Doctor Who, 806 - Peter Capaldi
Doctor Who, 806 "The Caretaker" - The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) ©2014 BBC Worldwide

There is a general concenus that this Doctor Who 806 “The Caretaker” is not one of the better episodes, some put it down as being the comedy episode!

Sunday Telegraph (UK) Doctor Who 806 “The Caretaker”” review by Ceri Radford

[quote_box_center]In the sixth episode of the series, the Time Lord continued his eternal quest to provide family-friendly entertainment while defending Earth from the forces of darkness. Peter Capaldi lent his usual irascible charm to the latest incarnation of the nation’s favourite alien…

…The props were as kitsch as Clara’s blouses: Skovox Blitzer looked a bit like it had been made out of sticky-backed plastic, while the Doctor’s invisibility watch seemed frankly unsophisticated compared with Apple’s forthcoming Watch.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Full Review

The Guardian (UK) Doctor Who 806 “The Caretaker” review by Adrian Rogers

[quote_box_center]The alien incursion part of this story is its weakest element, but basing itself in story and character as it does, you barely notice the joins…

…Did it matter that the world never felt under much of a threat? Maybe, but also maybe best to chalk this up to being another of the “funny ones”. That said, the policeman’s severed hand almost made me vomit a little.[/quote_box_center]

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

The Independent (UK) Doctor Who 806 “The Caretaker” review by Neela Debnath

[quote_box_center]Sadly, this wasn’t about the thrill of the chase but rather a way to push the series along and progress the overarching story arc, resulting in a laboured plot with little payoff.

There were a couple of little references to the classic series, from the Tardis in the Coal Hill School workshop to a mention of the Fish People from ‘The Underwater Menace‘…

…Ultimately it was all very middle of the road, summed up with non-committal shrug: you could take it or leave it.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: 1 out of 5, from our reading of the review Full Review

Entertainment Weekly Doctor Who 806 “The Caretaker” review by Jeroen Amin

[quote_box_center]The era of the romantic Doctor is gone, replaced by the era of the Dad Doctor…

…All in all, this episode sets up the rest of the season to be fairly interesting. The Doctor hasn’t had such an antagonistic relationship with a potential companion since Mickey and, back then, it was more about a love triangle. This time it’s about him acting like a protective father.[/quote_box_center]

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

Colin Davies

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