Episode 7 – KILL THE MOON

The Doctor Who fandom seems to be split about this episode. I’ve heard lots of people who love it and rave about it, while others despise the episode, branding it ridiculous and too far fetched. For me, this is a superb episode. Peter Harness scripted his first story for the show and he created an intriguing moral dilemma. The setting of the Moon gave the episode the science fiction feel that a Doctor Who story needs, but it maintained the local threat to Earth which made the story an intense watch from start to finish. The spider like creatures that turned out to be parasites were extremely scary as they launched themselves at their victims before devouring them. The idea that the Moon was an egg and during the middle of the 21st century began to hatch was a clever and interesting idea. Although this was obviously an invention, it was thought provoking. Would we as humanity choose to destroy a baby just to ensure it didn’t have any evil intentions, or would we take that risk and let it live? Clara and Captain Lundvik were left to make the decision on behalf of humanity by the Doctor. I liked how the Doctor wanted to leave it to humanity as he saw himself as an alien who didn’t have the right to decide, but he was awful severe in telling Clara he was having nothing to do with it. He didn’t have to be rude or fly off in the TARDIS. Seeing Earth turn out its lights to indicate they wanted the creature destroyed was almost shameful to watch, although I think that’s exactly how the planet would react in such a situation. Clara eventually did the right thing and saved the creature, who then flew away harmlessly after laying another egg to take its place. I can understand the argument that this story is a bit far fetched, but the moral decision made it a fascinating and gripping watch. Peter Harness proved he was excellent at scripting thought provoking episodes, before continuing into series nine with the Zygon two parter. 8/10

Episode 8 – MUMMY ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Similar to Tooth and Claw, this episode smacks two seemingly random things together and creates a masterpiece. The Mummy and the Orient Express travelling through space was a perfect combination to create an intensely claustrophobic and thrilling episode. The Mummy was designed stunningly, it’s dirty and ragged appearance added to how menacing it looked. Only the next victim could see the Mummy for sixty six seconds before they were killed and this concept made each murder so chilling. We were shown just how dark the twelfth Doctor could be in this story and it was brilliant to see. He lacked any sympathy for the Mummy’s victims as he coldly urged them to describe the Mummy to him rather than console them. Although this was quite a sensible thing to do, it was different to see the a Doctor behave like this. I can’t imagine the tenth or eleventh Doctors being so cold. He did eventually act like the Doctor as he took Maisie’s grief so he could see the Mummy instead. The resolution that the Mummy was a soldier and needed to be stood down or he’d keep killing was clever. Gus was a mysterious villain who I’d love to see return. The Doctor said that someone had been trying to get him onboard the train for sometime, we saw him receive a phonecall at the end of The Big Bang which mentioned the Orient Express. Gus definitely has the potential to return as he was crafty, seemed to have immense power and wasn’t physically killed off. I loved Perkins, who was played by Frank Skinner, he added some great comic relief to the episode. Overall this felt like an old fashioned murder mystery and Jamie Mathieson did a great job of bringing it to life with a science fiction twist. The Mummy was terrifying, especially as it reached out and reached its arm out straight through the Doctor like a ghost. 9/10

Episode 9 – FLATLINE

This episode was one of two halves. It started brilliantly with the TARIDS being hilariously and mysteriously miniturised. With the Doctor trapped inside the TARDIS, Clara took the role of the Doctor as her urge for adventure and to be in control increased. When she said to Fenton: “I am the best chance you’ve got of staying alive”, it was clear she was loving her time as the leader of the group. The Boneless were definitely at their best when they were consuming people from the walls and floor. When they eventually took 3D form, I felt as though a lot of what made them initially so frightening had gone. And when they grabbed one of the community service crew and yanked him back the whole length of the tunnel, they demonstrated they had immense power. So why could they not easily just pick off the rest of the group? I enjoyed the Doctor’s own little scenario as he was stuck in the TARDIS and seemingly couldn’t get out. The scene where he landed on the railway line with a train approaching and used his hand to shuffle the TARDIS out of the way through the door was hilarious. The way Clara fooled the Boneless with a fake door to restore the TARDIS’ dimensions was clever. When the Doctor returned though and simply used his sonic screwdriver to repel the Boneless, it was a disappointing, anticlimactic and lazy way to resolve the story. This episode could’ve been brilliant but the resolution along with the Boneless turning into 3D monsters spoiled it. 6/10


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