Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion
The truce is broken. The Zygons are restless and want to be free to be their selves and Osgood is trapped in the middle of the conflict. Cue what could be the Doctors most political adventure yet.
We haven’t seen the Zygons in action since the 50th anniversary special ‘The Day of The Doctor’ where three of the Time Lords previous incarnations (Matt Smith, David Tennent and John Hurt) helped create a mutual agreement between the Zygon and human races to allow them live in harmonious peace.
The episode starts with what seems to be a regular statement from both Osgood’s (remember the Zygon one from TDOTD?) about how they are in charge of a device the Doctor left in case the ceasefire was ever broken, a device known as “The Osgood Box”. This was the first confusing part of this episode for me as I noticed the Osgood box was extremely reminiscent of The Moment, the weapon John Hurt’s War Doctor was prepared to use to end the Time war wiping out Time Lords and Daleks alike and burning his home planet of Gallifrey out of the skies forever. A terrifying concept, no?
The who serial has an air of rebellion about it, the same way many people feel in IRL about governments and controlling powers and the urge to fight against what they see to be a corrupt system.
The Doctor is drawn into the fray when he receives a message from Osgood simply saying “Nightmare Scenario”, the fear of which causes the Time Lord to stop playing his guitar, yes the guitar is back again, and head straight for Earth.
Truth or Consequences. These three words vibrate through both episodes always as a threat but not necessarily in the same way; for instance using it as the war cry of a disenchanted group of Zygons all the way to being the choice between life or death of the inhabitants of Planet Earth, terrestrial or otherwise.
Of course it wouldn’t be a brilliant two-parter without a brilliant cliff hanger at the end of the first half of this epic journey…
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…Clara turns out to be a Zygon duplicate, and not just any Zygon, but the commander of the rebellious splinter faction that has dreams on taking over our little blue and green blob that we call home. And to make it even more dangerous, The Doctors Presidential aeroplane gets blasted out the sky by a rocket! Honestly can’t the poor man just chill in his room and play his guitar?
Again we are shown Clara being left on her own without the Doctor in this episode, continuing this theme that was started in episode 1 of this series. The Doctor seems to keep leaving her to deal with situations without him; now at this stage I still cannot work out whether that is because he trusts her to look after herself because, well, we all know Miss Oswald is capable of that. My other theory is that the Doctor is trying to get Clara to decide to leave him on her own without The Doctor telling her. It’s like he thinks that if she has adventure on her own she may decide that she doesn’t need the doctor to have fun and this way she won’t be under his “duty of care” any more and she’ll be less likely to die.
The Concluding part of this episode contains ‘one of those speeches’ you know the ones, the ones that the Doctor gives and all of a sudden all his pain and anger and raw emotion come bubbling, spitting and spewing to the top and you get hit right in the feels. A decision is offered to both Kate Stewart and Faux-Clara aka the Zygon commander.
This is where the Osgood box comes back into play, sorry did I say box? I mean BOXES! Two Osgood’s, two boxes and finally, two choices; Truth or Consequences.
Definitely an episode that everyone is going to come back to in years to come when discussing defining moments in the Doctors history so I’ll give it five TARDIS’s our of five