The previous episode of Doctor Who was a cult-style, scientific thriller complete with epic twists and turns and written in the classic style familiar to the series. This week in the latest episode entitled Flatline, fans were in for a full night of twists, turns and storytelling matrices which ran far outside the scoop of anything seen during in the series and far surpassed the predictions of its hardcore critics.
This second episode of season eight was created by Jamie Mathieson, and followed the previous episode, Mummy On The Orient Express. During this week’s adventure, Doctor Who encountered the shrinking TARDIS, a mini-sized doctor, and, surprisingly, living monsters who existed in a 2D state and proved to be the icing on the cake of one of the most basic scientific fiction displays of creative art seen on television this year. The episode was played out in the form of two levels of existential mystery and it was the first episode to cross the boundaries of television standards and evolve, during its unfolding, into a cinematic production.
As always, Doctor Who displays his traditional feeling of being a deeply emotional individual and transforms those feelings into gripping plot lines that pull the viewer into the episode. But, tonight, Doctor Who also brought the essence of directorial features of the show to an even greater, unexpected level of engagement and charm. In the past, audiences have sat out the drawn-out triangle of love developing between Doctor Who, Danny and Clara and, as many expected in the approach of the final scenes of this cult-style thriller, the episode took an unexpected turn…as Clara turns into the doctor herself.
He sat trapped within a tiny box, which he, himself, created, a typical metaphysical twist. He described it as being much smaller inside than it had ever been before. His longtime companion was able to catch a glimpse of his unpredictable world. During this time, Clara sat back and watched as she learned that, as the doctor, she not only excelled but that she also enjoyed that life yet somehow felt that it was not “good” as was her world. She decides that, although she performed as well as the doctor would have, there was more to be learned and she had remorse for what had happened regarding those who were lost when they were trying to save the world.
The doctor, whom audiences have very much become accustomed to, is one who struggles to have a full understanding of the motives and state of mind human beings, yet still, somehow, in spite of this, he is always been genuinely compassionate toward those living on planet Earth and those existing outside of it. This episode, solidified by the view that the doctor is, in fact, not nearly as heartless as he has seemed within previous episodes. And with the twists and turns involved in this week’s episode, and the fact that Clara was able to view the doctor’s world from a more intimate perspective in this week’s cult-style thriller, all viewers were able to gain a better understanding of Doctor Who and the life he has been forced to lead.
Review by Bridgette Bryant
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