Doctor Who Season 9.08 – uoısɹǝʌuı uoƃʎz ǝɥʇ

maxresdefaultIt’s odd but the thing I found most disturbing about last week’s episode – the ‘gift to UKIP’ aspect  – wasn’t really addressed in “The Zygon Inversion”, just swept under the carpet. Curious.

Most of that, and any form of resolution or clarification was jettisoned in favour of . . . actually, pretty much quality entertainment

I’m not sure we needed to see Clara stuck in an inescapable vessel, influencing the outside world and scaring others of her ilk again. We saw that schick in Asylum of the Daleks right the way back when she was still Souffle Girl.  It didn’t really add anything to Clara’s character and felt like her she was just treading water. Being wheeled about in a zygon pod didn’t help, either. That was remarkably silly.

But despite the silliness of that, there was an incredible amount to enjoy, from the terror of the Zygon (smirk) caught up in unwanted change; Jenna Coleman pulling a tremendous definitely-not-Clara performance out with Bonnie; and the utterly sublime Osgood, serious kicking arse in the name of the Doctor.

Starting as little more than a comedy sidekick, essentially replacing Lee Evans (a bit too OTT) character,Doctor Malcolm Taylor from “Planet of the Dead”, Osgood has developed into the most essential character in this Doctor’s entourage. That she turned down the chance to travel with the Doctor caused howls of anguish! She could quite easily given Donna a run for her money as ‘Best Companion in New Who” but, as you would expect, she did the (Donna) noble thing and stayed behind to save the Earth.  I do hope she’ll be back.  And a lot!

Of course, the interesting thing here is that not knowing which Osgood was killed, the real one or the Zygon copy, and with Osgood refusing to tell even the Doctor, now that that Clara/Bonnie has become Osgood 2, there’s a strong possibility that there are now two Zygons in powerful positions at UNIT.  

Suddenly, Missy’s comment in The Witches Familiar:

********************“In a way, this is why I gave her (Clara) to you in the first place. To make you see. The friend inside the enemy. The enemy inside the friend. Everyone’s a bit of both. Everyone’s… a hybrid.”

********************is becoming more . . . intriguing.  We have so many people now who could be the Hybrid of Time Lord legend, I can’t even begin to guess who or what is happening.  In some ways, this is taking me right back to Christopher Eccleston’s run, when we didn’t really have much of a clue that  story arc was even possible.  I can only applaud this. I can only applaud making Doctor Who exiting again.

I get the impression that Kate’s Stewart’s fate at the end of last episode was only there so she could make the ultimate fanboy squee comment, re-using  the dear, departed Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge Stewart’s line “Five Rounds Rapid” (actually the name of Nicholas Courtney’s autobiography).

Yes, I squeed.   Of course I did.

The Zygons seem to be easily duped by arrogance, having been fooled by both Elizabeth the First and Kate Stewart pulling the exact same stunt.  It’s time they wised up to it, really . . .

What came as a huge surprise though, that the second part of the Zygon Invasion/Inversion was so small.

What it started off last week as a world spanning fight against terrorism – with it’s weird UKIP agenda – lost its expansive outlook and boiled down basically, to an argument between two people in a sunless bunker about the contents of a box.

Looking like a twisted version of Family Fortunes and hosted by Hughie Green, this climactic sequence was utterly electric, jaw dropping stuff!

And really, in terms of story, nothing else in that episode really mattered. It’s all down to *that* conversation, *that* speech, *that* microcosm of the processes of war.  Directly before the Remembrance Day Commemorations, no less. The timing was probably not a coincidence and The Zygon Inversion is quite possibly the best TV anti-war statement since the final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth.

While there may be some doubt about that, there can be no doubt that this was Capaldi’s finest performance as the Doctor.  Never mind the showboating uber-entrance with guitar and tank, this is the real Doctor; the one haunted by his actions and desperate to make amends.

For the 15th time, apparently.

This episode, these two episodes, are among the finest the Doctor Who has offered up since the reboot. And almost certainly the best ‘part two’.  Even if it was written by the guy who wrote ‘Kill The Moon’. (Shut it, Spencer!)

Extraordinary, marvellous telly.

And I mean that most sincerely, friends . . . .

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