Face The Raven
Written by: Sarah Dollard
Directed by: Justin Molotnikov
Broadcast Date: Saturday 21st November at 8:10pm on BBC One
The Gallifrey Times have seen Face The Raven and have put our spoiler free preview together.
After a horrifically divisive and disappointed reaction from Whovians last week, with an episode I, for one, felt as-if was Gatiss' best. It seems as if it's beginning to get truly struggling to gather the expectations set for the story. However, don't worry, I'm pretty certain I've got this one right, for this week's spellbinding, significant and sinister (albeit still fun) 50 minute treat titled Face The Raven, will surely delight many in many different ways. This is the story we've been waiting for, intensely magical and superbly enjoyable, Sarah Dollard really has pulled out all the stops to make this a near-perfect triumph. Await with bated breath Whovians, you're down for one hell-of-a ride.
Once again, welcome back Maisie Williams! Yes, Ashildr returns, surprisingly, she's even better than ever! For me, Ashildr is the sub-character that we've been wanting for Capaldi's era, she's feisty, intelligent and actually, as a matter of fact, very powerful. Do NOT underestimate the power of Me, for this story really highlights her importance within this series, and with full admiration, she's been a key player in the overall ambition and standard of Series 9 of Doctor Who. Hopefully she'll be back before we know it, and weirdly, I'm sure she will.
The Doctor and Clara have never been so ruthless. This is a story of motive, intention, and consequence, interwoven beautifully with the classic Doctor Who atmosphere of thrills, adventure and of course, many shocks. More than ever, the understanding of Ms Oswald becomes much clearer, her flaws, her effort to try and be as wonderful as possible, and her growing sense of inevitability. Sincere, frothing with elegance and true meaning, this could be my favourite story as far of Capaldi's run.