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Doctor Who Recap Season 9, Episode 11, "Heaven Sent"

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 9, Episode 11, “Heaven Sent”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 9, Episode 11, “Heaven Sent”

In an interview given before this season began, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat described “Heaven Sent” as the most difficult script of his entire career to write. In the light of that statement, perhaps the greatest achievement of this amazing episode is how effortless the unfolding of its narrative seems. Right from the opening, it feels completely natural that we’re watching only the Doctor (Peter Capaldi)—completely isolated, stuck in a place designed to be his own personal hell, and working his painful way out entirely by himself. All aspects of the production—writing, direction, design, music—come together in a tour de force of storytelling.