I’ve been looking at the #listen tag here tonight and reading some reviews and reactions. Most people seem to have liked tonight’s episode of Doctor Who. Personally, I loved it. I thought it was absolutely marvelous. There were interesting developments with Clara and Danny, and they are written and portrayed like real people. We got to see Capaldi’s Doctor become more obsessed with observation and analysis, and we learn some of his blind spots. He overlooked some important elements of the story himself because he was so focused on his goal—and also because of his own fear, we learn. There was some great direction, some fantastic story pacing, some wonderful twists. And there was the barn. I thought that was an incredible surprise, and a very welcome one. Loved it. I thought Listen was sensational.
People can think whatever they like, and I am not going to try and convince them to like Steven Moffat as a show runner or as a writer. Having said that, quit your whining! We get it. You don’t like Steven Moffat. So shut up about it, already. How many times have I had to listen to people bitch about “Who is the woman in the shop? Moffat forgot all about it!” No. He didn’t.
Some people are now all focused on “Well, then who or what was under the sheet!?!” Sigh. Do we really need to know? I submit a story can be good and be resolved appropriately even if it does not answer every conceivable question that could be asked about the story. Yes, even Shakespeare work has “plot holes,” at least by the absurdly broad definition used by some critics.
The point of this story was not “What was under the sheet?”, the point of this story was “How does the fear affect you when you don’t know?"