There are many reasons why I haven’t reviewed anything after Caretaker and the big reason is this episode right here.
Kill the Moon is one of those episodes that could just be any kind of episode but it also has a big moral question that is very close to a lot of people’s lives.
So why didn’t I like Kill the Moon?
“If you think we should kill the creature turn your lights off….”
Earth gets to choose whether to kill a creature that is living inside its moon. We know nothing about this creature, about what will happen to Earth after the moon-egg breaks apart. All we know is there is a baby creature living in the centre of the moon and it is struggling to get out.
The Doctor ends up leaving Clara, Courtney and a astronaut who was sent up into space to find out what was happening to make the decision.
That might feel like over simplifying the whole episode but it is the whole episode.
The choice of casting and the way the Doctor talks very much makes the whole argument into a abortion argument. One that has a right and wrong answer. A debate that doesn’t have a right or wrong answer was given one. It was given one in a silly manner.
You can make a argument that this was never the intent of the writer but seeing I came online afterwards and I found out I was by no means the only person to come away with a anti-abortion message. I don’t usually jump to silly conclusions with episodes, it isn’t like I see real life messages in every episode, but this one kind of hits you in the face. You can’t help but see it glaring at you.
The whole world got a choice to kill a baby or let it live. They decided to kill it just to be told they are wrong (and the Doctor does say a few times that it was indeed wrong) and their opinion is ignored.
For me something similar (not the abortion theme but the rest of it) was handled much better in the Beast Below, if not making the Doctor look a bit of a tit in that episode. It gave Amy Pond and “England” a choice to kill a innocent animal or let it live. It ended up that they made the “right” decision not because it was right but because it was humane and you shouldn’t inflict pain on others for the betterment of yourself. It wasn’t a right answer it was the answer they felt to be right because they themselves personally couldn’t make something else suffer. It turned out that it was extremely right because the space whale itself was trying to help. This time out we are told it is right because you should never kill a baby. You never knew ANYTHING about the thing in the moon and it was right to question what would happen to the shell, gravity and everything else….
We didn’t get a debate really on any of that, every intelligent argument for killing the creature was met by “Its a baby” “What if your wrong” and that isn’t how you carry out a debate or discussion.
Even if you don’t take the abortion theme from it there is something that stuck in my throat that when you ask a whole planet what they want to do for their future you ignore them.
Or the fact the Doctor apparently now can’t make decisions about the future of any planet other then Gallifrey.
There was so much I just didn’t like about this episode, I mean to start the episode we got lumbered with Courtney and had to endure Clara telling off the Doctor for telling her she isn’t special therefore she’s gone “off the rails” even though she’s been a brat all season long anyway.
The best part of the episode was the dramatic confrontation between Clara and the Doctor afterwards where she walks away from the TARDIS telling the Doctor to leave and not come back.
This series has hung on a balance for me and so far it is shifting in the wrong direction.