The Doctor thinks the TARDIS has landed in the wrong place, but a little girl in a Red Riding Hood-like coat points out that there’s a forest in Trafalgar Square and isn’t it lovely?

Cast and Crew Information

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor
Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald
Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink
Abigail Eaves as Maebh
Jadon Harris-Wallis as Samson
Ashley Foster as Bradley
Harley Bird as Ruby
Michelle Gomez as Missy
Siwan Morris as Maebh’s Mum
Harry Dickman as George
James Weber Brown as Minister
Michelle Asante as Neighbour
Curtis Flowers as Emergency Services Officer
Jenny Hill as herself
Kate Tydman as Paris Reporter
Nana Amoo-Gottfried as Accra Reporter
Eloise Barnes as Annabel

Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Directed by Sheree Folkson
Produced by Paul Frift

Premise

There’s a forest in Trafalgar Square. And the rest of London. And the rest of the planet.

High Point

Danny might be the world’s most tolerant boyfriend.

Low Point

The last scene on Earth was quite definitely the worst bit of Who since… umm… probably some time in Colin Baker’s tenure.

The Review

A definitely original take on a post-apocalyptic overgrown city scenario – without the apocalypse and with added scenes from Little Red Riding Hood.  Five out of six.

The effects are required often to show London landmarks with trees all over them. Unfortunately this is not always very successful. Three out of six.

The story takes an interesting tack but I’m getting used to that this series. Four out of six.

The acting is extremely variable. The regulars are mostly as good as ever, but some of the guests are best left unmentioned. Three out of six.

The production team probably had a lot of fun erecting traffic bollards and lampposts in the middle of a forest, but the whole thing never really looks right to me. Three out of six.

The emotional response isn’t great. Kind of a warm, fuzzy feeling really. Maybe the world’s been threatened with total destruction a few too many times on Doctor Who now for me to care that much. Three out of six.

Overall, I think it was a fairly weak episode which nonetheless had some interesting things to say. Four out of six.

In total, In The Forest Of The Night receives twenty-five out of forty-two.