Doctor Who Review: Cold Blood

The conclusion of the current two-parter sees some predictable things go wrong, and some surprising things as well.

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as the Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill as Rory
Neve McIntosh as Alaya and Restac
Meera Syal as Nasreen Chaudhry
Robert Pugh as Tony Mack
Nia Roberts as Ambrose
Richard Hope as Malohkeh
Stephen Moore as Eldane
Alun Raglan as Mo
Samuel Davies as Elliot

Written by Chris Chirnall

Produced by Peter Bennett

Directed by Ashley Way

Originally aired on the 29th of May 2010 on BBC One/BBC HD in the United Kingdom.


Following the events of the previous episode, Amy has to find her way out of captivity and the Doctor has a war to avert.

High Points

  • Amy takes positive action
  • “Hello other me!”

Low Points

  • Restac’s inevitable actions were a bit too inevitable

    The Scores

    Originality: Ah, humans. Always mucking things up – with some help from stupid military types of course. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Three out of six.

    Effects: Five out of six.

    Story: Good stuff. Five out of six.

    Acting: Also good stuff. Very good stuff actually. I very much enjoyed Meera Syal as Nasreen. Six out of six.

    Emotional response: Five out of six. Something actually important does happen, and it happens importantly.

    Production: Some of the background music felt a little overdone to my taste, but the Silurian city looks great. Four out of six.

    Overall: A rather enjoyable and certainly significant episode. This series’ overall arc is blending in very well, too. Five out of six.

    Cold Blood receives a grand total of thirty-four out of forty-two.

    5 replies on “Doctor Who Review: Cold Blood”

    1. Not sure exactly where, but I feel these scores should have been a bit higher.

      Also, doesn’t that crack need to be closed before it does to the rest of the world what it did to Rory?

      • Nah, this was a regular “small” crack, not the massive one the angels were messing with.

        I think the scores for the entire season should’ve been higher, so far. Like a permanent +5 “Whoa Factor” score.

    2. Wow just wow. Powerful episode. I can’t believe they did that. No one is safe on Moffat’s who.

      I can’t believe that they sucked us in for so many episodes only to kill Rory off. This must have been planned the whole season, and if it was it was excellently executed too. We come to care about Rory’s character and then pow he’s gone . The impact of the ending give me an idea what the fix to the crack is going to end up being. I think the crack is following Amy and not the doctor. I think Amy is not supposed to exist, at least not in this universe. I think in the finale Amy will have to seal the crack by sacrificing herself. That’ll be a depressing but powerful ending, and be the second primary companion in a row to have their life ruined by the Doctor, but perhaps if she sacrifices herself, she’ll be able to save Rory. Anyway, that’s all speculation though .

      • It’s painfully obvious they’re just going to bring him back, the ring he gave her is still in the TARDIS so she’ll remember him at some point and it be a major point in wrapping up the main plot of the season.

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