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What Did You Think of Episode 6 The Caretaker

Now that the 6th episode of series 8 has been aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected…

The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity – but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor decides to go undercover.

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Series 8 of Doctor Who returns to UK TV screens on 23rd August, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara.

The series is set to open with a feature length episode titled “Deep Breath”.

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  • Anonymous

    September 29th, 2014 - 4:58pm

    for all the people who drone and drone on how they don’t like this series and they hate the writing

    go away you are ruining it for the rest of us

    you have been banging on about it about half a series now

    and I don’t know if you know this but know one is listening we are all just falling as sleep

    so you have nothing nice to say don’t say it at all.

  • Anonymous

    September 29th, 2014 - 4:47pm

    Shhhhh…there’s a good boy.

  • Anonymous

    September 29th, 2014 - 4:45pm

    Ah the Irony…yet another fan of the most famous time travelling show on the planet..firmly stuck in the past. If you don’t like it, quit moaning and turn to ITV…and STAY THERE.

  • Anonymous

    September 29th, 2014 - 4:42pm

    TS…don’t write so confidently when you say things like “once great but rapidly going down the drain”.

    You write it as if you are leading a popular view point. The vast majority of fans continue love the show so please don’t write on behalf of others. This is your opinion and the opinion of a largely unpopular minority…a vocal and crass minority. Stick to the forums and vent off with the others.

  • the astronaut of death

    September 29th, 2014 - 4:18pm

    well i dont know about you

    but i get a much more darker and classic feel from the show now

  • Tom

    September 29th, 2014 - 4:08pm

    Was really excited when Capaldi was cast as the doctor. Thought he was a brill choice but now I’m Getting angrier with every episode. I’ts not Capaldi it’s all down to Steven Moffat and a team of writers stuck in the Matt Smith era which wasn’t my cup of tea (too young). Doctor Who’s in real danger of losing it’s way like it did back in the eighties. Too much lame comedy as well, Capaldi needs be allowed to shine as the doctor. Change the writers please.

  • the astronaut of death

    September 29th, 2014 - 3:48pm

    yeah well that was almost 9 years ago

  • the astronaut of death

    September 29th, 2014 - 3:47pm

    come on stop moaning

    the epsiodes have been filmed wirtten sand aired

    and alot of people like them so it seems many people dont mind

  • the astronaut of death

    September 29th, 2014 - 3:45pm

    the people who have negative opinions say there opinion like a fact

    any way this was a good epsiode good monster good plot good doctor

    the poll speaks for it self

    so im afraid more people will diagree

  • christa

    September 29th, 2014 - 3:43pm

    Was ecstatic with capaldi as new doc. Think writers still doing storylines for matt tho.Needs less comedy lots less & more new scary monsters & more of the doc. Too much emphasis on clara. Its Dr Who not the Adventures of Clara. Was promised doc would be less user friendly. Capaldi has great potential & this is being wasted on poor storylines.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 29th, 2014 - 1:28pm

    Overall, I’m not impressed with this series so far. I can think of only two outstanding episodes (Deep Breath and Into the Dalek), but Robot of Sherwood, despite being incredibly funny, has terrible logic, Listen made Steven Moffat lose his place as my favorite Doctor Who writer, Time Heist was good up until they brought back the two characters we saw die and pulled the same, forced “monster-just-wants-to-find-its-lover” plot twist as Hide, only it was even MORE forced, and The Caretaker made the Twelfth Doctor even more unbearable than he’s been so far this season, gave us a completely nonthreatening monster, and the only upside was Clara developing. Also, we’re halfway through the series, and the central story arc has only been brought up three times, and the Doctor’s main character arc was shown twice, but forgotten by the third episode. Gone are the days, it seems, of Series 5, where every episode was leading into the finale. Please don’t think I’m only saying this because Matt Smith was my favorite, because I’m not. I was genuinely looking forward to Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. I just hate how he’s been written. I think Steven Moffat needs to step down and let someone else take over as head-writer next series.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 29th, 2014 - 1:18pm

    I’d say:

    1. Into the Dalek (9/10)
    2. Deep Breath (8/10)
    3. Time Heist (6/10)
    4. Robot of Sherwood (6/10)
    5. Listen (5/10)
    6. The Caretaker (4/10)

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 29th, 2014 - 1:15pm

    Actually, Doctor Who One, it was the Doctor moaning about Rose and ignoring pretty much everything Martha did up until the season finale where she got fed up and left.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 29th, 2014 - 1:12pm

    Very true, Doctor Who One. Too many people forget or blatantly ignore that “New Series” and “Classic Series” refer to different eras of ONE show.

  • Anonymous

    September 29th, 2014 - 10:46am

    Yes…I think the time has passed where we look at the BBC as the evil party who axed the show for no real reason. Although it hurts to say it, the real reason the show was axed is that is just wasn’t really very good anymore. That said, the ironic thing is that by the time the BBC did actually get around to axing it, the quality of stories had really started to improve…but too was too little, too late.

    Looking back, the BBC did us all a favour…although the show was off air far longer than it should have been, had it not been “rested”, we would not have the show we have today. As a viewer from 1978 onwards (and having watched every available episode of the show on DVD), the last 3 years or so have been, in my opinion, the best in the show’s history. The great thing is…for those who don’t like it as it is today….there are DVDs of the older stuff, whether it be the 60s, 70s, 80’s, 90s or even the 9th and 10 Doctor eras….but I’m not looking back…I’m just enjoying the ride just like I did when I was a kid despite my uncles telling me the show wasn’t as good as it used to be…you see, even in the 70s you had fans that weren’t able to accept change 🙂

  • Mels

    September 29th, 2014 - 10:08am

    I agree with both of you. The first episode was pretty good (even though they seemed to spend most of it trying to justify the choice of Capaldi), and the Doctor seemed a little quirkier, energetic and likable in that first episode.
    From episode 2 though, it’s like the whole tone just shifted, and the Doctor sort of just became ‘some guy’ rather than the enigmatic Time Lord we have grown to love. I’m finding Clara far more interesting that the Doctor in this season… and that’s worrying. Capaldi is a great actor, but I agree the characterisation just doesn’t play to his strengths.
    I also don’t understand why they seem to put at least one gruesome event or murder into nearly every episode… it just seems unnecessary brutal and jarring – disturbing rather than scary.

  • Oncoming Storm 2

    September 29th, 2014 - 4:43am

    Well I have pretty well been disappointed with
    What I have seen in this series. This episode
    However was a bit better. No P0nds 2.
    Monster was rubbish. Glorified Dalek
    in a wheelchair. However, as to the Danny Pink
    character, I quote Mary Watson:” I like him..”

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 29th, 2014 - 4:12am

    I can see where they WANT to go with Capaldi’s Doctor, but it’s like half the time they’re not even trying to go there with him. I don’t mind him being more distant and detached after four (five, counting John Hurt) emotional, more sentimental Doctors, but only as a front so his enemies won’t take advantage of his friendships with humans, like they did with the Fourth Doctor. Here, he comes across as a grumpy old man who doesn’t care, so it doesn’t make sense for him to be trying to save the Earth if he doesn’t care. Another problem is that most of the character’s ‘comedic’ moments come from scenes that look like they were written for the Eleventh Doctor, and while they almost certainly would have worked for Matt Smith, they don’t suit Peter Capaldi’s Doctor at all. At this rate, he’s more unbearable than the Season 22 Sixth Doctor. Don’t get me wrong, I think Peter Capaldi is a terrific actor, and even though he’s the replacement for my favorite Doctor, I defended him against the people who said he was too old or wasn’t right for the part. The problem is Steven Moffat. The superb writing he gave us from The Empty Child to A Good Man Goes To War seems to be gone. Although he’s written a few good stories, the only story I could consider TRULY great is The Day of the Doctor. I think the Twelfth Doctor COULD work, he just needs a different head writer.

  • Pepperkinpye

    September 29th, 2014 - 2:53am

    It’s like they’re trying too hard. Capaldi needs to be dark, brooding, brilliant. They’ve got him chasing after Clara! Please. I want to watch a genius Dr Who at work, not the ongoing love angst of his companion.

  • AnyoneButRory

    September 29th, 2014 - 1:26am

    Really, I just dont understand what Moffat is trying to do with the new Doctor. Every episode gives me another reason to dislike him, and this one just piled on a few more.

    In this episode, he is gruff. He is rude. He is forgetful to the point of almost being ill (the bit about him not being able to retain that Mr. Pink is a Math teacher? What is with that?). He is clueless – not figuring out that Pink is the boyfriend. He hates humans. And he struggles quite hard to defeat a pretty lame alien.

    Can anyone find even a single redeeming attribute for him here?

    I’m hoping he decides soon to become a “good man” and all of this nonsense ends. I dont mind some seriousness – especially after the manic silliness of Matt Smith. But I want to like my Doctor. I dont like Capaldi, not one bit.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 28th, 2014 - 11:04pm

    Considering Doctor Who is a family show, I don’t particularly mind children on the TARDIS, as, if done properly, it can be used to connect with young viewers.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 28th, 2014 - 11:03pm

    This episode is kind of… not very good. Once again, the writers have forgotten that Peter Capaldi is playing the Twelfth Doctor, not the Eleventh, the monster does very little and doesn’t look threatening at all, with it’s chubby belly, stubby arms, and big eyes. It looks adorable. Also, what was the point of that one girl the Doctor thought was named “Disruptive Influence”? Is she going to be travelling on the TARDIS? If so, why doesn’t she get any development in her debut episode? And the Doctor thinks humans are boring now??? Just about every other incarnation of the Doctor (except the First) has found humans to be the most interesting creatures in the universe. That feels incredibly out of character.
    However, Clara’s development here was good. She’s finally facing the consequences of lying to both the Doctor and Danny. Danny Pink was very good here, and has regained SOME of my interest after losing it all in Listen. My favorite scene of the episode is when he talks to Clara about what kind of man the Doctor is. Even still, his confrontation with the Doctor in the TARDIS was way over the top. I did like how he thought Clara’s boyfriend was the guy who looked like the Eleventh Doctor, though. We’ve finally returned to the central story arc after a three episode break, which is good. I feel like Moffat’s going to have to treat carefully here, though, since using the afterlife could potentially alienate fans who are religious if he doesn’t tread carefully. It is also severely disappointing to see that the Doctor’s character arc, him trying to figure out if he’s a good man or not, hasn’t been brought up for four episodes. This episode earns 4/10 from me.

  • Anonymous

    September 28th, 2014 - 10:54pm

    It’s what I think he is. U never know. 🙂

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 28th, 2014 - 10:47pm

    In my opinion, the relationships between the Tenth Doctor and his companions felt more like a soap. To be honest, there was more focus on story arcs and who the Doctor is, as well his influence on the universe in the Eleventh Doctor’s era.

  • skaroman

    September 28th, 2014 - 10:46pm

    Peter Capaldi – Yes
    Clara Oswald – Yes
    Danny Pink – Yes
    Monster – Hmm…
    Steven Moffat – NO!!!

    Plus, why does the Doctor start randomly taking disruptive students in the TARDIS??? I just think that child actors on Doctor Who are terrible.

  • Doctor Stu

    September 28th, 2014 - 9:10pm

    Just watched the full episode and I loved it the comedy wasn’t really childish and it made everyone laugh, miss pickwell showed her face again, the monster was great I thought however I think the invisible watch was just a useful plot device as that watch could have been very useful in just about every doctor who episode ever tbh

  • kevin

    September 28th, 2014 - 8:53pm

    Personally I really enjoyed this episode, I still find it difficult as to why so many dislike Clara & even Peter Capaldi’s portrayal of The Doctor, lets not forget the character is an alien and therefore will behave like one & about time to. But one final comment on The Caretaker, where was Ian Chesterton’s even cameo appearance, would have loved him just to walk into the caretakers room & seeing the Police Box


    September 28th, 2014 - 8:49pm

    I think it was a problem as she was just a plot device, which affected her quite a lot, as we hardly knew her, and she was willing to die for practically a stranger


    September 28th, 2014 - 8:46pm

    I just think her having a boyfriend is a re run of Mickey N Rose, whom the Doctor doesn’t approve of
    Maybe the episode wouldn’t have worked with Smith, but I do think for a new doctor who doesn’t know whether he is a good man, this was just totally incorrect and focusing too much on Clara, who hasn’t been round for long

  • the astroanut of death

    September 28th, 2014 - 8:29pm

    the reason the show was axed was due to a list of thing

    1. the writing – the writing had start to go down hill the 80s the stories were not as good and the b b c new that

    2.the ratings – the ratings got realy low towards the end of the show this was due to the stories and doctor had been put on so it would clash with corrie

    3. the budget – the writers of doctor who even said stories were getting worst due to budget cuts so scenes had to be cut and reduced

    but the main thing is the ratings all shows rely on ratings

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