We’re in classic Doctor Who territory this week, in a story that could have been written to a similar resolution without his presence.
Series 10, episode 9 aired a couple of days ago. How is it feeding into the season ending cliffhanger?
“The plot this week feels like they were making it up as they were going along.”
“If they did, they were browsing TV tropes at the time.”
–conversation, my house, last night
The invasion heralded last week begins with weaker writing than we’ve seen this season, but a review will wait until we’ve learned where it’s going to go. In the meantime, here’s the place to discuss “The Pyramid at the End of the World,” the monks, deals with the devil, and a certain curiously understaffed laboratory.
“Doctor, here’s a tip: When I’m on a date, when that rare and special thing happens in my real life, do not, do not under any circumstances put the pope in my bedroom!”
The episode begins as Doctor Who meets Umberto Eco/Dan Brown and H.P. Lovecraft/Robert W. Chambers, and for all the talk of mass suicides and death, it’s surprisingly hilarious.
The second half takes a dark turn based on some familiar SF tropes.
We also learn who is in the vault and why the Doctor took his vow.
“Space: the final frontier…”
After the cheeky opening, the heaviest episode of the new season (thus far) takes the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole to a station under attack and a shocking twist.
We’re catching up on this season’s Doctor Who.
This season continues to find a Whovian sweet spot, its premises outlandish, but not so outlandish as to be in a completely foreign country from its audience.
This week finds the Doctor, Bill, and a bunch of millennials in a house of horrors. Dark doings and terrifying tropes are afoot—and (of course) the cell phones won’t work.
We’ve fallen behind with Doctor Who, so we’re going to attempt three reviews in three days, getting us up-to-date by Sunday. We’ll start with the third episode of the current season, which sees the Doctor and Bill at the 1814 Frost Fair—the last time the Thames froze solid enough to have one.
There really was an elephant.
The Doctor and his companion find something else, something history doesn’t record.
We’re a little behind in our reviews.
They will return shortly, and we should be caught up by next week.
Meanwhile, here’s a recent Whatculture video with one ranking of the Doctor’s various incarnations: