“Everyone Gets Really Paranoid” (Doctor Who: Listen)

Listen (Poster)
The episode itself was a bit more… subtle.

I really am starting to watch these episodes pretty late, aren’t I? Anyway, I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t trying to avoid watching this one at night, because a) i’m a wimp, and b) I’m still terrified of the Hound of the Baskervilles. If you couldn’t guess, this episode was kind of a scary one.

The Doctor has been traveling alone for a while, and seems to have gone a bit stir crazy. he believes that he has found evidence of creatures that can hide anywhere, at any time. Determined to find one of these things, he drags Clara along on a mad romp across the cosmos, from her childhood, to the end of the universe.

This episode was ridiculously good. I loved it, even though it got pretty freaky at points. Stephen Moffat took some of the bets elements of Blink, Silence in the Library, and Midnight, to make a really good episode. However, at all built up into one big culmination… that sucked. The ending wasn’t bad, but it ruined the entire episode. Ultimately, it explained that the whole thing was an obsession from the Doctor’s youth, and that the obsession was Clara’s indirect fault. This would have been fine if it was just the Doctor in the episode, but at any given point, there were at least two other witnesses, making the absolutely crazy goings on make no sense. It’s a pretty great episode with a very interesting premise, but you cannot watch it the second time. 8 out of 10.

In the end, Listen was bursting with potential, and totally lived up to all of it. Except, in the end. If you watch this episode, leave before the last 10 or so minutes. The ending completely negates the genius of Listen, and ruins one of the best original Doctor Who episodes I’ve seen in a long time.

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