[Doctor Who] S09E10: Face the Raven

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The Doctor and Clara are called back to earth when Rigsy discovers a strange tattoo on the back of his neck that appears to be counting down to zero. Their investigation leads them to a hidden street in the middle of London, the discovery that Rigsy has been issued a death sentence, and one of them facing the choice of having to make the ultimate sacrifice; to face the Raven!

Watched on: Amazon Prime Video India

Watch Date: 2020-01-08


  • This felt like it was heavily inspired by Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
  • The trap street turning out to be real was there in China Mieville’s Kraken too, if I remember correctly. I liked the Doctor’s line about ‘seeing copyright infringement instead of what’s really there’, but I hope that this concept is now retired as a plot point, it’s threatening to get as overused as ‘solar eclipse terrifies the savage tribe that has captured our adventurous heroes,’ as seen in King Solomon’s Mines, Enid Blyton’s The Secret Mountain, and Tintin’s Prisoners of the Sun.
  • In general, this was a fairy tale with technobabble clothes. But very well done.
  • I think there’s a long, long post to be written about how this is the culmination of two seasons of Clara becoming more and more like the Doctor, especially in how she goes out, chanting ‘Let me be brave.’
  • And swirling questions related to that around how duty of care conflicts with autonomy in multiple areas – parent / child, married couples, colonialism (or at any rate the justification for colonialism).
  • I missed recognising Letitia Wright when the episode was playing, and then was delighted to see Shuri once the credits were playing.
  • I’d forgotten all about the confession dials from the season opener – what a superb Chekhov’s Gun.

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