This week’s episode sets up an excellent, globe-spanning mystery. Some viewers might find the solution to be a bit plastic.

Title: “Praxeus”

Directed by Jamie Magnus Stone
Written by Chris Chibnall and Pete McTighe

Cast
Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor
Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair
Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan
Bradley Walsh as Graham O’Brien
Warren Brown as Jake Willis
Matthew McNulty as Adam Lang
Molly Harris as Suki Cheng
Joana Borja as Gabriela Camera
Thapelo Maropefela as Aramu
Gabriela Toloi as Jamila Velez
Soo Drouet as Joyce
Tristan de Beer as Zach Olson

Premise

The Doctor and her companions investigate several mysteries spread across the world—including a few really odd birds— trying to make the connection before irreversible disaster strikes.

High Point

The range of mysteries, set in different areas, work quite well. This episode has an engaging, effectively-paced first half.

Low Points

I have no problem with contemporary messages in Doctor Who— they’ve always been a a part of SF — but the solution and its resolution tumble into unrestrained preaching, and I’m not certain the episode earns its moralizing.

The Scores

Originality: 3/6 The use of so many settings in one episode is uncommon in Doctor Who. The main menace, of course, recalls a certain Hitchcock classic.

Story: 4/6

Acting: 5/6 The acting is uneven, though the supporting cast generally do well with the limited screen time permitted for each character. Mandip Gill gets some strong moments as Yasmin Khan.

Emotional Response: 4/6

Production: 6/6 The episode impressed me with its direction and use of setting.

Effects: 5/6 The effects linger behind the rest of the production.

Overall: 4/6

In total, “Praxeus” receives 31/42