Another episode into the season, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that there is very little for me to talk about in these episodes. No one will ever accuse me of being a professional television recapper, that’s for sure. But I have a little over 100 more reviews to write, so I’m gonna squeeze them in however I can. And today’s squeeze is the fourth episode of the revamped Doctor Who‘s eighth season, titled “Listen.”
In the third episode of Doctor Who‘s eighth series, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) goes somewhere that I’m sure he’s been before in the 50 year history: the company of a fictional character. In this case, Clara (Jenna Coleman), the Doctor’s companion, expresses a desire to meet the charming hero of Nottingham, Robin Hood (Tom Riley), despite the fact that he may not be entirely real. Nonetheless, when the two arrive in medieval England, they are immediately met by the goateed archer in green, and all the trials and tribulations he brings along.
Like any good 21st century nerd, I have an affinity for the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who. The 50+ year old television program has been shipped to our American shores since the days of Tom Baker on PBS, but when Russell T. Davies rebooted the series in 2005, that’s when it really took off in the US. We’ve gone through three Doctors since then, and now we stand at the dawn of a new era, as Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, In the Loop) steps into the TARDIS for the first time. We got our first look at the Twelfth Doctor in the eighth series (they call them “series” instead of seasons across the pond) premiere, “Deep Breath.”