On Saturday, the latest episode of Doctor Who was aired by the BBC. I’ve finally been able to see it, and I can’t really say it was a great episode.
I never expected it to be great, because it is, and was meant to be, a sort of ‘calm before the storm’. It isn’t the first of a two-parter, so it’s just a standalone episode for the Doctor to go gallavanting around on his own. With the knowledge that he will soon die, he goes back to visit Craig, the guy we met back in The Lodger. It was nice to see him again, and a bit funny to see him trying to ‘cope’ with having to care for his baby son alone while his wife goes for a short holiday. With Craig, the Doctor later discovers that there are loads of Cybermen nearby. Because I am a new Whovian, I haven’t seen an earlier episode featuring the Cybermen, so I was a little confused about how evil these guys are supposed to be. This is just me, and I’m sure no one who’s seen loads of other Cybermen episodes can agree with me, but the Cybermen don’t seem so evil (according to this episode, anyway). This story never really conveyed how bad they – or I’m sure they – are, and when they are finally defeated, the is solution rather anticlimactic and unclever.
The episode definitely got exciting in the last five or so minutes, when the Doctor gets ready to go to Lake Silencio, where he will meet his fate, and we see River Song taken by the Silence. The last few minutes raise a lot of questions, and really gets you excited for the last episode, which I am really anticipating. Another thing we get to see (throughout the entire episode) is how old the Doctor feels now, underneath his youthful appearance and personality. I thought the way Matt Smith portrayed an aging Doctor was very good, especially in the scene where he talks to Craig’s son.
All in all, this episode wasn’t spectacular, but I don’t really think that’s what the producers meant it to be. It really gets you pumped up for the series finale, which I think is its main role in the series overall.