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Or if you want to keep things short, you could call this the one where the Doc has an existential crisis.

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* InvincibleBoogeymen: The Veil. It can't be harmed, persuaded, intimidated, outsmarted, or technobabbled away - meaning that all the solutions that the Doctor usually resorts to are officially useless. The Doctor has only two options: confess his deepest secrets or run for his life. And though the Veil doesn't move very fast, it's impossible to escape the Castle through conventional methods, and the Doctor has to stop long enough to eat or sleep - meaning that the Veil will catch up sooner or later.


The Doctor watched the one women he considered the closest thing he had to a soulmate face the raven, and he couldn't do anything to stop it. Now he's been teleported away by unknown enemies to a mysterious castle in the sea. The castle is filled with monitors showing the point-of-view of a mysterious, veiled monster that never stops stalking the Doctor through the castle's halls. The only thing that will stop it -- and only temporarily -- are the Doctor's confessions, particularly concerning the mysterious Hybrid of Gallifreyan prophecy.

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The Doctor watched the one women woman he considered the closest thing he had to a soulmate face the raven, and he couldn't do anything to stop it. Now he's been teleported away by unknown enemies to a mysterious castle in the sea. The castle is filled with monitors showing the point-of-view of a mysterious, veiled monster that never stops stalking the Doctor through the castle's halls. The only thing that will stop it -- and only temporarily -- are the Doctor's confessions, particularly concerning the mysterious Hybrid of Gallifreyan prophecy.


Written by Creator/StevenMoffat, Part Two of the Series 9 finale of ''Doctor Who'' picks up where "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Face the Raven]]" leaves off.

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Written by Creator/StevenMoffat, Part Two of the Series 9 finale of ''Doctor Who'' picks up where "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Face the Raven]]" leaves off.
off. It also stands as the show's last Doctor or Companion-lite (in this case the latter) episode to date, as the show moved from airing once every year to once every 18 months or so starting with Series 10, removing the need for Doctor/Companion-lite episodes.

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** Twelve mentions that it can take days for a mortally-wounded Time Lord to die; thus, other races sometimes make the mistake of burying them too soon. In the TV movie, Seven's "dead" body was consigned to a morgue drawer at a human hospital, where he regenerated into Eight.


What happens when you push the button that should never be pushed, when you make the Doctor cross the line he should never cross? You get this episode - which we refer to as: The one where Creator/PeterCapaldi carries a 55-minute episode nearly by himself and gives a tour de force performance in the process, in the process [[TraumaCongaLine dying so many times]] [[UpToEleven it makes Rory's and even Jack's deaths, put together, look like]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor tripping over a brick]]. '''''Also''''' known as: The ''main'' reason to ''never'', ever, if you have at all valued your existence, fuck off the Doctor.

This, right after Clara just bit the dust. Tonight, it's the Doctor's turn to die. ''[[KickTheDog Ad infinitum.]]''

And here we thought Creator/StevenMoffat couldn't keep killing off characters... and in increasingly heinous ways.

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What happens when you push the button that should never be pushed, when you make the Doctor cross the line he should never cross? You get this episode - which we refer to as: The one where Creator/PeterCapaldi carries a 55-minute episode nearly by himself and gives a tour de force performance in the process, in the process [[TraumaCongaLine dying so many times]] [[UpToEleven it makes Rory's and even Jack's deaths, put together, look like]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor tripping over a brick]]. '''''Also''''' known as: The ''main'' reason to ''never'', ever, if you have at all valued your existence, fuck piss off the Doctor.

This, right after Clara just bit the dust. Tonight, it's the Doctor's turn to die. ''[[KickTheDog Ad infinitum.]]''

]]'' And here we thought Creator/StevenMoffat couldn't keep killing off characters... and in increasingly heinous ways.



He eventually returns to the teleport chamber, and finds a skull, just like the ones on the seabed, and "BIRD" written in the sand. He takes the skull up to the top of the tower, and looks at the stars a bit. As the Veil approaches behind him, he says that the stars are in the positions they'll be in in 7,000 years -- but that's not right, because he didn't time travel to get here, and he'd ''know'' if he'd time travelled. He turns and tells the Veil that there is a prophecy, rumors of a Dalek/Time Lord hybrid; he knows the hybrid is real, he knows what the Hybrid is, and he's afraid. The Veil backs off as the castle rearranges itself again.

This time, room 12 is open, and he goes in. There's a wall, made of azbantium, a substance harder than diamond. And now the Doctor knows what "BIRD" means, and he's shocked enough that his mental Clara has to snap him out of it. As the Veil approaches, the Doctor punches at the wall a few times, while beginning to tell a story. His hands are bruised and bleeding by the time the Veil catches him and injures him to the point he can't regenerate.

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He eventually returns to the teleport chamber, and finds a skull, just like the ones on the seabed, and "BIRD" written in the sand. He takes the skull up to the top of the tower, and looks at the stars a bit. As the Veil approaches behind him, he says that the stars are in the positions they'll be in in 7,000 years -- but that's not right, because he didn't time travel to get here, and he'd would ''know'' if he'd he had time travelled. He turns and tells the Veil that there is a prophecy, rumors of a Dalek/Time Lord hybrid; he knows the hybrid is real, he knows what the Hybrid is, and he's afraid. The Veil backs off as the castle rearranges itself again.

This time, room 12 is open, and he goes in. There's Inside is a wall, made of azbantium, a substance harder than diamond. And now the Doctor knows what "BIRD" means, and he's shocked enough that his mental Clara has to snap him out of it. As the Veil approaches, the Doctor punches at the wall a few times, while beginning to tell a story. His hands are bruised and bleeding by the time the Veil catches him and injures him to the point he can't regenerate.



* BuriedAlive: The Doctor says that as Time Lords can take so long to die they prefer to die among their own people [[FridgeHorror to prevent this.]]

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* BuriedAlive: The Doctor says that as Time Lords can take so a long time to die die, they prefer to die among their own people [[FridgeHorror to prevent this.]]



* ColdBloodedTorture: Taken to a truly sadistic extreme. Even as the Doctor goes insane and undergoes this hell again and again for billions of years, his captors do not free him, because the identity of the Hybrid is more important than his sanity or life.

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* ColdBloodedTorture: Taken to a truly sadistic extreme. Even as the Doctor goes insane and undergoes this hell again and again for billions of years, his captors do not free him, because the identity of the Hybrid is more important than his sanity or life.



* CrystalPrison: An interesting variation, in that the way out of the prison is covered with a wall made of Azbantium, a substance 400 times tougher then diamond.

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* CrystalPrison: An interesting variation, in that the way out of the prison is covered with a wall made of Azbantium, a substance 400 times tougher harder then diamond.



* DrivenToMadness: The Doctor's ordeal is intended to drive him insane (and/or kill him outright) if he doesn't just up and confess every last secret he has. Combined with his grief and rage over Clara's death, he actually snaps over the course of this episode, though it isn't revealed that he has until the ''next'' one, when it becomes clear ''why'' he took the long way 'round.

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* DrivenToMadness: The Doctor's ordeal is intended to drive him insane (and/or kill him outright) him) if he doesn't just up and confess every last secret he has. Combined with his grief and rage over Clara's death, he actually snaps over the course of this episode, though it isn't revealed that he has until the ''next'' one, when it becomes clear ''why'' he took the long way 'round.



* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The Doctor begins to lose his mind totally once he remembers -- again -- that he has gone through these events over and over for thousands of years. This, combined with the HeroicBSOD over the grief of Clara's loss threatens to send him over the edge. Only the vision of Clara telling him to get off his arse and win snaps him out of it... or so it seems.

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: The Doctor begins to lose his mind totally once he remembers -- again -- that he has gone through these events over and over for thousands of years. This, combined with the HeroicBSOD over the grief of Clara's loss threatens to send him over the edge. Only the vision of Clara telling him to get off his arse and win snaps him out of it... or so it seems.



* JewelersEyeLoupe: The Doctor picks up a loupe conveniently placed next to a painting of Clara Oswald to examine it. It allows him to find out the puzzling fact that the painting is very old, despite his instincts telling him he hadn't traveled through time. Then he drops the loupe to test out the gravity of the place.

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* JewelersEyeLoupe: The Doctor picks up a loupe conveniently placed next to a painting of Clara Oswald to examine it. It allows him to find out the puzzling fact that the painting is very old, despite his instincts telling him he hadn't hasn't traveled through time. Then he drops the loupe to test out the gravity of the place.



** As discussed in dialogue, Time Lords usually take a long time to die and in the Doctor's case after the Veil strikes he's able to crawl and limp through the castle for a day and a half before dying.

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** As discussed in dialogue, Time Lords usually take a long time to die and in die. In the Doctor's case after the Veil strikes strikes, he's able to crawl and limp through the castle for a day and a half before dying.



** Also, when each Doctor burns themselves out they are reduced to dust. Except for their skull.

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** Also, when When each Doctor burns themselves out they are reduced to dust. Except dust, except for their skull.


What happens when you push the button that should never be pushed, when you make the Doctor cross the line he should never cross? You get this episode - which we refer to as: The one where Creator/PeterCapaldi carries a 55-minute episode nearly by himself and gives a tour de force performance in the process, in the process [[TraumaCongaLine dying so many times]] [[UpToEleven it makes Rory's and even Jack's deaths, put together, look like]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor tripping over a brick]].

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What happens when you push the button that should never be pushed, when you make the Doctor cross the line he should never cross? You get this episode - which we refer to as: The one where Creator/PeterCapaldi carries a 55-minute episode nearly by himself and gives a tour de force performance in the process, in the process [[TraumaCongaLine dying so many times]] [[UpToEleven it makes Rory's and even Jack's deaths, put together, look like]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor tripping over a brick]].
brick]]. '''''Also''''' known as: The ''main'' reason to ''never'', ever, if you have at all valued your existence, fuck off the Doctor.


What happens when you push the button that should never be pushed, when you make the Doctor cross the line he should never cross? You get this episode - which we refer to as: The One where Creator/PeterCapaldi carries a 55-minute episode nearly by himself and gives a tour de force performance in the process, in the process [[TraumaCongaLine dying so many times]] [[UpToEleven it makes Rory's and even Jack's deaths, put together, look like]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor tripping over a brick]].

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What happens when you push the button that should never be pushed, when you make the Doctor cross the line he should never cross? You get this episode - which we refer to as: The One one where Creator/PeterCapaldi carries a 55-minute episode nearly by himself and gives a tour de force performance in the process, in the process [[TraumaCongaLine dying so many times]] [[UpToEleven it makes Rory's and even Jack's deaths, put together, look like]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor tripping over a brick]].

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* WrongGenreSavvy: Twelve mentions that the Timelords thought the Hybrid was half-Dalek. It's not half-Dalek because the Doctor knows one ''incredibly important fact'' - the Daleks would ''never'' allow anything to be half-Dalek because it's against their purist beliefs and is just wrong to them and must be exterminated; if the Timelords were ''actually'' GenreSavvy they would know this rather large fact.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Missy adores Chaos and torturing the Doctor, but even ''she'' never went this far with him. Just shows how far the Timelords have sunk when ''the lover of chaos'', who's pushed a child into a volcano, made a gun out of leaves, stolen two bodies and attempted to ''drown the Doctor'' finds it too far to go.


* GenreSavvy: The Doctor sent his confession dial to Missy. His dial is full of evil and chaos and nastiness - everything Missy adores. Who ''else'' was batshit insane enough to deal with it?


* IronicEpisodeTitle: "Heaven Sent" -- a phrase that refers to blessings, perhaps a sweetheart -- is the title of the episode that effectively sends the Doctor to Hell, with the Doctor even stating in the episode that Hell is just "Heaven for bad people". Given how Clara's memory plays such an important role in keeping the Doctor going, a romantic interpretation of the title is the likely one.

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* IronicEpisodeTitle: "Heaven Sent" -- a phrase that refers to blessings, perhaps a sweetheart -- is the title of the episode that effectively sends the Doctor to Hell, with the Doctor even stating in the episode that Hell is just "Heaven for bad people". Given how Clara's memory plays such an important role in keeping the Doctor going, a romantic interpretation of the title is can be made, and [[WordOfGod has since been been endorsed by some of the likely one.creators]].


** The episode answers some of these questions by having the Doctor conjuring up images of his dead love and talking to her, attempting to keep her with him, even while alone.

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** The episode answers some of these questions by having the Doctor conjuring up images of his dead love Companion and talking to her, attempting to keep her with him, even while alone.


* BelatedLoveEpiphany: Whether romantic or platonic is in the eye of the beholder, but the Doctor demonstrates this throughout the episode, particularly when he finally breaks down before "Clara" speaks to him when the fact that, regardless how many times he goes through the cycle, or even if he breaks free, she'll still be gone, hits home. (The production emphasizes this by having the score hit a romantic beat on the soundtrack at this moment.)

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* BelatedLoveEpiphany: Whether romantic or platonic is in the eye of the beholder, but the The Doctor demonstrates this throughout the episode, particularly when he finally breaks down before "Clara" speaks to him when the fact that, regardless how many times he goes through the cycle, or even if he breaks free, she'll still be gone, hits home. (The production emphasizes this by having the score hit a romantic beat on the soundtrack at this moment.)



** The episode answers some of these questions by having the Doctor conjuring up images of his dead Companion and talking to her, attempting to keep her with him, even while alone.

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** The episode answers some of these questions by having the Doctor conjuring up images of his dead Companion love and talking to her, attempting to keep her with him, even while alone.



* BreakTheCutie: The Twelfth Doctor may not be a "cutie", but the events showcased in this episode broke the Doctor more than any other event in any other episode. He gets sent to the brink of insanity, right after '''Clara''' (who by this point was his best friend, essentially his soulmate) was killed ''in the previous episode'' and goes through 4.5 ''billion years'' of hell in this one.

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* BreakTheCutie: The Twelfth Doctor may not be a "cutie", but the events showcased in this episode broke the Doctor more than any other event in any other episode. He gets sent to the brink of insanity, right after '''Clara''' (who by this point was his best friend, essentially his soulmate) was killed ''in the previous episode'' and goes through 4.5 ''billion years'' of hell in this one.



* IronicEpisodeTitle: "Heaven Sent" -- a phrase that refers to blessings, perhaps a sweetheart -- is the title of the episode that effectively sends the Doctor to Hell, with the Doctor even stating in the episode that Hell is just "Heaven for bad people". Given how Clara's memory plays such an important role in keeping the Doctor going, a romantic interpretation of the title is not impossible.

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* IronicEpisodeTitle: "Heaven Sent" -- a phrase that refers to blessings, perhaps a sweetheart -- is the title of the episode that effectively sends the Doctor to Hell, with the Doctor even stating in the episode that Hell is just "Heaven for bad people". Given how Clara's memory plays such an important role in keeping the Doctor going, a romantic interpretation of the title is not impossible.the likely one.



* ThePowerOfLove: As much as the Doctor is fueled by his [[UnstoppableRage anger]], the solitary nature of the episode also [[BeneathTheMask reveals his worried and scared side]]. Amid all the unnerving and depressing challenges he has to face, it's clearly implied that the only) thing still keeping him sane and determined to solve the mystery is [[TheHeart Clara]] and the close bond they shared. He needs his memories of her to act as his mental advisor and emotional guide. It's telling that he even experiences moments of meeting her (in his mind). He misses her so deeply that he has to somewhat pretend she never went away, in order to have enough willpower to continue. [[HeartbrokenBadass Poor Doctor...]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: As much as the Doctor is fueled by his [[UnstoppableRage anger]], the solitary nature of the episode also [[BeneathTheMask reveals his worried and scared side]]. Amid all the unnerving and depressing challenges he has to face, it's clearly implied that the only) thing still keeping him sane and determined to solve the mystery is [[TheHeart Clara]] and the close bond what they shared. He needs his memories of her to act as his mental advisor and emotional guide. It's telling that he even experiences moments of meeting her (in his mind). He misses her so deeply that he has to somewhat pretend she never went away, in order to have enough willpower to continue. [[HeartbrokenBadass Poor Doctor...]]


* BelatedLoveEpiphany: The Doctor demonstrates this throughout the episode, particularly when he finally breaks down before "Clara" speaks to him when the fact that, regardless how many times he goes through the cycle, or even if he breaks free, she'll still be gone, hits home. (The production emphasizes this by having the score hit a romantic beat on the soundtrack at this moment.)

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* BelatedLoveEpiphany: The Whether romantic or platonic is in the eye of the beholder, but the Doctor demonstrates this throughout the episode, particularly when he finally breaks down before "Clara" speaks to him when the fact that, regardless how many times he goes through the cycle, or even if he breaks free, she'll still be gone, hits home. (The production emphasizes this by having the score hit a romantic beat on the soundtrack at this moment.)



** The episode answers some of these questions by having the Doctor conjuring up images of his dead love and talking to her, attempting to keep her with him, even while alone.

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** The episode answers some of these questions by having the Doctor conjuring up images of his dead love Companion and talking to her, attempting to keep her with him, even while alone.



* BreakTheCutie: The Twelfth Doctor may not be a "cutie", but the events showcased in this episode broke the Doctor more than any other event in any other episode. He gets sent to the brink of insanity, right after '''Clara''' (who by this point was his best friend, implied lover, essentially his soulmate) was killed ''in the previous episode'' and goes through 4.5 ''billion years'' of hell in this one.

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* BreakTheCutie: The Twelfth Doctor may not be a "cutie", but the events showcased in this episode broke the Doctor more than any other event in any other episode. He gets sent to the brink of insanity, right after '''Clara''' (who by this point was his best friend, implied lover, essentially his soulmate) was killed ''in the previous episode'' and goes through 4.5 ''billion years'' of hell in this one.



* IronicEpisodeTitle: "Heaven Sent" -- a phrase that refers to blessings, perhaps a sweetheart -- is the title of the episode that effectively sends the Doctor to Hell, with the Doctor even stating in the episode that Hell is just "Heaven for bad people". Given how Clara's memory plays such an important role in keeping the Doctor going, and the fact that by this point the Doctor and Clara were together in a non-platonic way, a romantic interpretation of the title is not impossible.

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* IronicEpisodeTitle: "Heaven Sent" -- a phrase that refers to blessings, perhaps a sweetheart -- is the title of the episode that effectively sends the Doctor to Hell, with the Doctor even stating in the episode that Hell is just "Heaven for bad people". Given how Clara's memory plays such an important role in keeping the Doctor going, and the fact that by this point the Doctor and Clara were together in a non-platonic way, a romantic interpretation of the title is not impossible.



* ThePowerOfLove: As much as the Doctor is fueled by his [[UnstoppableRage anger]], the solitary nature of the episode also [[BeneathTheMask reveals his worried and scared side]]. Amid all the unnerving and depressing challenges he has to face, it's clearly implied that the only) thing still keeping him sane and determined to solve the mystery is [[TheHeart Clara]] and their love. He needs his memories of her to act as his mental advisor and emotional guide. It's telling that he even experiences moments of meeting her (in his mind). He misses her so deeply that he has to somewhat pretend she never went away, in order to have enough willpower to continue. [[HeartbrokenBadass Poor Doctor...]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: As much as the Doctor is fueled by his [[UnstoppableRage anger]], the solitary nature of the episode also [[BeneathTheMask reveals his worried and scared side]]. Amid all the unnerving and depressing challenges he has to face, it's clearly implied that the only) thing still keeping him sane and determined to solve the mystery is [[TheHeart Clara]] and their love.the close bond they shared. He needs his memories of her to act as his mental advisor and emotional guide. It's telling that he even experiences moments of meeting her (in his mind). He misses her so deeply that he has to somewhat pretend she never went away, in order to have enough willpower to continue. [[HeartbrokenBadass Poor Doctor...]]

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