Ahhhh. We all love a good top 12 list. After my last
/ Flash article, a couple of friends asked me to write something a bit different, and here we are now. After the current seasons of The Flash and Arrow finish, I will write top 23 lists for them, but for now, let's begin the countdown!
12.) In The Forest Of The Night
I know that this is an episode that has greatly divided the fandom. It's a love it/ hate it episode, a bit like marmite. Unlike most, I don't hate it, however the overall standard of Series 8 was just too high for this episode to do any better. My main issues with this episode are the general plot and the fact that the Doctor didn't do too much. I just find it implausible, ridiculous and lacking in interesting and exciting scenes.
I recognise that this episode was a nice departure from the status quo, but I expected something much better from an award-winning writer like Frank Cottrell Boyce.
11.) Kill The Moon
I know, I know. The bit with the Doctor leaving is awesome. The lights on/off thing is a stroke of genius. This is a brilliant episode in many respects. I, for one am just not a big fan of it. I am unable to pinpoint exactly why I don't see it the way many others do, but there is something about that I just don't like.
10.) Into The Dalek
Now that we have the two episodes that I really dislike out of the way, we can get to the (in my opinion) really good ones. I think that the concept that this episode is based on is solid, and I really enjoy all of the scenes inside the Dalek. The final battle is exciting and fresh, and the supporting characters are interesting and their viewpoints (mostly) relatable. The only reason that this episode isn't higher up on my list is that all of these good things only take up about half of the episode. The first half is taken up with the introduction of Danny Pink. Whilst I recognise that this is necessary for the sake of the plots of later episodes, I think that this could perhaps have been spread throughout multiple episodes, and is my main qualm with the episode.
9.) Robot Of Sherwood
Another unpopular opinion. I'm sure everyone will criticise me for this in the comments. A lot of fans hate this episode, but I don't understand them. I think that it's funny, interesting and a nice break from the serious tone of Season 8. I, for one, usually hate Mark Gatiss' episodes of Doctor Who, and the idea that he could be show-runner terrifies me, but I enjoyed this episode.
8.) Deep Breath
WOW. This was an amazing episode. It had callbacks to another episode (The Girl In The Fireplace,) dinosaurs, and our first look at Missy. And a new Doctor! I was a huge Matt Smith fan, and he is one of my favourite Doctors, along with Tom Baker and Paul McGann. I was really sad to see him go, and I found that Capaldi was too harsh in this episode. In regeneration episodes, Doctors are never themselves, but even towards the end of this, Capaldi didn't feel like The Doctor. The Doctor would never leave Clara behind. Whilst other episodes retain this (she cares so I don't have to - Into The Dalek,) they don't feature it to the same extent.
7.) The Caretaker
Many of you will be surprised to see this episode ranked so highly, others won't. This episode had humour, love, a Doctor, and a slightly under-developed villain. Like Kill The Moon, I'm not sure why my views on this episode are so different from most people's views, but I thoroughly enjoyed this episode.
6.) Time Heist
My last majorly unpopular opinion in this article, I loved Time Heist. I thought it parodied a Heist film very well, and the director did an excellent job. The monster could have been better, but there was a heart-warming ending to the episode, and we got some real Doctor moments. One of my main issues with this series is definitely the character of the Doctor and how he's portrayed. This episode countered that, giving us some of the most Doctory momentsin the series. On to the top 5!
5.) Mummy On The Orient Express
Doctor Who is a show that needs a chilling and well-developed villain, amazing supporting characters, a companion with an emotional journey, a human storyline, a contribution to the overall arc plot, and some great references. This episode had them all. Jamie Mathieson may as well have gone through the list with a pencil, scoring them off as he went along. The writing is top-notch. The acting is top-notch. The music is top-notch. The sets are top-notch. The VFX are top-notch. This episode is so close to being perfect.
Ironically, this is one of the most 3-dimensional episodes in the entire season. A lot of fans hated the idea of Clara being he Doctor, but I think that some of the best episodes of the show, like Blink, are Doctor-lite. One of the very subtle gems of the episode occurs when Clara lies to Danny. In this episode, Clara plays the Doctor. The Doctor, in this series, lies and is manipulative even more than in other seasons of the show. He seems to think that rule number 1 is an excuse for everything. Clara takes on the lying part of the Doctor's role just as much as she does the clever and helpful part of it. This episode explored what it means to be The Doctor, and so is ranked fourth. No onto the podium positions!
3.) Dark Water
Steven Moffat is a writer who has dealt with childish fears a lot. In the two-part finale he begins to explore a very adult fear: death. With some very human moments stemming from Danny and Clara, as well as my two favourite Doctor Who baddies of all time, the Cybermen and Missy, this episode is amazing. Not much more needs to be said, except go and watch this again.
An episode that wasn't very highly anticipated by anyone except me turned out to be one of the best in the show's history. An episode that explores the Doctor's fears! And a young Doctor. Oh God. We learnt a bit about the Doctor's history form the two people talking in the barn, and that scene has led to much speculation. The rest of the episode is stunning, and the character moments are beautiful, but the barn scene is perfect.
1.) Death In Heaven
What can I say. Number 1, Death in Heaven. With great villains, a compelling storyline with Danny, heart-wrenching manipulations from the Doctor and Clara, The Doctor (and the viewers) nearly finding Gallifrey, and a post-credits scene with Santa, this episode is beyond perfect. It is divine... heavenly.
You've heard my thoughts, but which episode did you enjoy most? Results to be published in a few days!
That's all for now! Let me know in the comments if you want more Flarrow articles, or another Doctor Who one. What do you want me to write about? Thanks for reading!