Something to chew onâ€¦ but not as much as it wants.
This is the first episode of series 4 Iâ€™ve had some serious doubts about. After last weekâ€™s cliffhanger of sorts, I felt sure that this week would prove to be a real fantastic romp of an episode.
But itâ€™s hampered by an extremely slow start, an initially confusing design for an alien creature and the very title of the episode itself, is never really encapsulated upon to my tastes.
In nuWho, the Doctor is a solitary figure. Heâ€™s absolutely alone in the sense that he knows that he is the Last of his kind. So whenever he gets a whisper of possibility that their might be othersâ€™ of his speciesâ€™ still kicking about, he gets very, very scared. And very protective.
But weâ€™ve seen this before in the Master. Despite everything the Master did in the last three episodes of Series 3, the Doctor still found it within himself to grieve, to suffer, to cry, at his eventual death.
Or â€˜deathâ€™. But thatâ€™s another story. On another forum.
Review. So if youâ€™re going to tap into that idea of the Doctor not really being alone, youâ€™d best do something damn different with it.