Episode 118 – Fear Can Make You Kind

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 8×4 Listen and Angel 2×7 Darla


Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

While Clara attempts to go on a date with Danny Pink, the Doctor becomes obsessed with a particular nightmare. Discussion points include:

  • The return of the “Moffat Prestige Piece”
  • The audience as silent companions
  • Monsters and fear
  • Danny & Clara’s awkward first date
  • Rupert & Orson
  • The Doctor’s origins

Written and Directed by Tim Minear

Flashbacks reveal Darla’s origin story, crossing over with Spike, Angel, and Drusilla’s. Discussion points include:

  • Minear mixes it up
  • Darla’s origins
  • Angel & Darla, the old married couple
  • Recontextualizing the China flashbacks
  • Darla’s death/immortality drive
  • Can Darla be redeemed?

Next time: Buffy 5×8 Shadow and Doctor Who 8×5 Time Heist.


About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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