Kill the Moon
Written by: Peter Harness
Directed by: Paul Wilmshurst
Broadcast Date: Saturday 4th October at 8.30pm on BBC One
Reviewed by Ben Coleman for The Gallifrey Times.
The Gallifrey Times have seen Kill the Moon and have put our spoiler free preview together.
Right from the pre-titles sequence, the danger levels are set. Clara's plea gets the message across straight away that there is going to be serious trouble and makes us anticipate what could possibly be so bad.
By now, the Doctor has established himself, so he feels like the same Doctor we know and love. He proves that he can still be silly while being serious. He has faith in his companions and can't be doing with those that annoy him. Peter Capaldi puts in a great performance, creating a Doctor that I'm loving more and more each week.
Clara also proves how well her character has developed, with Jenna Coleman's brilliant performance once again showing us what it's really like to be friends with the Doctor. This episode shows us what it's like when a companion gets fed up of the Doctor's arrogance and cleverness, which is a nice twist from the usual companion story.
This is also the first time this series that I've really taken notice of the music, with Murray Gold's haunting scores perfectly complimenting Wilmshurst's stunning direction and Harness's superb writing. Every aspect of this episode has been done to perfection, making it a real treat to watch.
Overall, Kill the Moon fits well with the darker tone of this series. It is now my favourite episode of the series and I believe it will be a big hit with the fans, although arachnophobics may wish to seek some therapy afterwards.
The Gallifrey Times Rating: 9.5/10
Thanks to the BBC for providing a preview of this episode.
We're also excited to announce that we have an exclusive interview with the writer of Kill the Moon, Peter Harness, tomorrow on The Gallifrey Times!