Warning: This blog post contains both personal opinions and especially SPOILERS about the Series 8 episode of Doctor Who “Time Heist”. Reading beyond this point guarantees that you will encounter information regarding the episode that will ruin any and all of its surprises for you. Spoilers…
I liked the episode and found it fun to watch, that said… Did anyone else feel like it was a little predictable? I found myself going “Hmm… You just know that any minute now, this is going to happen and… oh wait, there it goes.”
So a Timelord, a human, an augmented human, and a mutant human walk into a bank… Please stop me if you’ve heard that one before – Ha! Anyways *ahem* I liked the characters themselves and found their concept intriguing. It left an X-Men taste in my mouth, but I’ve decided that I am okay with that. I really, really liked Psi (maybe it’s because I think he’s cute and I’m decidedly a cougar now).
Poor Clara and Danny can’t catch a break. It’s the day of their second date (they sure are doing a lot of snogging – or attempted snogging, for only one date… no judgement, just surprised) and The Doctor has a whole day planned (not really). Basically, he just wants Clara to run off and go look at things with him. I think he’s lonely to be honest and not accustomed to such an aloof companion.
But the phone rings… The bells of St. John. And hardly any one in the universe has that number. There are only so many people it can be. The Doctor answers and within a blink, we see Clara and The Doctor screeching like little girls, throwing down some weird looking “worm”, unsure of how they got there.
A message begins to play… “The Architect” has a special mission for the lot of them – to break into the most secure and wealthiest bank in the galaxy. They have all agreed to their memories being wiped and thus may begin the mission. The bank has never been broken into before… it’s security never breeched. Let’s just stop right here. If that’s true, how has The Architect gotten them in there and how are there all of these nifty briefcases full of needed information and tools? I smell something and it isn’t that weird looking, chained up this with the googly eyes (or maybe it is).
The four of them go mucking about this high-security bank, following instructions left to them in these various briefcases. One contains a “last minute resort” which to The Doctor’s immediate knowledge, means it is a way of committing suicide to cheat a terrible, painful death which would otherwise involve the brain being turned to “brain soup”. Little does he know that it’s in fact an escape to an awaiting ship. How clever.
Psi, the augmented human (why do I think he’s so freaking adorable!?) and Saibra, the mutant human are back to save the day just in time (haha… time). Having discovered the only items which would have convinced the two of them to attempt the mission, The Doctor pays them in full – a memory giver and gene suppressor respectively. Ready to finish the job, the team makes their way to the Private Vault in search of The Doctor and Clara’s “reward”.
Madame Karabraxos (I seriously had to look up the spelling), the plot antagonist is the owner of the bank being robbed. We discover she has multiple clones of herself working at the bank as a way of insuring her own security. When those clones screw up, they are quite literally… fired. How weird and creepy. The Doctor is right… she’s a therapist’s dream client.
Shut up, shut up, shut up, shutty up up up… The Doctor finally understands the plan. He hates The Architect and how could you not hate someone looking back at you with your own eyes? The Doctor IS The Architect and we discover that that is the only way this mission could have ever been possible. The Doctor went back in time, setting up the briefcases before the team agreed to wipe their memories so to not attract “The Teller” a weird, googly eye creature who targets guilt and kills the guilty party.
Madame Karabraxos makes her exit leaving The Teller to finish the team off. The Doctor finally gets to see beyond his memory wipe and understand why he’s here and thus, we discover the reward – The Teller’s mate… one of only 2 of the creatures in the universe is held captive in the vault and The Tell is working for Karabraxos as a way to keep his mate alive. The Doctor went back in time to “rob” the bank by saving these creatures. Awesome.
Did you like this episode? Did you get a sort of X-Men vibe (minus Wolverine)?