Steven Moffat and Peter Harness join forces to bring us this masterpiece of Doctor Who writing. It certainly hails that the series is still indeed alive with plenty more tricks up its sleeve.
Of course true doctor who fans do need to get past one or two bothersome irks that are ever present within the new series. Like, why does the Doctor take a plane instead of his ever faithful TARDIS? Clara is still seen as a tad helpless compared to other companions in the past, and why – dear me – why are we still going with the sonic sunglasses?!? I mean, I know wearable tech is in these days, but honestly!
Despite these little hits to the old fans, this collaboration between writers Moffat and Harness still show that the Doctor can still make us shed a tear for humans and aliens alike. The ending (no spoilers obviously) was just enough to excuse these previous breaks from Whovian tradition (although i still think the screwdriver should be a thing).
This new 2-part episode catches up with the Zygons after their encounter with not one, but three doctors from the 50th Anniversary Special. A stalemate was the outcome as well as the aversion of a nuclear bomb going off in central London – whoop! Thanks to Matt Smith’s Doctor, both Zygons and humans averted disaster by receiving a hefty dose of amnesia. Another result was the creation of two Petranella Osgood characters – one human and one Zygon.
Last season brought about the death of one Osgood. But we don’t know which one kicked the bucket – the human Osgood, or the Zygon Osgood. This was a lovely little gem to bring Osgood back into the series (albeit we don’t know which Osgood it is).
Enter the Zygons again for another stab at war with the human race. A battle for freedom through anger and revenge on the part of the Zygons.
Dark copies of our favourite characters are created, deceit is everywhere, and, of course, there is the threat of the end of the world as usual.
Jenna Coleman’s portrayal of Clara is a little iffy as described by other Doctor Who fans. However she plays her dark counterpart beautifully!
Special mention must be made to Peter Capaldi as his play of the Doctor shines in the second part of this alien masterpiece. Long have we waited for Capaldi’s chance to pluck at the heartstrings of his viewers. And it was definitely a performance that reminds us of the previous episodes and one which we will want to re-visit again and again. Definitely one to re-watch.
However, is it enough to excuse the breaks from Doctor Who tradition? Peter Capaldi is a marvellous doctor, but we find the writers don’t seem to be giving him enough time in an episode to connect with the audience. We are bamboozled with complex story lines and fast, choppy dialogue that we rarely get to connect with the characters emotionally. And seriously! Sonic Sunglasses!?!
What do you think of the new Doctor who episodes? Do you like Peter Capaldi? as our time travelling alien? Who was your favourite Doctor?? Let’s talk TARDIS! 🙂