I can honestly say that "Listen" is probably the most difficult episode of Doctor Who I've ever had to review. Even aside from the fact that it's probably the most atypical episode since "Blink', it's nearly impossible to discuss it without revealing major plot points. To that end, I'm going to try to keep to generalities on page one, but page two is definitely only for those who aren't worried about having the episode's revelations discussed at length.
Capaldi gives us a very interesting look at his Doctor on his own. It's actually pretty rare to see The Doctor without a mirror in the form of a companion. Ten did so with terrible loneliness in "Partners in Crime" and Eight showed off his hyperactive jabbering really happens whether there's anyone around to listen or not in "Storm Warning", but Twelve is something very sinister when he broods in his solitude.
"Listen" is about nightmares. At its heart it is an exploration on the very nature of fear, and while I still think Steven Moffat's ability to execute his ambitious idea has fallen below par writing-wise you can't take anything from the fact that "Listen" has a pretty brilliant premise.More »