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The Twelfth Doctor meets the Teller
This is an episode by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat. It’s a pretty complex story as it has the Doctor and Clara trying to rob a bank. They have help with a cyborg and a shape-shifter to join them.
The episode begins with the TARDIS telephone ringing when the Doctor visits Clara at her flat. The Doctor picks up the phone and he and Clara soon end up in a strange room that’s on an alien planet.
They’re with two others, a cyborg named Psi and Pippa Bennet-Warner as Saibra. It transpires that the Doctor, Clara, Psi and Saibra have lost their meories and they have to rob the greatest bank ever.
How did these four lose their memories? Well, it’s all thanks to the memory worms. These little creatures first appeared in ‘Doctor Who’ in ‘The Snowmen’. It was a surprise to see the worms here.
When ordered by ‘the Architect’ to rob the Bank of Karabraxos, the Doctor’s gang have to go through with it to regain their memories. Can they avoid the dangers that face them in this adventure?
This story guest stars Keeley Hawes as the villainous Ms. Delphox. I’ve seen Keeley Hawes before in BBC productions of ‘Wives and Daughters’ and ‘Our Mutual Friend’ and she was also in ‘Ashes to Ashes’.
I enjoyed Keeley’s performance as Ms Delphox, as she’s so sassy, cool and cruel when dealing with ‘criminal’ activity inside the bank. Keeley also plays Madame Karabraxos, the executive of the bank.
Jonathan Bailey guest stars as Psi, the cyborg who is a hacker with an augmented brain. I liked Psi’s character, as he removed all memories of his family and friends in order to protect them from harm.
Pippa Bennett-Warner guest stars as Saibra, the shape-shifting mutant human. Saibra wants to be relieved of her mutant abilities, since she can change into any person she wishes to when in contact.
The monster for this episode is the Teller, a large telepathic humanoid creature with two eye stalks on its head. The Teller is impressive with an animatronic head and it seems so imposing when about.
But it turns out that the Teller may not be terrifying as it appears. Ms. Delphox has been using the Teller to do her dirty work in reading people’s minds and turn them into ‘soup’. But is the Teller evil?
Peter Capaldi is very good in this ‘Doctor Who’ episode. The Doctor is curious as to why he and Clara have seen on this mission by ‘the Architect’ to rob the bank and he does not some of the outcomes.
Capaldi’s Doctor works it out gradually during the episode, as he and his gang are given cases of special equipment by ‘the Architect’. He works out who ‘the Architect’ truly is and why they are there.
Jenna Coleman is lovely as Clara Oswald in this episode. Clara had in mind to go out on a date with Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink. She did not plan on robbing a bank with the Doctor in this episode.
I found it tense when Clara was having her mind being probed by the Teller who could almost kill her. I liked that Clara is the referee for the Doctor, Psi and Saibra when things start to go wrong here.
There’s an interesting moment during the episode where Psi downloads images of some of the galaxy’s notorious criminals. The images include a Terileptil and Captain John Hart from ‘Torchwood’.
‘Time Heist’ is one of those complicated episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ that you really need to pay attention to. I enjoyed watching it especially with Keeley Hawes’ performance as the villainess here.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of ‘The Complete Series 8’ of ‘Doctor Who’, there’s the ‘Time Heist’ – Doctor Who Extra’ featurette.
‘Time Heist’ rating – 8/10
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