In a reversal of roles Clara took the lead this week in our favorite episode far of Doctor Who, series eight ‘Flatline’. The premise was deliciously creepy. The Doctor and Clara arrived at a Bristol council estate, where they faced a spooky invisible enemy. With the Doctor trapped in an every shrinking Tardis, it was up to Clara to play the role of the Doctor (whilst carrying the Tardis in her handbag). We particularly loved Jovian Wade, as the graffiti artist turned sidekick to Clara’s Doctor.
Our resident Whovian Paul Cornell returns this week. Here are his five brilliant things about this week’s Doctor Who.
1: This was another ready-to-be-filmed, considered and sorted story in a season notable for its structure and order. As a long-term Who watcher, such consistent quality and attention to detail is a rare luxury. It’s visible in little moments of spot-on exposition, perhaps added in post production by a production team who want us, this season, to be able to keep up, lines such as ‘they’re wearing the dead like camouflage’.
2: That same logic applies to characters who always do the most direct, logical thing. Clara explains she’s talking to someone remotely, rather than do five minutes of awkward comedy concealing it. She proves her story by showing the interior of the TARDIS. Like one would.