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Doctor Who 804 “Listen” – Reviews round-up

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Doctor Who (2000s), 804 "Listen" - Is Clara (Jenna Coleman) believable? ©2014 BBC Wordlwide, photo by Adrian Rogers

Doctor Who 804 “Listen” seems to have gotten a better response that last weeks episode but some are still questioning if it was convoluted and silly.

Sunday Telegraph (UK) Doctor Who 804 “Listen” review by Michael Hogan

It was the scariest episode involving a craggy Scotsman since [Prime Minister] Gordon Brown last tried to smile….

…A smart twist saw a rare visit to our hero’s home planet of Gallifrey and a glimpse of the young Doctor, sobbing scared in a barn that we’d seen somewhere before. Clara was forced to hide under the boy’s bed and grab his ankle. Yes, it was the Doctor’s own nightmare all along. The big bad Timelord was afraid of the dark…

This was funny, frightening, utterly absorbing and enormously entertaining television.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Full Review

The Guardian (UK) Doctor Who 804 “Listen” review by Dan Martin

After a divisive foray into Robin Hood territory, this week’s episode is phenomenally good, with possibly one of [Steven] Moffat’s best ever scripts…

…Of course, limitation is the root of creativity – making the best of a bad budget is one of Doctor Who’s great hallmarks, and by deliberately choosing to do the cheap one, Moffat is allowed to take his favourite subject, fear – the thing in the corner of your eye and the monster under the bed – and push it to the ultimate conclusion. A story where the monster is fear itself…

Clara and Danny’s date is as much a masterclass in awkward as the rest is a masterclass in spooky.

Rating: (5 out of 5 stars, from our reading of the review) Full Review

The Independent (UK) Doctor Who 804 “Listen” review by Neela Debnath

Scare master Steven Moffat was on true form this week with a psychologically terrifying episode.

…The return to the barn in Gallifrey and the connection to ‘The Day of the Doctor’ was a nice little touch…

Listen’ is the most powerful episode of Doctor Who from Moffat to date. It was a moving piece of drama as well as a terrifying piece of Saturday night television.

Rating: 5 out of 5, from our reading of the review Full Review

Entertainment Weekly Doctor Who 804 “Listen” review by Jeroen Amin

Let’s get this straight out there—this episode is sure to rock the fan base. Fans the world over are already flocking to their keyboards to let their thoughts out. It’s one hell of a ride….

…Many people have described [Peter] Capaldi’s Doctor as being something of a scientist testing his theories so far, and we see that on full display here…

The Doctor has been driven to heroism by capitalizing on fear his whole life and we learn that the barn that the War Doctor sought refuge in is the very same barn to which Clara has navigated the TARDIS.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars from our reading of the review Full Review

Forbes Doctor Who 804 “Listen” review by Neil Midgley

As so often with modern Doctor Who, the plot tried to become Important and Significant. And along the way, became convoluted and silly. Certainly too daft to be scary…

…Listen also suffered from another tic that often frustrates me about today’s Doctor Who: in the interests of being clever-clever, it divorced its characters from any kind of internal consistency, and turned them into nothing more than cartoons….

It’s just nonsensical, and means that Clara’s character is entirely unbelievable as a person.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars from our reading of the review Full Review