Well…that was something, wasn’t it?
“Heaven Sent” is the penultimate episode for Series 9, and it has not disappointed in leading up to the season finale, and it did it in a very interesting way. For when you think of Doctor Who, you think of him and his companions working together to save the day. But in “Face The Raven”, Clara was killed, so the Doctor was alone, in a purgatory meant for him, and him alone. How was he going to win here? Only time would tell…literally.
When series do a “one man show” episode, it literally lives or dies on the back of that one man or woman. In this instance, it was Peter Capaldi carrying it from start to finish, and he didn’t disappoint. From the initial anger filled moments, to the haunting ending that is sure to send shockwaves throughout the fanbase, this was something to be felt and experienced.
Much like a previous episode, “Heaven Sent” did a very slow burn mystery, and it worked most of the time. As The Doctor was being chased by Death itself, and the only way to delay Death was by confessing truths he never had done before. Watching the Doctor count the seconds, try to plan his way out, all the while trying to figure out what was going on was both very cool…and very haunting. Make no mistake, this was a horror episode, with the climax being that the Doctor was on an near infinite time loop, one that could only be lived through, on and on, until the “truth” was revealed.
Yes, the Doctor is back on Gallifrey, and it doesn’t appear to be a good thing. Where will this lead us in the finale? What twists are left to be told? We’ll have to wait and see next week, the Hybrid has arrived…will anyone survive The Doctor’s wrath?