Series eight, episode 5/12: Time Heist (Saturday 20th September 7:30pm BBC1)
What’s it about?
The Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse – to steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos.
With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara must fight their way past deadly security and come face to face with the fearsome Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt…
Steven Moffat’s Radio Times episode guide…
“Welcome to the bank of Karabraxos.”
The Bank of Karabraxos is the deadliest bank in the cosmos – only a fool of a genius would attempt to rob it. Fortunately for the Doctor, he’s both. With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara fight their way past the most dangerous security system ever devised. Bit nothing even the Doctor has encountered can prepare them for the Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt.
What director Douglas Mackinnon has said…
“What we wanted to do was a heist movie for Doctor Who. I’ve watched virtually every heist movie there’s ever been, and it incorporates things into it, but because it’s Doctor Who, time travel is involved.
There’s a real time travel twist to it that’s quite amazing – it starts with the Tardis in Clara’s flat, and the Tardis phone starts ringing – very few people have that number, so when he picks up the phone, that’s when the adventure begins.
In traditional heist style, you get a gang together and each has a skill. One of the big things is, when the phone goes, they all arrive in this place and none of them can remember how they got there. They have to discover that as they travel, as they’re involved in a bank raid but they don’t know what they’re trying to find.” (The Daily Record)
Writer Stephen Thompson Director Douglas Mackinnon