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Moffat's Recycling Program...or Series Arc?

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So, across the first five episodes I’ve noticed some pretty blatant similarities to earlier episodes of Dr. Who. Here’s a Series 8 comparison re-cap:

Episode One: Deep Breath

Similar to: The Girl in the Fireplace

  • The Doctor encounters a broken down 51st century spaceship
  • Said spaceship…

Let’s keep this rolling:

Episode Six:  The Caretaker

Similar to:  School Reunion

  • The Doctor and his companion begin working in a school while he investigates an alien threat
  • The Doctor insults his companion’s boyfriend, who wants to be taken seriously
  • The Doctor stops the alien threat and begins to accept the boyfriend as more than “the tin dog”.  

Episode Seven:  Kill The Moon

Similar to:  The Beast Below

  • The Doctor and his companions encounter a rare, one-of-a-kind space creature who controls the future of humanity
  • Said creature is protected by terrifying monsters (the germs or the Smilers)
  • The humans put the Doctor in the situation where he must decide whether or not to kill said creature to keep humanity safe
  • The Doctor finally defers to his companions to make the decision, and ultimately they decide to let the creature live
  • Said creature turns out to be harmless and ultimately helps the humans out.

That awkward moment when you realize you’re not as clever as you thought you were…

That awkward moment when you realize you’re not as clever as you thought you were…

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Moffat’s Recycling Program…or Series Arc?

So, across the first five episodes I’ve noticed some pretty blatant similarities to earlier episodes of Dr. Who.  Here’s a Series 8 comparison re-cap:

Episode One:  Deep Breath

Similar to:  The Girl in the Fireplace

  • The Doctor encounters a broken down 51st century spaceship
  • Said spaceship has automatons on it that are repairing themselves and the ship with pieces taken from living beings
  • The ships featured in each episode are “sister ships”
  • In both episodes the Doctor disappears and then arrives in time to save his companions from the clockwork men

Episode Two:  Into The Dalek

Similar to:  Asylum of the Daleks 

  • The Doctor is kidnapped and forced to deal with broken Daleks
  • The Doctor and his companion(s) are inserted into the situation
  • The Doctor’s “repairs” lead to loads of broken Daleks
  • At the end he meets one Dalek that makes him think that maybe they aren’t all bad (Oswin/Rusty)
  • The Doctor is told in both episodes that the Daleks admire his hatred

Episode Three:  Robot of Sherwood

Similar to:  The Next Doctor

  • The Doctor encounters someone he doesn’t believe exists (his future self/Robin Hood)
  • The two team up to deal with robots that have enslaved the local populace
  • Said robots have chosen a local human to help them rebuild their spaceship
  • The Doctor destroys the spaceship and saves the locals

Episode Four:  Listen

Similar to:  Hide

  • The Doctor becomes obsessed with a ghostly figure
  • The Doctor and Clara encounter someone who has seen or interacted with said ghostly figure
  • The Doctor runs into a stranded time traveler who is blood related to one of the main characters in the episode
  • The Doctor rescues said stranded time traveler and learns a bit more about Clara in the process.

Episode Five:  Time Heist

Similar to:  The God Complex

  • The Doctor is taken against his will to a secure location where he is teamed with people he doesn’t know and must find a way out
  • While at said location he encounters a rare alien creature that feeds on minds/feelings
  • While working out how to escape several people are killed by said alien creature.
  • The Doctor finally gets through to the alien creature and discovers that it doesn’t want to be killing people.
  • The Doctor frees the creature and ends its suffering

and next week’s episode The Caretaker seems a lot like School Reunion.  So, is the Doctor reliving his past adventures on purpose or are Moffat and crew just running out of ideas?

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