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October 25th, 2014 102 comments

What Did You Think of Forest Of The Night?

One morning, in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet.

Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived…

Now that the 10th episode of series 8 has been aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected…

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  • Dr Whom

    October 27th, 2014 - 3:02pm

    This episode started off well but there were so many elements that broke the connection I get with really good sci-fi. The fact that there were 0 people in London other than a school trip was one and the main one was the way the trees disappeared with a golden glitter effect at the end. I mean come on! Jenna is quite a good side-kick but she is given centre stage too much. Peter is one of the best Dr’s to date and needs to be the main focus. Jenna makes it all a bit too CBBC for my liking. I didn’t really like this episode for these reasons.

  • the astronaut of death

    October 27th, 2014 - 1:14pm

    what do you mean?

  • the astornuat of death

    October 27th, 2014 - 1:13pm

    i felt it was a good story but had a few mistakes

  • booboo

    October 27th, 2014 - 12:45pm

    that was part of the point of the episode I think, the solution was to do nothing.

  • anthem68

    October 27th, 2014 - 12:42pm

    Love it! Why couldn’t they think of this? What DID the Dr. do in this episode anyway???

  • Dalek The Supreme

    October 27th, 2014 - 12:40pm

    I don’t mind change, and even though Matt Smith was my Doctor, I was genuinely looking forward to Capaldi. However, while he’s not a terrible Doctor, he’s definitely one of the weakest, in my opinion. He’s a great actor, don’t get me wrong, but the character has been written inconsistently, the quality of the scripts changes drastically almost every other episode, and Listen made two interesting characters (the Doctor and Danny) and made them far less interesting. Danny hasn’t really left an impact, either. However, Clara has improved, sticking to a consistent character and her relationship with the Doctor is one of the highlights of the season.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    October 27th, 2014 - 12:35pm

    Personally, I was really excited for the Twelfth Doctor. My favorite was the Eleventh, so I had confidence in Moffat to do well writing his successor. I feel like I’ve been disappointed. The Twelfth Doctor has been horribly inconsistent up until Time Heist, the quality of the scripts seems to change drastically almost every other episode, and in Listen, the Doctor himself is made far less interesting. Clara has been much better handled here, though, and I can see an actual character for her here. Danny Pink had potential, but only ever left an impact in two episodes. One, he was barely shown, and the other was a complete let-down.
    While Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor had both a great performance and a consistent character, the Twelfth Doctor has only one of those, only halfway through the season sticking to a consistent character who I could describe for you in confidence. We were supposed to know who he was at the end of Into the Dalek, judging by the script, but the way he was written in Robot of Sherwood was terribly inconsistent, and he didn’t really fall into a consistent character until Kill the Moon.
    So far, this season has been really interesting, but really disappointing. Hopefully they’ll get better

  • Dalek The Supreme

    October 27th, 2014 - 12:24pm

    Actually, the kids in this episode were one of the few positives, in my opinion, and made far more of an impact than Courtney Wood.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    October 27th, 2014 - 12:20pm

    I was interested in the concept of this episode, but I think very little of the potential was used. One problem is all the trees appearing overnight. Even if they were consciously spreading, it would still take a lot longer. Besides, having the invasion going on for a week or more would have had me far more invested in the story. Danny Pink doesn’t do ANYTHING, and could have easily either been excluded, or given more to do. Another problem is that the premise is made far less interesting than Man VS Nature by having the trees suddenly being the saviors. The Doctor’s reaction to the kids was funny, and Clara was handled well, though. Still, it was a VERY disappointing episode, and I’d give it a 3/10.

    The next time trailer, though… Even if it isn’t good, it still looks interesting. I’m also interested in seeing how they handle the Cybermen, because in their last appearance as the primary threat of the episode (The severely underrated Nightmare in Silver), they were nearly unstoppable, and were only defeated by blowing up the planet. Obviously, they’re not going to blow up the Earth, but I’m interested in seeing how they’re handled.

  • paddy

    October 27th, 2014 - 11:17am

    Stop right there! I won’t hear a word against Hartnell! Actually I thought this was a good episode in a disappointing season. I was n’t too keen on Capaldi at first (Having had very high expectations) but in the last two episodes he has grown on me immensely.
    Incidentally has anyone heard a rumour that he may do an ‘Ecclestone’ and leave after one season?

  • Doctor Hugh

    October 27th, 2014 - 9:43am

    May I ask whatever happened to Flatline?

  • Whoever

    October 27th, 2014 - 8:50am

    The vegetation as a bio shield is an interesting and imaginative idea. But where was everyone? How come it was only Pink’s class out of the whole population of London? How come the only member of the public outside was one of the class mums? Really?!

  • mat518

    October 27th, 2014 - 2:56am

    We all love dr who, passionate about good sci fi. however I feel it would have been more readily accepted if the script went along the lines of:

    The earth instantly overnight covered in trees, the doctor realizes that they are NOT TREES at all but with investigation, an ancient sentinel bio life form that protects the earth from solar flares but looks like trees.

    The dr communicates with the life form and realizes that he needs to position the tardis in space to time direct most of the solar flare around the earth as the sentinel has not dealt with such a threat in 13 billion years and the earth may not survive.

    The Dr succeeds and saves the planet with the help of the sentinel, the tree like life form evaporates as it handles the residue radiation and all returns to normal. The sentinel rests until the next unlikely solar threat.

    The implausible within plausibility.
    The doctor saves the day

    What do you think?

  • anthem68

    October 27th, 2014 - 12:51am

    This episode summarizes the entire series: all of the pieces NOT adding up to an enjoyable engrossing entertaining empathetic story. It’s just not working. Last week’s “Flatline” had some of the old magic. I don’t think the viewer can latch on to any character and say “that’s my guy/ gal”. The Doctor can be as gruff as he wants, but he must let us in, too, or we can’t relate. And Clara and Mr. Pink… Who the heck can relate to these cardboard irritants? It’s gotten so bad, I’m hoping I can relate to Missy… Oh, and I wouldn’t be too optimistic about the last shows… Trailers can be edited to look really, really good… I’m hoping I’m wrong. And what if I am, and the last two episodes blow us all away? Does that redeem the entire series? Oh how I miss Doctors 9/10/11…

  • The Flying Shark

    October 26th, 2014 - 7:14pm

    I thought this episode was quite good, but the kids were annoying.

  • Harold Saxon

    October 26th, 2014 - 5:25pm

    Thought it was good.A simple tale,one of the lesser stories of this series but an okay story.


    October 26th, 2014 - 3:08pm

    Not at all what I was hoping for.It was ok but like a lot of this series, has been lacking something. The trailer for the finale looks epic and looks like wat the budget might have been saved for. When the young girl knocked on the tardis door and capaldis head popped out, for a moment he sounded like an early tom baker. I,m loving his doctor more as this series has progressed. Shame this season hasn,t had any instant classics. Hope dark water and death in heaven change that. Best so far ‘Mummy on the orient express’.

  • Dalek Smith

    October 26th, 2014 - 12:58pm

    Series 8 is still better than anything in the past three years, and Capaldi is hands down the best doctor of the new series. Matt Smith was more for the six year olds

  • Dalek Smith

    October 26th, 2014 - 12:49pm

    One for the direction and visuals really, 4/10
    Still, at least it wasn’t as bad as 3/4 of seasons 6 and 7

  • cyberman2

    October 26th, 2014 - 10:44am

    favourite ep is still flatline

  • cyberman2

    October 26th, 2014 - 10:41am

    i thought the ep was good but it felt more like a sarah jane adventures ep and the fire fly things reminded me of the fairy creatures from torch wood (when the creatures were small)

  • Charlie lowe

    October 26th, 2014 - 9:34am

    It was passable. But I think it was supposed to be bad because they knew it would have been overshadowed by the finale, also if they made one that was as good as say mummy on the orient express it could overshadow the finale or be forgotten.

  • gil

    October 26th, 2014 - 9:21am

    One of the worst episodes ever. A terrible script. A rubbish plot in which there was no need for the Doctor to be there. He was just an observer and did we really need the Little Red Riding Hood bit? I’m another one who won’t be buying the series and I have bought everything from 2005 until last year’s.

  • Dalekparadigm2

    October 26th, 2014 - 8:51am

    My Internet went down so I couldn’t post earlier bu here are my views on the episode. What a bunch of nonsense. That’s the first time ever watching Doctor Who that I got lost. It was all over the place. And to top it all off, it was in my favourite series so far. I can’t believe how tragic it was. Episode in a messed up nutshell:
    – lost girl
    – school trip
    – find girl
    – Nelson’s Column falls over.
    – WOLVES!
    – TIGER!
    – gone.
    – Lanternflies that talk
    – The world destroyed.
    – Oh no it isn’t
    – End
    – Smashing my face against a wall

  • Martha Noble

    October 26th, 2014 - 7:59am

    I agree with Sid Rat. We actually watched the episode together and both agreed that it was quite enjoyable but its not a great one.

  • Sid Rat

    October 26th, 2014 - 7:57am

    Wow R.Y.C.B.A.R, that’s critical!! I’ve been down on quite a few episodes in this series, which have left me disappointed, and I don’t like Capaldi as the Doctor – just doesn’t work for me, however you make me feel like the most positive DW fan in the Nethersphere!! Forest wasn’t a classic, but certainly not a disgrace, and the 2 episodes before – Flatline and Mummy were much better than some of the earlier episodes in the series.

  • Sid Rat

    October 26th, 2014 - 7:47am

    When I saw the trailer for next week’s episode, the Missy bits reminded me of the whole ‘Madame Kovarian / Amy Flesh’ thing.

  • Sid Rat

    October 26th, 2014 - 7:46am

    I think mat518’s comments, and the subsequent responses show that there are really mixed views about this series, whether it be the writing/storylines, the Doctor, Clara or whatever. At times this series I have been disappointed and at other times I have enjoyed watching. I have watched every episode with at least one other DW fan, and there have been times where we have agreed and times where we have disagreed. Anybody watching and taking the time to read this forum and post obviously cares about DW, whether they are enjoying this series or not. I just hope that some people involved with the show take the time to read comments on DW forums, and maybe take the fans’ views into account.

  • Sid Rat

    October 26th, 2014 - 7:33am

    I agree TheExtremeBlueTARDIS. I quite enjoyed this episode. Not a classic, but certainly way ahead of Robot of Sherwood and The Caretaker. Liked the concept of Forest Of The Night.

  • The Surgeon

    October 26th, 2014 - 7:21am

    The finale looks great, though!

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