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Doctor Who Recap Season 8, Episode 6, "The Caretaker"

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 8, Episode 6, “The Caretaker”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 8, Episode 6, “The Caretaker”

“The Caretaker” is another mostly light-hearted script from Gareth Roberts. But this time, the sitcom trappings are attached to important developments in the ongoing plot threads running through the eighth season of Doctor Who (hence another co-writer credit on this episode for showrunner Steven Moffat). Although the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) has an alien menace to confront, the heart of the story is the clash with Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) that we’ve been anticipating ever since the character first appeared, with Clara (Jenna Coleman) caught between them.

Doctor Who Recap Season 6, Episode 12, “Closing Time”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 6, Episode 12, “Closing Time”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 6, Episode 12, “Closing Time”

Last year, “The Lodger” proved to be a very successful off-format episode, a sort of present-day sitcom version of Doctor Who immediately preceding an epic season finale. Now, writer Gareth Roberts is back with a sequel, which at first looks like more of the same—but this time the comedy goings-on with Craig Owens (James Corden) gain more than a tinge of melancholy thanks to the Doctor’s own personal situation. This, it turns out, is the Doctor’s last stop before going to his predestined end—the end we saw at the very opening of this season (“The Impossible Astronaut”). For the first time in the revived Who series, we’re not having a two-part season finale this year. Instead, this penultimate episode is a separate story, which slowly brings the Doctor to the point he needs to be at for the finale, and has a cliffhanger lead-in to it bolted on to the end. This episode thereby gains a significance that it probably needs to avoid being completely overshadowed by what’s to come next week.

Doctor Who Recap Season 3, Episode 2, “The Shakespeare Code”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 3, Episode 2, “The Shakespeare Code”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 3, Episode 2, “The Shakespeare Code”

The Doctor crossing paths with William Shakespeare is such an obvious gimmick, it seems an improbability that it’s never been portrayed onscreen before now. “The Shakespeare Code” seeks to rectify the omission by introducing wordsmith to John Smith and the adventure, written by Gareth Roberts, casts a potent spell and I dare say even old Bill himself would be both bemused and bewitched by the results.