Doctor Who: Flatline by Jamie Mathieson (Doctor Who review).

October 18, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More

Be careful: There may be some unintentional spoilers although I won’t give away the ending.

‘Flatline’ has to be the best episode so far this season. The TARDIS is smaller on the outside and getting smaller as a menace from a 2-dimensional reality merges with our own, claiming a lot of lives along the way.


An ingenious plot, switching the roles of Clara and the Doctor although I would have wondered what would have happened had it been the other way around with the Time Lord lacking his technology. A locked room mystery with a flattened twist. Squeezy easy.


Again, Jenna Coleman is essentially taking the lead again leaving Peter Capaldi literally talking to himself stuck inside the TARDIS. He nearly becomes a secondary character but not quite this time. The antagonists are still pretty much an unknown quantity with nary note of their true intentions and barely any dialogue. The series is really screaming for some kind of opponent that can talk although there is a hint at the end that someone else is coming along.

If I have to be critical then the solution is more deus ex-machina because it really lacks a true explanation. Even the sonic screwdriver is still used as a magic wand. Calling the creatures the Bolus is an unusual choice because that’s the medical term for a piece of food you swallow.


Don’t look back.

Geoff Willmetts

October 2014



Category: Doctor Who, TV


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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 15 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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  1. avatar Xris says:

    It’s actually the “Boneless”

  2. avatar UncleGeoff says:

    Hello Xris
    An hour after the show, I went phonetically.

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