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What Did You Think of Heaven Sent ?

Now that the highly anticipated eleventh episode of series 9 has been aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected.




  • Doyouhearthem?

    November 30th, 2015 - 9:19pm

    When absolutely every frame is gorgeous. When you could write a book about every line. When everything you think you know is challenged and you don’t feel safe even though you’re nearly a grown-up.
    That’s when you know you’re watching Doctor Who.

    • oliver

      December 5th, 2015 - 6:25pm

      Love this comment, really speaks to me

  • Anonymous

    November 30th, 2015 - 4:53pm

    CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS WEEK’S EPISODE OF DOCTOR WHO HELL BENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    November 30th, 2015 - 4:50pm

    The Doctor doesn’t regenerate in Hell Bent!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rod Kettlewell

    November 30th, 2015 - 12:41pm

    I have been a doctor who fan since 1960s and have watched all series however I find the latest series being to returning overlapping and hard to follow
    First time I have swapped onto other channels the world is complicated now don’t over complicate an easy to follow program


    November 30th, 2015 - 8:08am

    5 days to go before Gallifrey and it’s people are finally freed from the parallel pocket universe and back where it belongs in the constellation of Kasterborous.


    • The Moffat Paradox

      November 30th, 2015 - 9:07pm

      Well we’ve still to see how this exactly plays out into the Christmas special and series 10.

    • mick181

      December 1st, 2015 - 12:05am

      I don’t think it will link into the xmas special at all or too season 10. I think with River involved it will be a stand alone episode. I think they have got it right making River a special guest and not a full time cast member. I like River but in small doses, i think the number of episodes she has done is about right.

  • Missy’s Daughter

    November 30th, 2015 - 2:07am

    My episode list:

    1. The Magician’s Apprentice.
    2. The Witches Familiar.
    3. Face the Raven.
    4. Heaven Sent.
    5. Under the Lake.
    6. Before the Flood.
    7. The Zygon Invasion
    8. The Zygon Inversion.
    9. Girl Who Died.
    10. Woman Who Lived.

    I dont count sleep no more cus as far as im concerned, wasnt dr who, it was terrible

    • starshipalaska

      November 30th, 2015 - 4:36pm

      Going a bit far not to even rank it lol.

    • Anonymous

      November 30th, 2015 - 4:50pm

      Sleep no more was a Doctor Who episode

    • Peking Homunculus

      November 30th, 2015 - 5:50pm

      Interesting, i would have put sleep no more right below Heaven Sent, which I would have put at the top.

    • mccoys umbrella

      December 5th, 2015 - 6:28pm

      I agree with Missy’s Daughter, i dont count sleep no more as doctor who either. Im probably a minority that didnt like it, but there u go

  • Lord President

    November 29th, 2015 - 10:55pm

    My dad and I watched this on Saturday and as we are both avid Doctor Who fans, we understood what was happening and thought it was really good and interesting!!! I sat down with my mom (who isn’t a fan) to watch it this morning, and I had to pause it every two minutes to explain it to her! I suppose my dad and I are just used to Moffat’s style of writing!

    • oliver

      November 30th, 2015 - 2:00am

      Lol. That explains my mum 100%

  • princebenjibella

    November 29th, 2015 - 10:51pm

    If Steven Moffatt loves Doctor Who much as he proclaims then he should do the right thing and quit, let someone with fresh ideas and a bit more understanding of what makes Doctor Who work. For me the show has been steadily going downhill since he took over, only Matt Smiths obvious joy and enthusiasm for the part papered over the cracks. I think Peter Capaldi could be fantastic, he has the look, the ability and can be riveting to watch but is in danger of becoming Nu Whos equivalent of Colin Baker. A fine actor brought down by lousy storytelling and a general apathy that seems to be creeping back into the production. The signs are there in the viewing figures,if the way we watch television is changing so much,why are the figures only falling for Doctor Who while most of the rubbish put out on Saturday night is holding steady. As a fan of Doctor Who for 47 years, I feel l have been here before and am worried that without a massive shake up, hiatus beckons again.


      November 29th, 2015 - 11:40pm

      Well said.

    • Anonymous

      November 30th, 2015 - 1:03pm

      I disagree, this run has been hit with changing start times rugby World Cup and other one off events. The numbers are constant based on reruns and downloads. The other Saturday night show are not steady- ask mr cowell who could be replaced by the voice very shortly.

      I don’t think capaldi will be seen as baker-like at all. The doctor is always evolving, always in a state of flux. He will have darker times, we would too if we lived that long and seen so much. Smith only grew into the role in the last 2 seasons when the flimsiness was toned down. The reviews the season and capaldi have had this year have been the best ever. I guess it’s hard to please people all the time.

      I agree with one thing though- the bbc should produce the show on a platform similar to Netflix. Drw would be a core pillar of that initiative.

    • Anonymous

      November 30th, 2015 - 3:45pm

      the good thing about steven moffat is that….he aint afraid to go big

    • Peking Homunculus

      November 30th, 2015 - 5:53pm

      Yeah, I’ve liked this season a lot more than most of the people on this site seem to.

  • Jordan Scott

    November 29th, 2015 - 10:48pm

    It was a really good episode, but not as fantastic as people are making it out to be. Peter Capaldi’s performance was brilliant but I found the episoee to get quite boring near the end, until Gallery showed up – which I excepted but it is great to see it back again! The next time trailer and BBC TV trailer are both fantastic and look really promising, I personally think that people are just really excited for the next episode with Gallifrey being back, so that’s why this one is getting so much praise!

  • Anonymous

    November 29th, 2015 - 9:08pm

    My episodes

    Zygon inversion
    Zygon Invasion
    face the raven
    heaven sent
    witches familiar
    Under the lake
    before the flood
    magicians apprentice
    girl who died
    women who lived
    sleep no more

  • Anonymous

    November 29th, 2015 - 3:48pm

    Alshidr is the Doctor`s mother , and he became a hybrid, as she is immortal and wanted to have immortal kin and man by herself.

    • Anonymous

      November 29th, 2015 - 4:03pm

      The Doctor is not the hybrid. He said “The Hybrid is Me” “Me” is the name that Ashildr calls her self. She is half Viking and half Mire…a hybrid of 2 warrior races.

      Ashildr/Me is not the Doctor’s mother nor is she Clara or River.


      November 29th, 2015 - 4:16pm

      also some of us only read the recent comments. So its always nice to hear an updated response rather than going through all the other stuff, so now I get the ashildr connection now.

    • GallifreyanKnight

      November 30th, 2015 - 7:48am

      “Alshidr is the Doctor`s mother , and he became a hybrid, as she is immortal and wanted to have immortal kin and man by herself.”


    • Anonymous

      November 30th, 2015 - 9:58am

      That’d be interesting! The Doctor did say he was half human on his m

    • Anonymous

      November 30th, 2015 - 10:00am

      …mother’s side, and Ashildr/Me is technically human, but she just lives supposedly forever!

  • mick181

    November 29th, 2015 - 3:46pm

    I recently watched a episode from the old days of DR who with Peter Davisons Doctor and Teagen & Adric it was absolutely dreadfull and a reminder of why i stoped watching after Tom Baker. So don’t whinge about Capaldi & Moffatt it could be far far worse.

    • Anonymous

      November 29th, 2015 - 4:04pm

      Yep…I grew up with that dross haha.

    • Obsie

      November 29th, 2015 - 4:48pm

      I can empathise and find comfort in the pair of you with that, lol.

    • JellyBaby100

      November 29th, 2015 - 10:21pm

      You can’t really dismiss an entire era based on one episode, maybe you watched Time-Flight or Terminus, if you’d watched the Caves of Androzani or Earthshock it might be a different story… literally.

    • MaxP

      November 29th, 2015 - 11:31pm

      Ok you can have stories where the Brig is resurrected as a Cyberman and the doctor gets out of fixes simply because he comes back in time and helps himself. Sure.

    • mick181

      December 1st, 2015 - 12:11am

      I have no trouble writing of that entire era because the most annoying cast member in the history of DR Who was involved. Who ever decided a whining, whinging Teagen with an atrocious Aussie accent was a good idea needs shooting.
      PS l am an Aussie by the way.


      December 1st, 2015 - 11:51am

      I too used to cringe at the style of acting and the ‘special effects’ when these were transmitted. Its the 1980s, its what they had to work with, the sort of dialogue and production values were given of the time. We,ve come a long way since then. Maybe if you look at the stories from a positive perspective you can always find things to enjoy. Iused to hate timeflight warriors of the deep etc.. but now i watch them and wonder what they were trying to achieve given the limited time they had on studio floor. Yes they cocked up and theres no turning back but even now they don,t always get things right. Incidentally Janet Fielding is an australian actress.


    November 29th, 2015 - 3:09pm

    Hey wait a second, I’ve just had a thought !!.

    The Doctor said “the Hybrid is me!”.

    But what if he was not referring to himself ! . . . . what if he was referring to ‘Me’ as in ASHILDER !!.

    Couldn’t see why not, since she is in ‘Hell Bent’.

    Maybe having the Doctor say ‘the Hybrid is me’ is ment to throw us off, making us think his talking about himself when his actually talking about Ashilder.

    • JC Whovian

      November 29th, 2015 - 3:29pm

      Good thinking!

    • Anonymous

      November 29th, 2015 - 3:34pm

      Your a bit slow, it’s already been discussed on this site.


      November 29th, 2015 - 3:39pm

      In fairness Anonymous, I’ve gone not and read every single comment on here.

      Also, why can’t you use a proper username ?. It bugs me every time I come on here.

    • mick181

      November 29th, 2015 - 3:50pm

      Using a new tablet instead of my old PC and forgot to put my user name in, my apologies
      Mick 181


      November 29th, 2015 - 4:00pm

      Oh, so your not that Anonymous then ?, cos someone on here keeps calling themselves that, and it is so annoying because Anonymous really is not a proper actual username.

      Whoever the real Anonymous is, I do wish he or she would use a proper username like everyone else on here.

    • Anonymous

      November 29th, 2015 - 4:10pm

      Haha…I think there is nore than just one person who exercises their right to stay anonymous. For example, I always protect my identiy because how others can react to opinions…but I didnt leave the above comment. But rest assured, you’re not the only one who posts before they read – that topic has been raised by several people who dont realise its already been discussed.


      November 29th, 2015 - 4:33pm

      Protect your identity ?. You don’t have to use an actual picture of yourself or your real name you know.

      You can call yourself by a proper username and use an icon of anything other then a picture of yourself, and still be anonymous, but at least be known online by an icon and username.

      Back in the days when I was on YouTube, I only knew some fellow Doctor Who fan’s by their username and icon, even if I never knew their actual name or what they looked like, at least they was not referring to themselves as Anonymous.

      Please try at least to use a proper username and an icon. The icon don’t have to be a picture of you off course.

  • doctor no more

    November 29th, 2015 - 2:14pm

    i along with my family must be watching something different to other people who comment here,we thought this episode was rubbish.the bbc must have spent their budget because the sets are getting more cheap and wooden every week.capaldi may be a fine actor in other things he’s done, but as the doctor hes rubbish.but to be fair he can only work with the writing and direction hes given which is very poor compared to the last 3 doctors.even the usually fantastic murrey gold seems to have lost hope as the music has lost all its soul and has no depth.let us hope the regeneration next week is moffet lol.

    • Doctor Stu

      November 29th, 2015 - 2:29pm

      I think the episode was good, it made sense, it fit into the overall story arc and was about showing the doctors fears and we were supposed to be watching him grieve over Clara, going into his mind and thought processes but everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Next weeks looks good though

    • Anonymous

      November 29th, 2015 - 2:52pm

      Yeah…you must have been watching something different πŸ˜‰

    • Anonymous

      November 29th, 2015 - 2:57pm

      Don’t understand the minority of fans who want shot of Moffat. Do we really want to go back to the days of the Slitheen and soap opera story lines. Give me Moffats complex plots and growing mythology any day. A writer with real imagination. Mind you DWs are never happy and always think they could do better.

    • The Werewolf

      November 29th, 2015 - 6:34pm

      Most of the Moffat thinks his plots are much cleverer than they are. I also like the Slitheen.

      Though I did like this episode, especially towards the end.


    November 29th, 2015 - 2:10pm

    Where was the Weeping Angel in the next week trailer?

    • Doctor Stu

      November 29th, 2015 - 2:30pm

      It wasn’t in the next time trailer it was in the BBC TV trailer

    • Obsie

      November 29th, 2015 - 4:54pm

      Yes they were, but with cobweb strands attached to them; question are the linked to the “old times” on Gallifrey. Possibly not, but even on the Time Lord’s planet lay threats, and not from just the Doctor’s own kind.


    November 29th, 2015 - 1:56pm

    I thought the plot meandered a little to start with but it finally made circular sense the last 10 minutes, a jigsaw collection of clues to piece together.. Alright I understand the doctor is the hybrid but can someone explain what the confessional dial has to do with this terrible secret the doctor is keeping and was the veil using up the doctors regenerations each time he fought his way through that block of ice, I only ask because the trailer teases that someone is using regeneration energy in that device on gallifrey. lost the plot and slightly confused.

  • JC Whovian

    November 29th, 2015 - 1:47pm

    Ratings so far-

    1. The magician’s apprentice/The witch’s familiar_8/10
    2. Under the lake/Before the flood_8/10
    3. The girl who died_3/10
    4. The woman who lived_1/10
    5. The Zygon invasion/The Zygon inversion_7/10
    6. Sleep no more_7/10
    7. Face the raven_7.5/10
    8. Heaven sent_8/10

  • 47

    November 29th, 2015 - 11:20am

    It was a pretty good episode, no more, no less. Peter Capaldi is continuously the best thing about the show in general, and this season has been, for me, the best overall for years. I do find Moffat stories a tad over self-indulgent; his Doctor has to have the biggest stories, threads and trials, his companions have to be the centre of the universe – a 2 billion year lament to Clara was tiresome -there was a couple of poignant lines that were excellent around her death, and the fact that she wasn’t there, the rest, why couldn’t the Doctor just talk to himself -ala Moonbase or Tom Baker ? I didn’t mind the Doctor going ‘in to his Tardis’ to show how he resolved the problems, it was similar to the Sherlock Holmes movies w/ Robert Downey JR as to how Holmes pre-visualises to work things out in advance. In this ep, the Doctor punching his way through a wall for 2 billion years did suspend my abilities to believe for a while, obviously the wall doesn’t re-set itself like the rest. I didn’t mind the concept of the episode, as to being inside the confession dial – potentially trapped in Eternity. Sometimes it felt forced, albeit part of the season thread, and integral to this story to contradict ! The episode did have a good amount of drama and atmosphere. So, I will close as I started; Peter Capaldi is the best thing in the show/series.

    • ThemadDalek

      November 29th, 2015 - 11:51am

      Why punch? he had a shovel…

    • Anonymous

      November 29th, 2015 - 12:49pm

      The way I followed it, the wall did reset every time but the doctor was just able to get slightly further each time
      Eg. When he first arrived in the castle straight after the events of FTR the veil may have killed the doctor immediately and the doctor got further and further each time

    • 47

      November 29th, 2015 - 1:09pm

      Then his hand would have shattered.

    • mick181

      November 30th, 2015 - 9:07pm

      No I’m fairly sure the wall wasn’t resetting, as the years rolled on the wall where the Doctor was punching got thinner and thinner and the Doctor was saying more & more as the Veil approached.

  • Exterminator

    November 29th, 2015 - 11:15am

    Peter Capaldi’s finest hour, I loved it.

    Looking forward to next week, I hope Missy returns as I’m dying to know what her ‘idea’ was when captured by the Daleks on Skaro.

    • skaroman

      November 29th, 2015 - 4:48pm

      More like Peter Capaldi’s finest 55 minutes!

  • matfav518

    November 29th, 2015 - 11:04am

    Capaldi goes from strength to strength. Excellent episode. loved it. Sorry to see Coleman go. Thought she was a great counterbalance to the doctors character.

  • whorules

    November 29th, 2015 - 11:04am

    remember rusty? “you are a good dalek.”

  • CJ

    November 29th, 2015 - 10:15am

    I know the Doctor said “the hybrid is me” to which he might of been referring to Ashildr who also calls herself Me but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Doctor was referring himself to him actually being the hybrid, anyway I can’t wait for next week! πŸ˜€

    • A

      November 29th, 2015 - 10:43am

      … might’VE been referring to Ashildr, I agree, but I also think the Doctor could be the Hybrid too. The assumption has been the Hybrid is genetically a merger of warrior races but it could be a state of mind. The Doctor has been fighting so many warrior races for so long it could be said he understands their tactics better than anyone.

  • Justyn

    November 29th, 2015 - 10:13am

    I really enjoyed this episode and great acting from Mr Capaldi.One thing bugging me is the bit where he says by running from one side of the castle to the other he can live for another 82 minutes.Well when he said that there was approx 18 minutes left of the episode,add 18 to next weeks episode and it is 82!maybe it is a red herring or maybe means something.

    • starshipalaska

      November 29th, 2015 - 11:16am

      Wow, you have really thought about this. Good work!

    • A

      December 4th, 2015 - 8:42pm

      Just re-watching face the raven & the Doctor said “remember 82” to the random child when searching for the trap street. Coincidence? Maybe…
      If not, then what could it mean? It’s a bit late in the series for as clue but are FTR & HS the only times this number has come up? I feel a series binge watch coming on. Okay, that was probably going to happen before ep 12 anyway.

  • Tim M

    November 29th, 2015 - 10:07am

    BRILLIANT! A stunning episode with an astonishing performance by Peter Capaldi! This series has certainly felt the inspiration of the Tom Baker/Phillip Hinchcliff era about it. And why not…that era was one of the truly golden era’s of Doctor Who. At times during ‘Heaven Sent’, Capaldi even sounded at times like Tom Baker! And WHAT a cliffhanger…The Doctor IS the hybrid! In ‘Hell Bent’ I don’t know how much this will eat away at the mystery of why the Doctor is Who…We sill need some of his past shrouded in mystery…otherwise series ten might as well be called simply ‘The Doctor’.

  • Giles Kent

    November 29th, 2015 - 9:51am

    By far the best episode of the new series, and the closest to a bonafide Tom Baker Episode post JNT.
    Capaldi is a fantastic actor and probably the only one of the new breed (excluding John Hurt) to pull this off.
    Clever, intelligent and poignant and I am not surprised some people who like their “WHO” one dimensional didn’t like it .
    Well worth repeat watching and bound to be an all time classic.

  • MrHaloWho

    November 29th, 2015 - 9:26am

    I hated it. It was probably the most pointless episode I’ve seen. It had no story, the monster wasn’t great, the Maze Runner thing got boring, and Clara was in it, even more than when she was alive! I got really bored up until the last couple of minutes, and it was only the Next Time trailer that had me excited.

    • Olga

      November 29th, 2015 - 9:34am

      Even though I really liked the episode, I can see your point there. For me it was way more exciting than “The girl who died” and “The woman who lived”, and definitely more interesting that “Sleep no more.” It wasn’t focused on action but more on what’s going on inside of us. The monster wasn’t that great because the Doctor had to face the other monster – himself and fear that “makes companions of us all.”

  • CG

    November 29th, 2015 - 9:09am

    Loved the episode, the end must have been one of the best “cliffhanger” type things ever! Being back on Gallifrey really was awesome and sent shivers down my spine. Looking forward to the next episode as it seems to feel as if it is going to be a Classic Doctor Who episode on Gallifrey.
    Can someone please explain to me the hybrid though? Is it the Doctor or not?

    • mark Belsom

      November 29th, 2015 - 11:55am

      Your guess is as good as ours.


    November 29th, 2015 - 7:58am

    To the tune of ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen –

    Thump Thump Thump
    Thump Thump Thump




    November 29th, 2015 - 7:08am

    So the Doctor is the hybrid ? . . well, he did say in the TV Movie that “I’m half human, on my mothers side’, so it should not be that shocking really.

    The problem I have with the ending is the Doctor’s reaction to being back on Gallifrey finally. He acted as if he’d only been away from the planet for a while, instead of being stone dead gobsmacked with his jaw wide open hitting the sand below his feet looking at the Citadel in front of him !!.

    I’m confused thou about one thing, is Gallifrey still in the parallel pocket universe ?, because the Doctor told Davros in ‘The Witch’s Familiar’ that Gallifrey is back in the sky, but I thought he was just lying to him, and to me, they are still in that universe, and it’s now up to the Doctor to bring his home and people out of it and restore it back to the real universe where it belongs, in the constellation of Kasterborus !! πŸ˜€

  • Alex Who?

    November 29th, 2015 - 3:22am

    Great Episode! Can’t wait til next week. Besides Sleep No More, a very strong season for the 12th Doctor.


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