The Doctor Turns Caretaker to Save the World in This Week’s “Doctor Who”

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC

Here we are again, another Saturday, another trip in the TARDIS with the Doctor and Clara.  This week’s episode “The Caretaker,” which is written by Gareth Thomas and Steven Moffat, sees the action taking place right in the middle of Coal Hill School where Clara sees both sides of her life crash together.

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  • Loved the opening scenes which showed Clara running between the two men in her life; the Doctor and the lovely Danny Pink, welcome back Sam, with Mr Pink having absolutely no idea that in her spare time Clara travels the galaxy in a big old blue box.  We all know that can’t continue for much longer and so does Clara deep down.
  • Talking about deep, the Doctor tells Clara he is going deep undercover to do a thing, and he has to do it alone.  He doesn’t let Clara see where he is going, however we see the map, and he is heading to East London. What else is in East London? That’s right, Coal Hill School.
  • Clara is horrified to discover that John Smith, aka the Doctor in a rather fetching brown overall, is the substitute caretaker! Danny seems to think that Clara recognises the rather intense caretaker with the eyebrows; everyone notices the eyebrows. Clara tells the Doctor she doesn’t think he can blend in and in an attempt to defend himself, he tells her that he sulked with otters for a month after a fight with River!! There we have it, Time Lords and Ladies, the first mention of River Song by our new Doctor.  He also tells Clara that the children will be safe but at the moment they are obviously not, but the only alien in the school is him (well for now anyway).
  • Meanwhile, away from Coal Hill, a policeman investigates a derelict building believing there are truanting children inside, however he meets a rather frazzled end following a run in with some form of alien robot being.
  • The Doctor is planting devices all over the school, and during this, he meets a teacher who bears a more than passing resemblance to his previous incarnation, complete with a bow tie. The Doctor mistakenly believes this is the man Clara is having “serious dates” with, and he goes a little bit soft and gooey over the idea.  He also meets Danny Pink, and Clara points out the resemblance between Danny and Orson Pink (who we met a couple of weeks ago in “Listen”). The Doctor doesn’t join the dots.  He also doesn’t believe that Danny as an ex soldier could be anything other than a P.E. teacher.
  • Clara finds the Doctor in the Caretakers building and asks if the ones before her (companions obviously) let him away with keeping them in the dark, and she tells him that she knows the school must be under threat because he is here. The Doctor is scanning for any alien technology and discovers a Skovox Blitzer which is “one of the deadliest killing machines ever created”.  The Doctor plans to lure the Skovox Blitzer to the school and using a timeline cordon send it billions of years into the future.  Oh and he has an invisibility watch, which is rather cool.  The Doctor tells Clara to go home to be with her boyfriend, who looks a bit like a certain rather dashing time traveller!! The Doctor says to Clara that he likes him, and she is so happy at this. I can see the flaw in this Clara, classic case of mistaken identity.
  • Danny seems rather unsure of John Smith, and wonders what he was before. As Clara shares her mistaken belief that he speaks highly of Danny, Danny seems rather less than happy with this news. Is Danny more perceptive than we give him credit for.
  • As the Doctor lures the Skovox Blitzer into the school, Danny is still wandering round the school in an attempt to talk to the caretaker and in the process sees the Doctor sending the Skovox Blitzer into the future.  The Doctor then launches a scathing attack on “P.E” as it appears he deactivated one of the chronodine generators in error and rather than the Blitzer going billions of years into the future it will reappear in 3 days.
  • Danny realises that Clara knows the Doctor/Caretaker and thinks she is a space woman!! She tries to say it was all for a play however Danny doesn’t believe her. Has Danny seen stuff like this before? He thinks the Doctor is her space dad and in the ensuing argument Clara tells the Doctor that Danny is her boyfriend, and she loves him.  The Doctor tells her she has made a boyfriend error, and we discover that the “handsome one with the bowtie” is called Adrian.
  • Clara tells Danny the truth about the Doctor, and the pair show him the TARDIS. I never get bored of people seeing the inside of the TARDIS for the first time. Danny says they should call the army to protect the school from the returning Skovoz Blitzer and that is what the Doctor is worried about.  As Clara takes Danny home, the Doctor says to her that when she returns she can finish the job because although she explained the Doctor to Danny, she didn’t explain Danny to the Doctor. We all know the Doctor’s views on soldiers.
  • Clara explains to Danny that the reason she travels with the Doctor is because it is amazing and she sees wonders, and that the Doctor used to look like Adrian! Danny is upset that she kept her life with the Doctor a secret and he wants to know what she is like when she is with the Doctor.
  • Clara gives Danny the invisibility watch so he can see what she is like with the Doctor, but the Doctor knows Danny is there. Danny unveils himself and Danny starts saluting the Time Lord and calling him Sir. Well we know that the Doctor hates that so a bit of a chest beating contest starts, which ends with Danny walking out of the TARDIS and Clara runs after him.
  • The Skovox Blitzer reappears during parents night, and Danny and Clara run off to help the Doctor, well Clara helps Danny is told to leave them alone. Clara distracts the Blitzer however thanks to the quick thinking of Danny the Doctor has enough time to get the Blitzer to deactivate itself.
  • Danny realises that he doesn’t need the Doctor to like him, he needs to make sure that the Doctor thinks he is good enough for Clara.
  • Clara asks Danny what he thinks of the Doctor, and he says that the Doctor is the type of individual who pushes you until you do things you didn’t think you could do. Danny worries because Clara wasn’t scared during the Blitzer attack, and he thought she should have been. Clara says that is because she trusts the Doctor and that he has never let her down.
  • The Policeman who met his maker at the beginning of the episode is seen describing the incident to an unnamed man, played by Chris Addison, and the policeman realises he is dead.  Unnamed man gives him a number of names as to his location; “the afterlife, THE PROMISED LAND, I’m partial to the Nethersphere”. We then see Missy walking down the corridor and that she too busy to welcome him herself.  Unnamed man then asks if the policeman has any questions!!

There we have it, the Doctor and Danny Pink have finally met, and I have to say I loved it.  This episode was what Doctor Who is awesome at; aliens and monsters. We have finally met Chris Addison’s character who will definitely reappear in episodes 11 and 12.  I did like the idea that the Doctor thought Clara’s boyfriend was the man who looked more than a little like Matt Smith’s Doctor, played by Edward Harrison; this made Capaldi’s Doctor a little less cold and heartless.

Next week, we are headed to the moon and we welcome back the orange spacesuits. “Kill The Moon” is written by Peter Harness, and as always lets have a look at what Steven Moffat has to tell us about the episode and then watch the trailer.

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara arrive on a decrepit shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon.  Crashing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of eviscerated corpses, spider-like creatures scuttling in the dark, and a terrible dilemma.  When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life. Is the man she’s trusted so long really a hero after all? Is he even her friend?

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