Kieran Brannan

Doctor Who- Under the Lake/Before the Flood

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File photo dated 22/08/14 of Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, who has criticised the BBC for treating Doctor Who "as a pawn in a Saturday night warfare Picture by: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

File photo dated 22/08/14 of Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, who has criticised the BBC for treating Doctor Who “as a pawn in a Saturday night warfare
Picture by: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ghosts, monsters and secret love. Do I hear another mind blowing two parter? Well…kind of.

When it comes to Doctor Who we can all guess by now that something not to great is going to happen when a crew of military personnel are on a station that is either on a remote planet, underwater or in the middle of space something is going to go terribly wrong.
In the case of this two parter it consists of when the crew salvage a ship that was found in a scan outside the base, cue exciting opening theme music.

The episode was taken under the wing by DW veteran, Toby Whithouse, who is also remembered for bringing Sarah Jane back into the NuWho fold along with K-9 and also for pitting the 10th Doctor against, well, Satan.

The biggest downfall I felt while watching this first episode was the fact I knew I wasn’t going to know anything until the following week, however at the same time that is why I love these types of episodes because it gets myself and members of the Whovian community all a-buzz guessing what could possibly happen! And this cliff hanger was a doozy…

***SPOILER ALERT, I REPEAT SPOILER AHEAD***

…Still with us? At the end of the first of this episode we are left to believe that the Doctor is dead!

Trapped underwater with a gaggle of ghosts while the Doctor runs off to the past to figure out what caused all of this to happen in the first place, Clara really looks like she’s out of luck.

Episode 4 on the other hand however was the let down to this mini serial. I felt the whole situation was overly predictable and there was major under usage of the key villain, the monstrous Fisher King. A towering brute with a shell on his back and anger in his voice. A voice that was jointly created by Peter Serafinowicz (Sean of the Dead, Black Books) with the scream/roar being provided by Corey Taylor, the front man for renowned rock group Slipknot.

These episodes had plenty of promise but at the same time it needed a thicker curtain if it wanted to shock me when it was pulled back.

Capaldi’s doctor reminds me more and more of each classic Doctor the more he gets to stretch his legs on screen, constantly seeming to shoot from the Third Doctor, to the Sixth then back to the First and so on and I believe that could be one of the reasons that Peter is slowly but surly rising through the ranks of my favourite Doctor.

Dont get me wrong, no one will ever hold my heart like David Tennent however there could be a fight for it.

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