For the past few months I’ve been religiously championing the wonder of this Season/Series of DOCTOR WHO. I felt it demonstrated refined and precise vision, and was setting about aggressively realizing its objectives in a smart and refreshingly consistent manner. DOCTOR WHO, to me at least, was very much on course. Very much the product of careful consideration and often ingenious execution.
Then along came The Zygon Invasion, last week’s installment. Suffering from derailed pacing, inconsistent tone, and the first Peter Capaldi performance I’ve ever come across which felt phoned in, Zygon Invasion missed nearly every one of its marks. Its monsters weren’t suspenseful or provocative. Its core concept was dodgy and filled with significant logic gaps. Its emotions were cloudy and ran shallow. Its sociopolitical allegory was resonant and imminently relevant to be sure, but Invasion didn’t land anywhere near as precisely or effectively as…say…STAR TREK or TWILIGHT ZONE did fifty(ish) years ago. Or as any number of Science Fiction endeavors have managed since then.
The Zygon Invasion was messy and uncertain. It was neither strong enough to successfully make a point, or frothy enough to be seen as a full-on lampoon of the socio-political fodder it was digging into. As a result, it ended up being…well…nothing much at all.
Which brings us to this week’s installment, The Zygon Inversion. Same writer (Peter Harness), same director (Daniel Nettheim), wrapping up the same storyline.
Will all the potential-filled fragments which spun about so aimlessly last week now coalesce into something great? Will this prove to be the swan song for Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald - a possibility strongly implied last week?
This theory might be bolstered by the notion that series overlord Steven Moffat shares scripting credit this time around, suggesting that cannonical developments may be afoot I will say that, if…indeed…Clara has been removed from the equation in this manner, kudos to The Powers That Be for their clever handling and staging of the incident. We’ll see soon enough…
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The Zygon Invasion
The Woman Who Lived
The Girl Who Died
Before the Flood
Under the Lake
The Witch's Familiar
The Magician’s Apprentice
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