Listen is an episode, which is determined not to answer any of the questions it asks.
A gothic tale wrapped around the awkwardness of a first date, Listen uses ordinariness to both reassure and terrify the audience in equal measure.
Listen builds on the promise seen in Deep Breath and Into the Dalek, fully utilising Peter Capaldi’s masterful delivery, flipping from comedy to horror, and back again in less time that it takes for me to eat a Jaffa Cake.
Honestly, I love those things.
Clara Oswald is along for every step of this journey, as she occupies something of the character 11th Doctor, with her stories to lift the spirits of fightened children.
There are two ways to review this episode, the first way is of course the most logical, a piecing together of the events that take place throughout the episode, in some attempt to make sense of what happened, or worse than that even, to try and tie it in with what we know WILL happen.
Because, and I’m hoping I’m not popping anyone’s party balloons when I reveal this, but the death of Danny Pink in the penultimate episode of Series 8, makes the events of Listen moot.
But that’s not the first time an entire history has been blinked out of exsistance in this show, way back in the Christopher Eccleston era we were teased with the idea that the human race would some how go onto have a great golden age, The Doctor remembered it, but due to his interference it never happened.
Harriet Jones, one time Prime Minister of Great Britain was also supposed to usher in another golden age, but that never happened, either.
Time lines change, and the voids left behind are filled with other things, and it can be argued that the same thing happens to Clara and Danny and Orson Pink.
Who cares if it never happened, The Doctor and Clara still remember it.
So, let’s not dwell on the negative, instead let’s choose the second option, let’s discuss what made this episode so good.