Doctor Who, series 11, episode 8 – The witchfinders

Arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. The Christians could not spill the blood of other humans, so, in that times the accusers used to put the defendant through some deadly trials to prove their innocence.

If the defendant had died drowning he / she was considered innocent and his / her soul would get to heaven. If the defendant had survived that means the devil helped him / her and he / she was guilty to any of the charges were made and he / she was going to be hanged.

The episode is a little better that the previous ones: after the firsts unusual moments there was a mystery to be solved, some zombie lurking through the little village and an alien army captive under a hill for a very long time. When a woman cut down a tree because it was blocking her view she weakened the tech locks that keep the aliens inside, and some of them get out and they want to free the rest. An idea good enough to a clear conflict, especially because the presence of the king only made the tension grow up. Unfortunately that the Doctor solved the problem by pure luck, not by a clear plan (something to be recognized by everyone).

Directed by Sallie Aprahamian, written by Joy Wilkinson. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Alan Cumming (King James I), Siobhan Finneran (Becka Savage), Tilly Steele (Willa Twiston), Tricia Kelly (Old Mother Twiston), Arthur Kay (Smithy), Stavros Demetraki (Alfonso).

The next episode, It takes you away, brings the TARDIS team on the edge of a Norwegian fjord in the present day. The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. Do you want to find out what has happened there? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 07 – Kerblam!

When the Doctor gets a message asking for help she accepts to do something about it and she takes her companions (Graham, Yaz and Ryan) to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer. An institution fully automated, run by a system using robots, but it’s forced to hire 10% of its employees human – the law says that and the human in the management enforce this even the activities could be automated too.

One man is not please with it, he wants more jobs for people and more money for them, and he kills people to get what he wants: to discredit the company and to make it hire more people to replace the robots considered inefficient. But the system reacts to this and it tries to stop him, including by calling for specialized help like the Doctor.

The episode could be better. There was mystery, there was surprise (the identity of the terrorist), there was tragedy (some innocent people dead), but the action was lazy. Again. And the characters of the plot (it was more like a plot than a detective story solving a mystery) ignore some elementary things when they had to get into places they shouldn’t have. The episode was more for kids than for fans of all ages (as other episodes of this series) searching more or less to get new fans for the show.

Directed by Jennifer Perrott, written by Pete McTighe.

Cast: Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Callum Dixon (Jarva Slade), Leo Flanagan (Charlie Duffy), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Matthew Gravelle (Kerblam (voice)), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Judy Maddox), Claudia Jessie (Kira Arlo), Lee Mack (Dan Cooper), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).

Next episode, The Witchfinders: arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. With the arrival of King James I, the hunt for witches intensifies. However, could something more dangerous be at play? Can the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan keep the populous of Bilehurst Cragg safe from the forces surrounding the land?

 

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Doctor Who, series 11, episode 6 – Demons of the Punjab

The sixth episode of series 11 was better than the previous episode, it made me keeping me watching it until the end, but it seems it was missing something. It remained on the historical side of Doctor Who show putting the characters in the year 1947, the moment when the Indian state was divided because of religious motifs (and becoming the India we know today and Pakistan).

A moment that touched millions of lives, considering the big number of dead people and the huge number of refugees that had to move in other parts of the Earth to survive and live a normal life. Yaz’s grandma was one of the refugees, the first women that was married in Pakistan but she had to run away after her husband was killed in the wedding day. She kept a lot of things hidden about that period, about the monsters with human faces and about the assassins-aliens-made-witnesses with demonic face, but when one have access to a TARDIS and one has the Doctor among one’s friends why one wouldn’t made a trip back in time to meet one’s grandma in her wedding day?

For Yaz it hasn’t been an easy trip: any mistake could have changed her grandmother’s future enough to erase her granddaughter from existence. But it wasn’t easy for the Doctor either: the alien demons they’ve met were a part of ancient species of assassins. The destruction of their native planet transformed them into something else.

The episode would have been more interesting if it wasn’t so soft (if I could say it so). The first episodes of season 11 were full of action, but it was lost later. If it wasn’t the case, this episode could have had the chance to become one of the best one of the entire show.

Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Vinay Patel. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Leena Dhingra (Nani Umbreen), Amita Suman (Umbreen), Shane Zaza (Prem), Hamza Jeetooa (Manish), Shaheen Khan (Hasna), Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan), Emma Fielding (voice of Kisar)), Nathalie Cuzner (performance of Kisar), Isobel Middleton (voice of Almak), Barbara Fadden (Performance of Almak).

The next episode, Kerblam!, is about a mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer.

Doctor Who, series 11, episode 5 – The Tsuranga Conundrum

This episode was rather funny than serious: the Doctor and her companions were in danger, but I couldn’t feel the tensions at all. The creature eating inorganic components of the ship was something between Crazy Frog and Gremlin, something rather hilarious than grizzly.

I would rather say that this episode was meant for children rather then the older fans. I almost lost interest watching it, I took a break twice while watching. Not even P’Ting’s appetite or the possibility of destroying remotely the ship Tsuranga (if it were contaminated) weren’t interesting enough to be very interested in finding out how it ends.

The only good thing in the episode are, I would say, the characters: each one of them found his / her place in action, bringing some sort of contribution in solving problems. Ok, ok, the pregnant guy that gave birth to a baby boy (guys give birth only to boys, women give birth only to girls, right?) was hilarious and sort of useless half of episode, but, at least, he took 3 other characters to a safe place, away of the little and dangerous monster.

We’ve got to the half of the series 11, maybe the rest of the episodes will be better then this one, directe by Jennifer Perrott and written by Chris Chibnall. Maybe we’ll meet Ryan’s father, he was talking a lot about him already. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Doc Brown (Durkas Cicero – as Ben Bailey-Smith), Lois Chimimba (Mabli), Brett Goldstein (Astos), Suzanne Packer (Eve Cicero), Jack Shalloo (Yoss), David Shields (Ronan).

Next expisode: India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Watch the episode 6 to find out who they are and what they want?