Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

This week we reflect on another story that wasn’t a hit right out of the gate. Join Deb, Katrina, Lizbeth, and Lynne as they discuss how they feel about “In the Forest of the Night” lo these several years on. We also get to hear Lynne’s pick for her “hindsight is 2020” episode to revisit.

Have you reflected on “In the Forest of the Night” recently? If so, what did you think? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!


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Comments on: "Episode 226 – Reflections In the Forest of the Night" (7)

  1. Jean C said:

    The Forest of the Night would have been so much better if the children weren’t being supervised by Danny and Clara, and instead were found by Danny and Clara. The argument between Danny and Clara then would be about their responsibility and authority to act when its not their class of kids.

    And the medication issue would have worked so much better if the plants were trying to heal the children, but the plants were endangering the medicated child/children while trying to help.

    The Doctor would then have to decide between isolating the child from the plants, or removing the medication from the child’s system to letting the plants help, or to do nothing. All while Danny and Clara taking opposing views on the consent needed to make the decision for the child, and the Doctor taking the view its the child’s choice.

  2. At the risk of being on the receiving end of Liz’s ire, I’m just going to give my hot take and say Season 11>Season 8. Delgado is the only reason I’m able to watch season 8 with how much of a jerk Pertwee is at all times. And while season 11 isn’t amazing, it does at least have Invasion of the Dinosaurs which is one of my absolute favorite Doctor Who stories.

  3. Peter Cobcroft said:

    I’m currently writing a Faction Paradox roleplaying game (completely unofficial) and listening to you talk about this ep really made me think it’s a great plot seed for an adventure. Not only that, but any problematic episode would benefit by having its problems explained as “obviously this is a by-product of the Faction fighting against the Enemy /Great Houses”

  4. Ah Liz, we share an appreciation of 12/Clara. Nothing beats these 2 on screen for me. Even the dreaded ‘Sleep No More’ has a few good lines. I also envy the view out your window. Covid crushed a 2 weeks in Scotland trip for me.

    A comment on the medication thing: it took long enough but Deb finally mentioned the Ritalin overmedication claims. I say ‘took long enough,’ because it’s the very first thing that came to mind. If medication exists to help, it will also be used inappropriately. If anything, this said ‘take your medications with care’ to me. I do agree that they could have gotten to the same place without resorting to a medication theme at all, which would have potentially drawn in the missing sister thread and made more sense of that.

    Thanks for the podcasts!

  5. john mcgeachy said:

    I’ve just discovered your podcasts in the last few days and what a delight to find this in the middle of lockdown! My new evening routine now involves settling down to listen to the podcasts with a wee glass of whisky. I’ve been a Dr Who fan for a long time but to my shame have never really went back to watch Classic Who or listened to any of the Big finish audio stories. I’ve now been inspired to begin to explore the wider world of Dr Who. Thank you so much for all the hard work you all put into the podcasts.

    After listening I went back and rewatched this episode and I pretty much agree with the comments made about it .I found both Clara, who I love and Danny not so much, annoying here. A lovely looking episode though as I have a thing for trees and forests!

  6. Daniel Maske said:

    Special thanks to Liz, for her comments regarding wolves. Liz, you were right on the money w/ your mention on how wolves would not attack people, accurately stating how these animals would really behave. This is much appreciated!

  7. Icon_UK said:

    I remember watching this and being annoyed that I found myself siding with Danny Pink who was at least acting like a responsible adult some of the time (and a wildly misguided adult the rest of the time)

    Clara was the one I wanted to be agreeing with, because she was the companion, but her willingness to abandon the children, who she had undertaken a _professional_duty_of_care to look after, because she wanted to be in on the weird goings on, did not endear me to her at all.

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