“Hide” seemed as though it would be a call-back to “The Unquiet Dead” from the Eccleston/Davies era, and it certainly has some of those elements, but overall we have a nice ghost story that isn’t a ghost story with a little more development for Clara.
Clara and the Doctor arrive at Caliburn House, a haunted mansion sat alone on a desolate moor. Within its walls, a ghost-hunting professor and a gifted psychic are searching for the Witch of the Well. Her apparition appears throughout the history of the building, but is she really a ghost? And what is chasing her? [Via TARDIS Wiki]
Smith and Coleman are absolutely delightful to watch together. There, I’ve said it. Ding dong the Pond is gone–though I wasn’t an Amy hater, like others I know, but seriously, Clara is a breath of fresh air to this season. She’s got a wondrous sense of adventure and a mischievous glint in her eye when she’s about to do something spectacular, like fly the TARDIS through the Time Vortex, into a pocket universe, multiple times. I’m pretty sure that no other companion, save River Song (who isn’t really a companion), has done that.
The Doctor and Clara completely outshone the two supporting characters, who were merely backdrops (despite some great acting on the part of Jessica Raine). The entire adventure was a red herring for the Doctor’s further pursuit of the truth about Clara, but it also showcased the way that Clara has now truly integrated herself into the Doctor, his TARDIS, and our hearts. She’s even making sure that the TARDIS is on her side–which is especially important since we know that the TARDIS is truly the Doctor’s long-term companion and she can be rather jealous at times.
My only criticism is that, once again in this half of the series–with the exception of last week’s “Cold War“–we have an episode that is light on plot but heavy on character development. Don’t get me wrong: we should never sacrifice character development. It’s what I look for most in a show, film, or novel. However, I need something a bit stronger in terms of the plot so that it doesn’t seem unbalanced. The creepy factor was high in this episode, which I really enjoyed, and I just would have liked more substance to the overall story.
A few things: I’m crazy excited for the next episode “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS,” as well as the finale, “The Name of the Doctor.” Also, we have more references to the classic series–they’re happening in ascending order of the Doctors: in “The Rings of Akhetan” the Doctor referenced his granddaughter (1st Doctor), and in “Cold War” we have the Ice Warrior return (2nd Doctor), and now the Doctor refers to Metebelis III (3rd Doctor). The next episode will hopefully incorporate a whole slew of references as they explore the TARDIS’ interior. Seriously cool.