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The Care Taker, The Soldier, and The Teacher

This is a full plot synopsis and review of Doctor Who S8′s “The Care Taker.” If you have not yet seen the episode, this article contains episode spoilers. Please proceed with caution!!!!

 

“The Care Taker” penned by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat, starts strong with The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) going through several adventures that we get small glimpses of. It is not only fun to see the different types of adventures the TARDIS crew has when it is not a Saturday night, but it also lets us see exactly how hard it is for Clara to juggle her real life and her “Doctor life.” During one of these brief glimpses, our two protagonists are being shot at, and The Doctor screams that he HATES soldiers, and asks Clara if she feels the same, with Clara agreeing (despite knowing her current boyfriend is a former soldier). When the glimpses slow down, Clara tells herself in a mirror she can absolutely handle everything.  We next see the pair on the TARDIS where The Doctor is being a little too nice. When Clara asks why he is being so nice, The Doctor explains that it works on her, thus he’s trying that tactic. He tells Clara that he is going deep undercover, and she should not ask questions nor try to look where he is scheduled to go. A funny scene where each snap their fingers to get the TARDIS doors open or shut while fighting about The Doctor’s secret mission, The Doctor tells Clara to go, and that he will see her when he does. She slowly walks out, and suddenly comes back in to try to catch The Doctor and see what he’s doing. The Doctor notices and she motions that she is watching him, because she understands the only reason not to tell her what he was doing would be if it was something she disapproved of, and she knows he is doing something sneaky.

The scene cuts to Coal Hill School, where Danny (Samuel Anderson) and Clara try to say good morning to each other with the students teasing them. Clara asks if the children know they are dating, and Danny says he believes so but children are prone to using their imaginations so it could be anything. They are called into the morning teacher’s assembly where they are informed the current care taker is ill, and will be replaced by…. You guessed it, The Doctor. He presents himself as the “New Caretaker” whose name is John Smith, but most people just call him “The Doctor” as he winks at Clara. Danny is the first to step up and try to shake his hand and greet him, but The Doctor walks away abruptly. Clara tells Danny she will catch him later, and runs back in the caretaker’s room to confront The Doctor. She asks him why he is “deep under cover” in her school. He brushes her off asking how she knew it was him; with her pointing out in a highly annoyed manner, he had only changed his. While it seems as though the two will continue to argue, The Doctor tells her “look I’ve got a brush” and explains he has caretaking duties that he must attend to, so she must go. Clara protests that he will not be able to fit in at the school, or really anywhere. The Doctor tells her that he once lived with Otters for a month because he and River had a fight; Clara says the school is populated by humans, not otters, and The Doctor responds with that’ll make his job even easier. He explains he is undercover because no one is safe, but when he is through, everyone will be safe. She screams that she hates him, and he quickly responds with, “that’s fine, it’s a perfectly normal reaction” as she leaves the room.

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“Into the Dalek” Brings New Dimensions to the Daleks, The Doctor, and Clara

Warning: this is a full summary of S8, “Into the Dalek” and contains spoilers and major plot points from that episode!

 

The episode begins with a full on Dalek attack against what turns out to be the “Combined Galactic Resistance.” Journey and Kai Blue’s ship has been hit, and it appears Kai is already dead in the scene, though he may have just been passed out with extreme injuries Journey tells her brother she is sorry about the upcoming crash, which was a very Doctor thing to say, and she is suddenly on the TARDIS. The Doctor appears exactly one second prior to the ship’s explosion, encapsulating Journey and saving her, though he is unable to save her brother or any other ships. The Doctor talks her through the transmat, which can be both confusing and leave someone feeling a bit sick; and doesn’t even flinch at the gun in his face Journey pulls out. He explains that he materialized his TARDIS around her, exactly one second prior to the explosion as she demands to be taken back to her ship. His response is priceless, telling her that she needs to get her demand right. On her third try, with The Doctor’s prompting, she asks and uses the word please, so he takes her to their “mostly” shielded ship. As they are exiting the TARDIS, The Doctor tells her, “dry your eyes Journey Blue, crying is for civilians, it’s how we communicate with you lot,” laying down the foundation for one of the central plot lines, the difference between soldiers and civilians. How The Doctor knew there was a Dalek attack and that the ship would explode precisely one second later is unseen. He may have visited the battle once before, looking to see if he could save someone, or it may have been as simple as the TARDIS taking him where he needs to be.

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Upon materializing on the Aristotle, Journey Blue’s uncle, Uncle Morgan, personally thanks The Doctor for saving Journey, but explains that since The Doctor was able to breech their security system, he will have to be killed. The Doctor begins to respond and Journey stops her uncle, telling him that the man he is thinking of killing is a doctor, and that they have a patient. The Doctor is brought before the patient, which turns out to be a Dalek, and in a scene reminiscent of Christopher Eccelston in the 2005 episode entitled, “Dalek” The Doctor tells the crew, “you don’t understand, you can’t put me in there” knowing what could happen and what danger he is in once the Dalek recognizes him and begins his attempts at extermination. But this Dalek is a bit different, it is sick and it is on the side of the humans, and The Doctor is in no immediate danger.

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Meanwhile, back in London, England, Earth, Clara is introduced to her newest co-worker, Danny Pink (played by Samuel Anderson). He leads a group called the “Coal Hill School Cadets” teaching the students a base level of soldier training. In his classroom, we find out that he is a maths teacher, and one of his students asks if he has ever killed anyone. Danny replies that he was a soldier and he did what he needed to do, he would leave it up to their minds to fill in blanks, but the student presses further asking if Danny Pink has ever killed anyone who wasn’t another soldier. Danny breaks down and allows a single tear to be shed, repeating the student’s assignment as the conversation is ended thanks to the bell. He is referred to as a ladies’ man by two separate people and he denies it, every time saying he stays home reading during the weekends. While Danny rubbed me wrong for some reason I can not quite put my finger on, his introduction and portrayal were wonderful. After telling Clara he has even more reading to do so he cannot go to a going away party for a colleague, he is caught by her, banging his head against the desk in a fairly funny scene where Clara persists and asks if he’ll look “that terrified when [he] take(s) [her] for drinks?” After telling him to take her out for drinks, Danny agrees, though the viewer is left wondering who he has potentially killed, why he killed that person/s, and if it will matter to Clara when she finds out. Clara may not mind soldiers, but I highly doubt gratuitous civilian killing would be something she will approve of when she finds out.

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Welcome to Heaven. Again. What is Missy’s Purpose in Doctor Who?

Warning:  This article contains spoilers regarding the episode “Into the Dalek.” 

Impossibly, Missy seems to have an even shorter appearance during “Into the Dalek” than she had last week in “Deep Breath.” Yet, during that minute or two we see her again, it is clear she will be playing a part of the overall story arch of this series of Doctor Who. This appearance, in a forest green dress, only a shade lighter than the black we saw her in last week, she is sitting in what seems to be a dining room, pouring her newest resident of Heaven a cup of tea. The dining room is empty save for Missy and Gretchen Alison Carlisle, a soldier who had accompanied The Doctor and Clara quite literally into a Dalek.

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While they are the only two in the dining room, it appears to have multiple dining tables, as if it has a capacity for a much larger group of people. The room’s french doors have sheer curtains over them, so it is hard to see into the garden, but there is definitely one outside of the dining room. From what I could see, it looked similar to the garden Missy refers to as “paradise” in “Deep Breath” with the same columns outside on the porch area. Between the sheer curtains and blurred exterior, it was hard to tell but it looked as though it might have been missing the circular section in the center. Whether this is to keep us from being sure if it is the same place or if it is because this is a virtual projection Missy has created for people remains to be seen. Continue reading