I apologize that this review will be brief. I’ve been terribly busy at work and haven’t been able to get caught up with most things outside of work. That said….I would NEVER miss an episode of Doctor Who.I’ve managed to read a few other reviews, and most folks out there in internet-land have lackluster feelings about this episode, as do I. I liked it, but as previously stated, I’m a bit forgiving with my Doctor Who and don’t hold the show to task for blurring the lines a little. Or a lot.
The Doctor, Clara and her two charges (a boy and girl) arrive at the largest amusement park in the universe. Only it’s shut down and inhabited only by a couple of weird dudes (one of which is played by Warwick Davis who was wonderful, even though I just called him a weird dude) and some soldiers working a punishment post. This galaxy was destroyed some time ago to stop the Cybermen and oh, they are coming back wouldn’t you know! By the thousands!
There were many, many things going on at one time in this episode, including Clara as captain of the soldiers, the kids being “assimilated”, threats to nuke the planet, cyber bugs and Cybermen that moved as fast as modern TV vampires. However, the centerpiece of the episode was a partially assimilated Doctor battling against himself in a cunning game of chess for his very mind. Brilliant work by Matt Smith and great dialogue. I almost wish this part had been slowed down and savored for the wonder that it was. As is, it felt rushed and sandwiched in with the so many, many other things going on.
The briefest of summaries – There are no Cybermen. There are Cybermen! The Cybermen attack. The people fight back. Triumph comes, but not as expected. Planet is nuked.
Final Thoughts & Worthy Mentions:
- No revelations about Clara and who she is that I could determine.
- Best use of a Golden Ticket since that Wonka fellow.
- Porridge (Warwick Davis’ character) proposes to Clara. It was very sweet, but strange.
- Next week is the season finale. Feels like it happened too fast. Hate that I’m no closer to solving any “mysteries” than I was at the start. Oh well, I have two more days of theories and spoilers to root through.