October 28, 2014
It's that tone that, in my opinion, completely sinks In the Forest of the Night.
Now to be fair, the episode is shot and directed very well - several of the shots really help connote a mood, but on the writing end....this really didn't work.
In all fairness - the writer has written primiarily children's books, and so it has some of that quality to it. The writing works as if Who were a show geared primarily towards children rather than a family - hence the wacky gang of kids, the slightly loopy humor, the lack of conflict....
But where the episode fails is in....well, it's trying to be a let's-end-the-season's-strands-before-the-finale episode, and it doesn't work. It's pretty much an episode where things happen.....and the Doctor and Clara are relegated to observers. There's a real lack of tension and drama, and it falls flat.
(I'm sure this episode will have its defenders - after all, I didn't like fan favorite Mummy on the Orient Express - to which I say, "Whatever. If you want to see a 'there' there, that's fine. I'll pass on this one." Plus, any episode that has such an awkward Little Red Riding Hood reference - yes, it's there - really isn't trying hard enough)
Quite easily the biggest disappointment, because it didn't seem to try. But looking forward to next week's Dark Water and Death in Heaven after that.