After two serious episodes, The Caretaker brings us a more lighthearted story which involves the Doctor going deep undercover at Clara's school to save the planet from the sinister Skovox Blitzer. The plot mostly dealt with Danny finding out about the Doctor, his reactions to Clara's soldier boyfriend and Clara trying to keep the status quo where she liked it. Obviously some of the stuff mentioned succeeded more so than others.
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First off, love the River comment. Nice bit of continuity. Always nice to hear a bit about River. Back to the task at hand, this episode was mostly supposed to be a breather episode, yet The Caretaker averts this somewhat as some major changes to the status quo are done. Remember I mentioned Clara wanting to keep the status quo as it is? Well there you have it!
The plot for The Caretaker becomes miniscule on second viewing. It's mostly a character piece about the Doctor, Danny and Clara. This isn't bad though. In fact, it works. I like that. However, the whole 'Clara juggling two lives' thing is really silly when you consider that she only travels with the Doctor on Wednesdays. It becomes annoying when you realize that all her dates with Danny also seem to take place on Wednesdays. There is no struggling here Clara, just very poor time management on your part. Either go out with Danny on one of the other days of the week or move your adventures with the Doctor to Saturday (see what I did there?), but just pick one! It really is frustrating when scenarios like these are written into the character just to create drama.
I also find it hard to believe how inaccurate and UN-dangerous the Skovox Blitzer turned out to be. Sure he puts on a great light show and I like how it has to say everything that comes to mind not just attacks, but for a supposedly advanced killing machine, the Skovox Blitzer obviously learned how to shoot at the imperial stormtrooper academy. The only person it manages to shoot throughout the whole episode is a stationary police officer WHO WAS STANDING STILL!