In The Forest Of The Night- The winning streak has ended. Not only that, but the quality has crashed immensely.
I can't stand this episode. Nothing works in it.
Capaldi and Coleman save it, as they do with every bad episode. Samuel Anderson is the only other actor who manages to give a good performance here. I don't know wether to blame the actors too much for this, because the script they were given was awful. The writing and pacing is atrocious. This episode bores me so much, I honestly struggled to get through it when I watched it earlier. Somehow it makes 45 minutes feel a lot longer.
The tree plot is incredibly stupid, and if it wasn't for the egg moon, this would be the silliest idea the show has had for a long time. It's overly simple, boring and has an awful ending. Since this episode is resolved without The Doctor actually doing anything, the whole thing just feels inconsequential because pretty much nothing happens for the whole run time.
I don't need to go more in depth than that, and this episode doesn't deserve my time. It's garbage, and is second only to Kill The Moon as the worst that this series has to offer (although there really isn't much between those two). Not only is it one of the worst of this series, but it's one of my least favourite episodes in general.
When this series hits its peak, we get stories like Listen and Mummy. Yet somehow, this same series has also given us this and KTM. The massive fluctuations in quality are more noticeable when you watch the episodes in order like this. There's a couple of good episodes, then we get pulled down to the level of episodes like these.