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The Caretaker

ShowDoctor Who / Series VIII / Episode 6
First Broadcast2014/09/28 - 19:40 (Link: ABC Details)
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We begin with Clara struggling to maintain her double life as a teacher and a time traveller. The latter is breaking through into the former making it hard for her to keep up. She's also keeping the latter secret from Danny.

Her two lives are forced to overlap explicitly when the Doctor goes into "deep cover" at Coal Hill school. We discover the Doctor is tracking a dangerous robot called a Skovox Blitzer. Danny, becoming suspicious of the Doctor, gets involved, initially making the situation worse, before helping save the day at the end.

The Doctor and Danny do not get on. The Doctor doesn't like soldiers and repeatedly refers to Danny as P.E., not believing a solider could be a maths teacher. Danny doesn't like officers and the way they give orders and fail to get their hands dirty. The two exchange heated words. In the end, they seem to come to terms with the situation. The Doctor wants to ensure Danny is good enough for Clara and Danny wants to keep Clara safe.

The episode concludes with a brief appearance of the Nethersphere and Missy. Still no clear hints as to what this is about.

Episode highlight: the Doctor whistling a few bars from Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) by Pink Floyd.