It’s that time of the year when the gramother’s stories (the grandma number 5 in Doctor’s case) become reality, and the contact between the Universe we are in and another conscious Universe could become the subject of a very interesting subject.
But, nevertheless, the few very good ideas could not save the episode – it didn’t have the consistency to be very interesting. Not really. The almost empty house in the Norwegian fjord was a good start of the episode, the blind and scared girl (Hanne) and the howling from outside could continue the idea pretty good to make the Sunday night episode deserve to watch. But, eventually, it was all about a father trying to keep his daughter inside while he was gone. In another Universe, to be with the girl’s dead mother. I say it again, the ideas are interesting, but putting them into images could be better.
Ribbons, the alien obsessed with food from the anti-zone tunnels became shortly food for some creatures. Even when he should have been prepared to avoid that. The conscious Universe’s cohesion holds on while it’s not visited by too many people from other Universes, but after they left it’s not capable to keep the Doctor in.
Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Ed Hime and Joy Wilkinson.
Cast: Sharon D. Clarke (Grace), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Kevin Eldon (Ribbons), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Christian Rubeck (Erik), Lisa Stokke (Trine), Ellie Wallwork (Hanne), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).
The next episode, the last one of series 11, will have probably more action than this one, or the last episodes in general: answering nine separate distress calls, the Doctor and team arrive on the remnants of a brutal battlefield on the planet Ranskoor Av Kolos. This planet has many secrets. An amnesiac commander? Mysterious mists? Who or what do you think are the Ux? A deadly reckoning awaits the Doctor and team once they have the answers… and everything will probably end in smoke and ashes.