Face the Raven

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Critic Consensus: "Face the Raven" delivers the much anticipated departure of a beloved Doctor Who character in a farewell handled admirably by both Coleman and Capaldi.

Episode Info

The Doctor and Clara visit a magical alien world hidden in the heart of London.

Cast

Critic Reviews for Face the Raven

Does anyone need a hug?

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Can we talk about how good Capaldi looks in burgundy velvet? The words "damn" and "fine" spring to mind... It's Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor meets Paul Weller and it works. Don't think about the upcoming sadness. Just focus on the jacket.

Nov 22, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The oddest thing about "Fear the Raven," and the most interesting, is just how resigned to it all the Doctor seems. Sure, he fights to save Clara, but he also seems to know what's coming.

Nov 23, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A resounding yes. The final farewell between the Doctor and Clara may have teetered onto the wrong side of overwrought, but the story was beautifully played out with yet another stand-out performance from Capaldi.

Nov 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rather, [Clara] poses the question to the Doctor that every companion deserves to ask-if he is allowed to be reckless, then why can't she?

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

We found practically everything about the first 2/3 of this episode to be sheer nonsense.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

In one of the show's most effective, emotional moments, Clara tells the Doctor that he mustn't become a warrior -he has to stay the Doctor, no matter what.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

"Face The Raven" transcends the usual mix of gadgetry and running around that it is attendant on Doctor Who writers to deliver week in, week out. It is, quite simply, the first undisputed masterpiece of the Capaldi era.

Nov 23, 2015 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

While I love Jenna, she probably should have been written out last season. Clara has been underused and poorly handled this year. What they've done to the character has left a bad taste in my mouth.

Nov 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The episode does well by everyone involved, giving Clara a memorable exit, while at the same time demonstrating her importance both to the Doctor as a character and to the narrative in terms of the season's overarching themes and ideas.

Nov 22, 2015 | Full Review…