However, although Hide suffered from many of the same problems as Rings (a barely fleshed out and vague threat, a damsel in distress that the audience had been given little reason to care about, and a rushed ending) this time the story worked and the episode was an enjoyable, but not exceptional, romp.
Their story was a lot more satisfactory than the pocket dimension elements. These raised far more questions than they answered - why had she crashed there? How did the time pilot know the history books had recorded her as lost? What was the Crooked Man even doing there, and why was it suddenly collapsing? The resolution was also very sudden - when the episode just ended as The Doctor returned to see the Crooked Man. It was so abrupt I assumed that iplayer had crashed. It felt like the last 5 minutes of the episode had fallen through a crack in time.
After leaving The Doctor and Clara stranded at the opposite end of the world from the TARDIS last week I'm beginning to wonder if leaving so many loose ends is intentional for a dramatic series cliffhanger or a sign that Moffat is losing his edge - heâs said his time as Head Writer is closer to the end than the beginning - is his mind on other shows?
It felt like the last 5 minutes of the episode had fallen through a crack in time.
"Timey wimey" in response to Claraâs questioning of how small we must appear to him was my stand-out moment of the episode.
All in all the episode was entertaining but felt about a rewrite or two away from being complete. This series is building up a nice collection of characters I hope to see more of. I would love to see the characters again from this episode, especially The Crooked Man - the jittery, jumpy way he moved was the stuff of nightmares and it's been a while since the show has made me want to hide behind the sofa.