Doctor Who S33E12 Closing Time (2011) – 7/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Gareth Roberts
Producer: Denise Paul
Director: Steve Hughes
James Corden: Craig

Doctor Who S33E12 Closing Time (2011)

The Doctor pops in to see Craig as part of a ‘farewell tour’ before he dies in a couple of days time but a trio of disappearing people and a some odd power fluctuations mean that he may have to stay and save Earth one last time.


Fun episode with a generous amount of the Doctor being cool ("I speak baby", "Here to help") and just enough shape and story to the running around to be satisfying. The homosexual dialogue feels ostentatiously normal (as in look at how normal we treat homosexuality; it’s just like a heterosexual family unit but with two dads and look how normally we reacted to it, we didn’t pull a face or anything, normal, normal, normal, see) but completely undermines itself by having Corden’s character ‘hilariously’ try to explain that he wasn’t the Doctor’s partner in that sense of the word. Homosexuality isn’t normal. It exists, but it isn’t normal. If you believe in God, he condemns homosexual acts and urges you to exercise self-control. If you believe in evolution, homosexuality leads to extinction.

This Doctor Who episode contains homosexual references and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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