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Doctor Who Recap Season 8, Episode 12, "Death in Heaven"

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 8, Episode 12, “Death in Heaven”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 8, Episode 12, “Death in Heaven”

By the end of the harrowing events of “Death in Heaven,” the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) are looking like a pair of shell-shocked battle survivors, sharing a hug that’s actually a way to mask from each other the deeper wounds they’ve suffered. Both have had their hopes cruelly dashed: Clara of seeing her boyfriend, Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson), again, and the Doctor of finding his lost homeworld, Gallifrey. But as we’ve seen many times this season, they’re both accomplished deceivers of each other, and the story ends with them peacefully parting, Clara maintaining the fiction that she’ll be sharing her future with Danny while the Doctor pretends to head for home. However, after this seemingly conclusive ending, the credits are interrupted by an intrusion from the next episode (the Christmas special, thankfully only a few weeks away), making it clear that the Doctor and Clara still have unfinished business.