Saturday, 10 October 2015

Review - Doctor Who: "Before The Flood"

In this week's episode of Doctor Who, "Before The Flood" we get a very 'timey wimey' story
involving an Electric Guitar, Doctor/Clara face-timing and Beethoven's 5th.

"Before The Flood" started off very strangely with The Doctor breaking the 4th wall and talking to the audience about The Bootstrap Paradox, a time travel paradox in which an object or information can exist without ever being created and asks the question "Who really composed Beethoven's 5th?" and then plays the electric guitar leading into the opening credits which has an electric guitar theme for this episode! It was a great start to the episode.
The story this episode gets very complicated with its time travel elements and all the explaining the episode has to do to justify the events that happened last week, thankfully they're answered brilliantly, this episode really highlights The Doctor and his will to save Clara, who is in danger of dying, which makes him confront The Fisher King, the being that was in the suspended animation chamber  it also makes him come up with an ingenious plan to save everyone which leads back to plot points in the previous episode and also relates back to the start of the episode with The Doctor talking to the audience, when explaining how he saved the day, the Doctor brings up the bootstrap paradox and asks once again "Who really composed Beethoven's 5th?" and does a sly nod to the viewers, i loved this, its was so strange for The Doctor to talk to the audience but it perfectly summed up the episode and made the explanation of how he saved the day alright, because it could've come across as confusing.

The Doctor & The Fisher King
The Fisher King's design was really cool and different for Doctor Who, he looked like something straight out of a horror film also he had a very strong presence in the episode while not being in it for too long.

Capaldi was the standout in this episode and had several scenes where he shined, he has really found his groove as The Doctor and is quickly climbing up the list of my favourite Doctor.

"Before The Flood" succeeds because of its confidence to try new things, which is hard to do when a show is in its 26 season!

What did you think of "Before The Flood?"
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