! I found these scenes to be funny, tensional and saddening all at the same time. The timey wimeyness of these scenes alone were enough to comprehend, but I loved it. The spaceman in the restaurant was also a comical touch, along with Danny hitting his head yet again. Such an awkward date, one I’d hate to be on myself!
Speaking of Danny, lets mention the next timey wimey concepts. Rupert and Orson were both brilliant characters, both very well played. I’ll mention their specific scenes later. I thought that the portrayal of Orson was particularly fantastic, and the secretiveness of his character was another intriguing aspect.
Young Danny, also known as Rupert, was unfortunately pleased to have Clara’s company. Without her, the thing on the bed never would’ve appeared. I adored this scene. The fear, Capaldi’s speech, hiding under the bed, and a creature covered in a bed sheet. Scary yet so fearless at the same time. Who but Moffat? The concept of a young soldier was very well shown, and the comparison of the Doctor and a toy soldier was genius. ‘Saving the world without a gun.’ Mostly true about the Doctor, but the look on his face afterwards was priceless. I have theories on this scene, as well as others, but I’ll mention those later.
Orson’s time travelling experience clearly didn’t quite go to plan. Stranded at the end of the Universe, yet still locking the door. This scene, as well as so many others, was pure genius. The children’s nursery rhyme, the confusion of timelines between Orson and Clara, and the look on Capaldi’s face when Clara mentions the mood lighting along with the accent. I have nothing to say except pure genius. Also Capaldi’s rage was blistering and violent. HELLS YEAH. Another theory scene, later.
Then we had the scene in the young Time Lord’s bedroom. I had absolutely no idea what I was headed for until those controversial words were spoken - ‘He’ll never make a Time Lord.’ Just as Clara’s did, my eyes shot wide open. I was screaming internally at this scene, such a fangirl moment. Even though I’m male…. Moving on. The nod back to the War Doctor and the thing under the bed being Clara in the first place were very well constructed ideas written perfectly by Steven Moffat. I cannot flaw this man, it’s getting ridiculous now.
Capaldi, Coleman and Anderson were all definitely at their best in this episode. The deep look into the Doctor’s fear was perfect. The confusion of Clara’s timeline and connection to the TARDIS was perfect. And the use of Anderson again for Orson’s character along with the connection between said character and Clara was perfect. Flawless.
Now, finally, the bit I’ve been looking forward to. Theories and questions. These are so important to me, I’m gonna use bullet points. That’s right. I’m going all specific.
• The Doctor grew up on Gallifrey. Gallifrey is in another Universe. Therefore, how did the TARDIS materialise in the young Doctor’s bedroom? Is this all planned, and heading for something huge? If so, what? (Not strictly from this episode, but it links in) I have a theory about Gallifrey. In Robot Of Sherwood, we see a planet called The Promised Land, which is shown as orange onscreen. Could this world be Gallifrey? It would fit into my theory that Missy is a Time Lady, and that The Gatekeeper Of The Nethersphere title has something to do with the bridge between Gallifrey and our Universe. This could also be behind the reason of how the TARDIS got into that barn in the first place. Also, one thing if the barn was on Gallifrey - the Doctor was going to use the Moment there. Therefore, he would be killing himself in doing so, so to those who doubt his true want of ending his life, here’s proof to you that we was intending on ending his life to begin with.
• Danny. Wtf is up with him? *SPOILERS FROM FUTURE EPISODES AHEAD, CAREFUL* In episode 6, we see the Doctor meet Danny. In episode 8, Clara leaves the Doctor, presumably ending up spending more time with Danny. And in the finale, there’ve been photos on the Internet showing *MASSIVE POTENTIAL SPOILERS* a Cyberman without a face near Clara, and the face being Danny’s. So how does Orson fit into this? Do Clara and Danny have children before Danny is converted, if he is in fact converted? Does he get saved and turned back into a human, then have children with Clara? Or do the Cybermen change history so that Orson was never born? All very interesting.
• Was there an actual monster? I rewatched the episode this morning, and took a screenshot of when the cover comes off the ‘creature”s body, and there is in fact a sort of creature shaped figure behind Clara at one point. There are many points to consider with this. The chalk on the board? The Doctor could well have forgotten. The figure on the bed? Could well have been a pranking child. But the spaceship door? You’d have to ask the Doctor. The door wouldn’t just open like that, unless the Doctor used the wrong setting on the Sonic. But would he remember? Possibly not, he did get a knock on the head and fall unconscious after all. Whether there was or not, I have no idea, but I think the Doctor still believes there is such a creature, maybe not Clara though.
• The TARDIS and Clara obviously have some sort of connection. We’ve seen it touched upon in Series 7, saw a little of it in this episode through the telepathic circuits, and Moffat has also said ‘more on that later’. My theory is, that this will not be solved this series. Possibly at Christmas, but probably next series. Therefore, I see Clara, possibly Danny too, returning next series, and Clara having something big to do with the TARDIS. What, I have no idea. But I can’t wait to find out.
I also have a theory on the Twelfth Doctor’s face, but I’ll bring that up when relevant, in a future episode.
Therefore, I loved Listen, loved it so much in fact that I’m naming it my favourite episode from Doctor Who or any other show. Absolutely brilliant work, Moff. Top of the class.