Stars Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Ellis George
Airs Oct 4
But before we get to that particular conundrum, there’s the small question of HUGE FLIPPIN’ SPIDERS! ARGH!
Don’t worry, though, as they starting getting picked off by those HUGE FLIPPIN’ SPIDERS! ARGH! pretty quickly. It’s been a long time since Doctor Who has actually made my skin crawl. The scenes involving the little bastards, as I now call them, are astoundingly impressive and I would wager that more than a sofa will be needed to save the eyes and memories of the audience.
Director, and another new-to-Who chap, Paul Wilmshurst has adeptly shot these scenes to evoke the best (ie. scariest) reaction from the viewers. They are truly suspenseful and horror-packed; much more so than any story in many years. Both the design and realisation of the creatures are creepy and unsettling, and well utilised – I suspect a new generation of arachnophobics being created…
Elsewhere the CG work on the Moon is top notch (the moonbase, for example) whilst the location filming in Lanzarote has paid off immensely. The scenes on the Moon’s surface are beautiful, incredibly cinematic and aid the feel of the story superbly.
Also impressing greatly is actress Ellis George, who plays the aforementioned Courtney. Here, she gets some great stuff to get her teeth into from writer Peter Harness – from a fun and exciting opening to the incredible drama and dilemma faced later on. George was tremendous last week in The Caretaker and has now firmly marked her place in Who.
Hermione Norris, who plays the doomed captain (well, she’s in charge at any rate) of the expedition clocks in a very low-key performance. the suicidal nature of their gambit is portrayed in almost every word she speaks, softly and with some bitterness and almost detachment at times.
There are some pretty big questions raised here – why is the Moon causing so much havoc, what’s the matter with it? This mystery hangs heavy but when the solution comes – and one that is bonkers, brave and bewilderingly good – then Kill The Moon begins to ask different questions. Huge questions about life and the future (and its stability) which, again, I shan’t spoil but will linger on the mind of the viewer; just as much as as the HUGE FLIPPIN’ SPIDERS! ARGH! will, and those beautiful shots of the Moon and more.
Not only that, writer Harness leaves the pairing of The Doctor and Clara in such a predicament that you’ll be wondering just what’s in store for them both and how they can continue together. Capaldi and Coleman are on top form, fully giving life to the script and its emotions.
wow! Great review! its really better than Listen?
If Series 8 is able to pull off two Listen-calibre episodes I'll be very impressed. Of course watch for the AI rating to bottom out as the rank-and-file viewers don't seem to care for it, but we're enjoying some of the best Who in years.
wow! Great review! its really better than Listen?#
Of course Blogtor thinks it's better than Listen. That was a Moffat episode so how can he not? 😉
Still, I've heard very good things about Kill The Moon and if it is anywhere near as good as Listen, it will indeed be a 'classic'.
I can feel your energy from here in San Francisco! And I am excited!
anything would be better than "Listen"!
I'm hoping for really good things from this episode. The show's been coasting this season, enjoyable as it's been, and needs to really start raising its game to a new level now.
Paul Mount, sorry you feel that way, but I disagree entirely. For me, Series 7 was the show coasting. There was nothing really challenging for the writers, actors, or audience that season. Series 8 feels like everything is back to full capacity.
I'm looking forward to the three upcoming episodes. From what I've pieced together over the months is that all three are properly scary, and the premises of each sounds intriguing.
Spiders, it had to be spiders.