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What might be a more serious downside is that, once you include an alien who is so non-Human in the story, it then feels false for a bank on an alien planet with a multi-cultural interstellar customer base to be seen populated with only perfectly human-looking characters wearing our culture's current business attire. Even the core group of outlaws lack the obvious diversity of species, with a Mutant-Human, an Augmented-Human, and Clara being fully Human. An obvious trick is missed there.
A side-point to this is the re-run concept of the Teller being the last of its kind. I'll gladly put that down to a false idea in the heads of the characters which isn't necessarily true for the universe of the episode, but even so it's not very inspiring to see the same situation that the Doctor is impossibly supposed to be in, now projected onto others as well.
Interestingly, we manage here to explore one of Steven Moffat's favourite concepts - the untrustworthiness of memory - and without falling back on time travel as the primary cause. Memory is actually handled in a refreshingly clean and believable manner here. Two thumbs up!
The biggest plot-based problem I had was not quite knowing what to root for at times. Should the Doctor and company proceed with the bank heist, or reverse course and go after the Architect who sent them? My instinct would be to go after the Architect, at least until he can explain to everyone's satisfaction why the bank robbery should go ahead. Undertaking a bank robbery without having clear motivation is a little too far fetched to engage in with much emotion.
Perhaps the one scene that worked the least for me was the very formulaic need to demonstrate the powers of today's monster on a victim, and perhaps even more so because the Doctor and company are in the same room, doing nothing about it without being connected to any obvious higher purpose in their own motivations.
Capaldi's final confrontation scene seems to be written in the same manner as other recent Doctors, particularly when he gets a rush of putting things together in his head. I'm not convinced that style was ever a great idea, but at least Tennant and Smith could, with their energy and enthusiasm and charisma, sweeten the tone considerably and make the Doctor's presence electric in such moments. Capaldi only seems to be achieving an irritable crass old bugger here, which I enjoy much less. Even Hartnell was miles ahead, and far better at balancing his crass and irritable moments with charm and wit and genius.
Even Douglas MacKinnon's directing, while certainly not bad, seems to feel a bit rushed and under-developed in this tale. I think his two other episodes from this season demonstrate a much more inspired effort on his part.
Français: "Braquage temporel"
Русский: "Ограбление во времени"
Italiano: "Rapina temporale"The Germans switched to a different idea for their title: "Classified".
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