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Face the Raven 

The Doctor and Clara are called back to Earth when Rigsy discovers a strange tattoo on the back of his neck that appears to be counting down to zero. Their investigation leads them to a hidden street in the middle of London, the discovery that Rigsy has been issued a death sentence, and one of them facing the choice of having to make the ultimate sacrifice; to face the Raven!


Justin Molotnikov


Sarah Dollard




Episode cast overview:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Maisie Williams ... Ashildr
Joivan Wade ... Rigsy
Naomi Ackie ... Jen
Simon Manyonda ... Kabel
Simon Paisley Day ... Rump
Letitia Wright ... Anahson
Robin Soans ... Chronolock Guy
Angela Clerkin Angela Clerkin ... Alien woman
Caroline Boulton ... Habrian woman
Jenny Lee Jenny Lee ... Elderly woman


When Rigsy contacts The Doctor about a mysterious countdown tattoo, he, The Doctor, and Clara infringe upon an alien refugee camp run by Ashildr . It is up to them to get the countdown to stop, for if it hits 000 minutes, you face Death when you Face the Raven.

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21 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Kabel (played by Simon Manyonda) is a Lugal-Irra-Kush, a species we first saw in Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten (2013). See more »


As the doctor, Clara and Rigsy are standing just outside 'the street' the same extra walks past them twice. See more »


[first lines]
Clara: Oh, I told you it'd work.
The Doctor: It very nearly ate you for dinner.
Clara: Oh, admit it, I totally saved your life.
The Doctor: It wasn't going to eat me.
Clara: [laughs] I totally saved you from having to marry that giant sentient plant thing. That bit, where I jumped over the side, that was amazing. Ha! I knew you were impressed.
The Doctor: The second most beautiful garden in all of time and space and we can never come back here because you, Miss Oswald...
[they are interrupted by the Tardis console phone ringing]
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This is the first Doctor Who episode to have a post-credit sequence - Rigsy adding memorial graffiti for Clara to the outside of the Tardis. See more »


Doctor Who
Composed by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Why does no one mention the music?
21 November 2015 | by mgl-92037See all my reviews

I created an account specifically for the purpose of reviewing "Face the Raven", the worst episode of the new-Who era (except possibly---no, probably---next week's). I won't bore you with me-too-ing all the criticisms of the other newest-Who haters. I want to point out a couple things I haven't seen mentioned. First off: Peter Capaldi has a horrible voice. I don't care that he's ugly and old, but that spitting, raucous brogue of his grates on my ears like nails on the blackboard. Please let the next Dr who be a real actor with a not unpleasant voice, not someone who looks and sounds like a drunken bum from off the street.

This is a minor criticism. Of course if the writing were decent, I wouldn't care. The newest-who writing team is awful in every way, but particular as regards pacing. The drawn-out death scene of whatshername was so painful I had to down a second bottle of scotch to get through it----and still it went on and ON an ON. But the music---oh god. The MELOdrama of it all, as subtle as a piano dropped on one's head. The worst opera doesn't milk the score as much as the newest-who composers. I do find an analogy with current pop-music styles, where melody is replaced by formless, melismatic mush.

I have been a Doctor Who fan for ages, but I would rather see the show canceled than drop any further. Maybe in another 15 years, BBC can try again.

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