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The COBRA group’s struggling with a global crisis; London’s in apparent lockdown; and Doc and Clara go hiking with a Tiger King.

The world has been plunged into an existential crisis overnight; an invisible transmission has raced across the planet and it looks like life may never return to normal.

The government’s emergency COBRA group meets and decides the best course of action is for everyone to stay in their homes while they burn everything to the ground.

As the politicians’ schemes prove useless, Doc, Clara, Danny Pink, and Coal Hill Year 8 Gifted and Talented take a last stand, before Little Red Riding Hood is eaten by big bad wolves.

Here's what we think of N114 In the Forest of the Night

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

0.2

Drew | @drewbackwhen

2.1

Marie | Not on twitter...

0.5

Here's what we think of N114 In the Forest of the Night

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

0.2

Drew | @drewbackwhen

2.1

Marie | Not on twitter...

0.5

Here's what you think 3 Responses to “N114 In the Forest of the Night”
  1. Star Wars Syl | @starwarssyl

    I love the music at the beginning! I also love the lion statue in the trees.

    I am a little bit curious, though: when we were shown an image of the whole Earth, even the oceans were green. Does that mean that in the deepest parts of the ocean really tall trees grew up, or did waterlilies just cover the ocean’s surface? Or maybe kelp just went bonkers?

    Last time we had giant webs, we ended up with moon parasites, but the time before that, the Pandorica? No spiders. We did that again here, in the small clearing in the forest with the bright light, just before we meet the sparkles… giant webs, with very missing giant spiders. Very odd.

    Danny Pink is so caring, so intentionally kind. He doesn’t leave kindness to chance, he sets out to be kind.

    And good news! The Doctor says, “This is my world too. I walk your Earth, I breathe your air.” He has grown since Kill the Moon! This is very exciting for me. We’re not out of the woods yet, but it’s getting better.

    4.8 out of 5 benevolent tree sparkles that stop the Earth from burning.

  2. Jim The Fish

    Full review is 249 words + bonus notes from Ponken and Drews question about Jamie Mathieson being showrunner. I’d love if you could maybe read it out at the end or something, love to hear ye’re thoughts

    Short notes as I was watching:

    • I don’t understand the whole premise of ‘everybody wakes up and there’s trees everywhere’- surely some people would have been awake? Like on the other side of the planet where it’s daytime? Why not just make it occur over a short space of time (like a few days). Also the comparison to the ice age… no, that’s not how ice ages work.
    • It’s London. WHERE IS EVERYONE? Did I miss a logical explanation as to why London only consisted of about 10 people instead of the 9.3 million?
    • Clara is that asshole teacher who hates her students, she let some poor kid get beat up by the bully. Clara didn’t even look up from her fucking book when he asked for help. Then she tells that poor ginger girl that she’s got no imagination.
    • Seriously, Pink was standing a few feet away from a tiger, with a class full of 12-year-olds with problems, and so the Tiger’s natural decision is ‘Ah, run away’…and then everyone forgot about the wolves and the tiger and simply walked home.
    • There is also a weird message that kids shouldn’t take their medication which is… actually kind of terrible. Let’s just give kids the idea that their parents are ignoring them because they make them take medication.
    • So, if nobody had done anything, it still would’ve turned out okay? What a wonderful script. None of the characters added anything to the story.

    0.3/5 (0.3 because it looked pretty)

    Bonus Notes about Jamie Mathieson being showrunner

    This is all according to himself at a Birmingham convention.

    Mathiesons unused episode:

    I asked if he had written any more episodes for Capaldi; apparently it was too dark and denied by the BBC and Moffat. The gist was:

    12th Doctor on a luxury spaceship for all the important business people and aristocrats of the era, and it turned out it was as tame as possible at hinting it was an “orgy boat”. 12 would realise this when a bunch of young children left the room of a businessman on the ship he thought was a good guy. 12 then proceeds to “go dark” and sabotages the ship and evacuating the children. It was an episode on child abuse that is rampant in high British society, so no wonder it didn’t see the light of day.

    Here is what I can tell you about Mathiesons plan for series 11 – 13 had he become showrunner.

    “The next Doctor would have been Irish and modelled after the famous rugged Irish sailor Tom Crean.

    He would wake up in Lofoten in Norway, and the first series would involve an arc surrounding an ancient Nordic Ghost ship that was terrifying the skies of Scandinavia.

    The Second was going to involve a subrace of Timelords who were very much skinwalkers, they would regenerate by shredding their skin and morphing into satanic goats, horsemen, all sorts of nasty horror filled stuff.”

    The BBC told him, it was too dark, and beyond the budget they could allocate.

  3. Michael Ridgway | @bad_movie_club

    Like:

    • It ended.

    Beefs:

    • I’m all for echo-Who. Sign me up for giant maggots and killer plants, giant spiders and plastic-pollution gross-out body-horror. What has this got? Nothing. I wanted Triffids. We were even teased with a cannibal witch who didn’t show. And don’t taunt me with with a bunch of über annoying kids and then fail to kill any off. Was having a few kids mauled by a tiger really too much to ask?
    • I’m sure we all laughed our socks off at the useless COBRA response. ‘They’d never be that shockingly, SHOCKINGLY, shit in a real crisis, right?’ Keep clapping everyone. Nothing to see here!
    • This was cheap. I mean, seriously? There’s cheap and there’s filming in your back garden with a few stolen traffic cones.
    • What the heck was that ending? Was she living in that shrubbery all this time? Why isn’t she half dead and covered in poo! This makes no sense.

    Summary: This had the misfortune to be viewed after Picard Episode 10, which put me in the foulest mood since 52% of the country decided to gorge itself on a bag of rotten donkey testicles. But this is surely among the worst episodes of Doctor Who ever made. At least Akhaten triggered an emotional response, albeit hurling my own faeces at the screen. There is nothing here. Simply nothing. Emptiness.

    Rating: 0.2/5 for a decent looking Tiger. Although the Cheetah People in the Seventh Doctor Classic Survival actually ate people.

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