Doctor Who Review: Time Travel Makes Bank Robbing Easy

Elizabeth Harper | 21 Sep 2014 03:30
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Time Heist makes us wonder why Doctor Who hasn't tried to rob a bank before.

From the title alone, you have an idea of what you're getting into with Time Heist, which throws all of the classic heist movie tropes into a single Doctor Who episode. Though leaning on tropes isn't always a good thing, the end result here was a great blend Doctor Who's trademark sci-fi with classic heist movie style. This episode was fun to watch and had just enough twists to keep the audience guessing until the end -- and unlike some of showrunner Steven Moffat's cleverer plot twists, this story felt like it made perfect sense once you reached the end.

If you want to tune in yourself, you can can new episodes of Doctor Who on Saturday nights on BBC America -- though cord-cutters will have to pick up the current season on iTunes or Amazon Instant. If you want to catch up on earlier seasons, they can be found on both Netflix and Hulu.

To get you up to speed, in the last episode we saw:

  • The Doctor going on a wild goose chase for the mythical monster under the bed. At the close of the episode, it's still hard to say if it ever really existed.
  • Clara meeting young version of Danny Pink and a young version of the Doctor, which works out well because she's great with kids... though it might twist up the future a bit.
  • Clara going on a first, disastrous date with Danny Pink, which she then tries to fix with time travel... only to make it worse. Oops.
  • By the end of the episode, Clara and Danny have a steady thing going, and keeping up appearances with Danny is going to complicate Clara's time traveling side-gig.

As we start this episode, we see the Doctor attempting to sweep Clara away for some fun while she's getting ready for a date with Danny... and since this is an episode of Doctor Who, that means her date is being put on hold so the two of them can save the day. Sort of.

For those of you who have watched (or don't mind spoilers), read on for more about the fifth episode of season 8, Time Heist.

After getting a phone call on the TARDIS, the Doctor and Clara find themselves in an unfamiliar room with two strangers and no memory of how they've gotten there -- or of anything since the Doctor picked up the phone. Their companions are computer guy Psi and shapeshifter Saibra, and their mission -- as explained in a video by a hooded figure who calls himself the Architect -- is to rob the Bank of Karabraxos.

Now, bank robbery seems like an easy job for a time traveller like the Doctor, who could just materialize inside the average bank vault, take what he wanted, and then go on. But our gang of misfits is starting out inside the bank and the TARDIS is, unfortunately, nowhere in sight. What's a would-be bank-robber to do but carry on?

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