Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Episode Reaction - In the Forest of the Night *SPOILERS*

Hello readers. Is In the Forest of the Night fit for germination or extermination? Find out as I react to the episode!

About this Story

TitleIn the Forest of the Night
No. of Episodes1
Series No.
Episode No.
Series 8
Episode 10
Broadcast Dates25th Oct 2014
Overnight Ratings (UK)5.03 million
DoctorTwelfth Doctor
CompanionClara Oswald

A dense forest grows overnight

The Reaction


  • Peter Capaldi - Capaldi's acting in this episode is probably one of the only things that stop this being completely terrible. His interactions with the children bring humour to the episode, and he's basically just being his usual brilliant self. Long may he reign the TARDIS!
  • Pertwee-esque - This episode carried an environmental message with it, which was not exactly subtle, but it was there, and awareness of the positive effect of lots of trees does need to be increased. These environmental messages are typical of a few Pertwee stories, such as The Green Death and Invasion of the Dinosaurs.
  • Effects - Brilliant the wolves and the tiger were brilliantly done and looked pretty realistic too!
  • News Reports - Oh look, people actually noticed something happened to the planet! I do miss Trinity Wells, though. She always gave the best news updates.

Low Points

  • Children - There seems to be some kind of obsession with children in this series. Yes, we know Clara is a teacher, there's no need to shove it in our faces quite so much. This series was meant to take a darker turn, but it has been pretty limited due to the large amount of children involved in some stories. Also, these kids were meant to be in Year 8 (For International readers, that's 12-13 year old). Maebh looks about 7 years old.
  • London - Greater London has a population of over 8 million people. If a massive forest sprouted up overnight, you'd think a very large portion of those people would at least wander outside to see what was going on. They didn't bump into a soul, until Maebh's mother popped up at the end, oh, and those pointless flamethrower people.
  • "Forget" - I don't see how the scriptwriters can insult human intelligence but waving away random forest events as forgetfulness. People don't just forget things like that, that's just stupid.
  • Threat (or lack thereof) - Besides the tiger, the most threatening thing in this episode was Nelson's Column falling over. I just don't think trees are that scary...

Quote of the Week

The Doctor: "It's like the New Forest, except a bit newer"

Thank you for reading! Drop a comment with your thoughts or suggestions! They will be greatly appreciated!

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