It no longer feels that their connection is rushed and forced. The questions that we the audience keep asking, is the questions that Danny has started asking this week. One minute Clara is natural skin colour and then she has a tan, she’s running with the Doctor and then going for a run with Danny, to which we then see her absolutely exhausted.
This eventually leads to the Doctor and Danny meeting at the school. We then have the introduction to the Skovox Blitzer, a robotic arachnid-like killing machine that threatens the existence of humanity.
We see the creature’s first victim: A Police Officer getting disintegrated, as he investigates a strange sound coming from an abandoned warehouse on a London high street, after he’s dealt with two mulching school kids from Coal Hill High.
It's totally cool, just seeing a smouldering hand left after the Skovox Blitzer fires what can only be described as a death ray machine gun. This makes this series feel even more like the classic era.
Another nod to the classic series is Capladi’s performance. In this episode he feels a bit more like William Hartnell, with his mannerisms around Danny Pink and the school.
Capaldi seems to be more arrogant and more like a crotchety old man, which suits the actor’s performance down to a tee. It seems that last week’s slightly disappointing story was made up for with this week’s, as the writing and acting were fantastic and satisfying.
I also liked the confusion the Doctor has between Clara’s colleagues Adrian and Danny. It was pretty easy for the Doctor to get confused between Danny and Adrian, since Adrian dresses similar to Matt Smith’s Doctor, but its not until a dramatic scene that Clara actually reveals who she’s been dating.
I also enjoyed the confrontation between the Doctor and Danny. At first, we’re given the impression that the Doctor disapproves of Danny, it is not until the antagonist is defeated, that the Doctor is actually warey that Danny is not going to be good enough for his friend. This makes the Doctor appear like more of a father figure towards Clara than a friend - which I really liked and found enjoyable.
The idea of the Skovox Blitzer was brilliant, its been a while since there’s been a threatening antagonist in modern Doctor Who, and its good to see one finally on our screens.
This episode also shows the return of the mysterious Missy at the story’s conclusion, as the previously killed Police Officer is sat at a desk, talking to what is believed to be Missy’s secretary. This time though, Missy takes a look of disgust at the Officer and walks off down the long white corridor. This could actually mean she chooses who gets to go to heaven or hell.
It also seems that those who come in contact with the Doctor get entry to heaven, whilst those who haven’t are ignored and shrugged off, or possibly are sent to another agency, which will be revealed later on in the season finale.
We also see more of Courtney Woods in this episode where she keeps harassing the Doctor, and is soon seen at the end in the TARDIS with our beloved Time Lord. Many fans are also aware that she will be seen in next week’s episode Kill the Moon, where not much has been revealed not yet.
Therefore to conclude this review, I give this story an exterminating 8 Skovox Blitzer out of 10.