DOCTOR WHO (Modern Era) 8.04, (Classic Series) 34.04: “Listen”

listen01After going for laughs last week with “Robot of Sherwood,” show runner Steven Moffat went for chills with this week’s script – and he succeeded on a very primal level. For TV, this was a damn scary episode, with some excellent atmospherics as opposed to the usual gore seen on shows like THE WALKING DEAD or HANNIBAL. In this DOCTOR WHO universe, the scariest thing in the universe is… a bedspread?

The Doctor’s quest to discover if any creature has mastered perfect camouflage – and what such a being might want – leads to an unexpected visit to the Doctor’s childhood, where Clara again has a huge influence over his life, ironically implanting ideas about fear and “the promise” implicit in the Doctor’s name.
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Trailers for DOCTOR WHO’s ‘Listen’

The fourth episode in Peter Capaldi‘s debut season of DOCTOR WHO looks to be quite scary. Get ready to dive behind the sofa, kids!

Here is the BBC One “Next Time” Trailer:

And here is the BBC America version:

Finally, this is the BBC’s official synopsis of the story:

When ghosts of past and future crowd into their lives, the Doctor and Clara are thrown into an adventure that takes them to the very end of the universe. What happens when the Doctor is alone? And what scares the grand old man of Time and Space? Listen!

DOCTOR WHO airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

Promo Photos for DOCTOR WHO’s ‘Listen’

This collection of promotional photos for the DOCTOR WHO episode “Listen” come courtesy of BBC America, which will be airing the episode Saturday at 9 p.m.

The images feature Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara and Samuel Anderson as Danny:

 

But… Where Can I Look, Doctor?

So, my fellow DOCTOR WHO fans and I now have a big problem: Where are we allowed to look?

Ever since the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) warned us not to blink lest we be set upon by Weeping Angels, we have been keeping our eye wide open. But now the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is telling us, “Don’t. Look. ’round.” What terror awaits those who risk it…?

So I ask: precisely where are we to focus our optical receivers — straight ahead and nowhere else?

The next episode of DOCTOR WHO series 8, “Listen,” airs this Saturday at 9 o’clock on BBC America.