Doctor Who “The Zygon Invasion” Spoiler-Free Preview

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Leaving the woman who lived to get on with the rest of her very long life (and put into action whatever her mysterious plan is) the Doctor returns to present day Earth for a story that involves old enemies The Zygons. But not perhaps, in quite the way might be expecting. So what can we tell you about this Saturday’s Doctor Who episode, “The Zygon Invasion”, without giving anything away that you don’t know already?

1 It starts like a fairy tale but that doesn’t last very long at all.

2 This is the episode that some fans have been waiting for for over 10 years – it’s the kind of Doctor Who many old-school fans were hoping for before the relaunched show went for a more family entertainment angle instead.

3 It’s part urban thriller, part James Bond (Daniel Craig era), part Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (which isn’t a spoiler, honest… you must know the Zygons’ MO by now, surely?)

4 Osgood’s return is very satisfactorily explained. Then expanded upon. Then becomes one of the best things about the episode.

5 It’s incredibly tense in places.

6 And if you want gritty, you’ve got it – though that’s gritty through a prism of Who. It’s not Alien, it’s about as gritty as Who’s ever been.

7 The Doctor looks in danger of being arrested for loitering at one point.

8 You get to see at least five different Doctors.

9 The use of the Zygons is very clever. And that doesn’t mean gimmicky clever, but good writing clever.

10 Like in the Barry Letts/Pertwee era, it takes an issue in the news and dramatises is; sometimes subtly, sometimes not so subtly. Capaldi has never sounded so much like the third Doctor.

11 Is telling you that the cliffhanger is brilliant even necessary by now? Clearly this “season of to parters” was partly created to produce some of the best cliffhangers ever.

12 It’s a very good episode for Jenna Coleman.

13 Clara is not impressed with what the Doctor calls himself. He calls himself something even stranger later.

14 “It’s a Trivial Pursuit question.”

15 The Doctor makes use of something left over from series eight.

16 A past companion is referenced – though not named – in great piece of fan-pleasing continuity.

17  A rolling cliché of the western genre suddenly takes on a sinister new meaning… 

18 The Doctor claims he’s carrying on a tradition… but he keeps it well out of sight.

19 The rules have changed to stop “I think you’ll find…” fans (and the Doctor) making a logical leap.

20 Despite one spectacularly bad piece of casting (too much baggage) and and a couple of “huh?” moments this could well earn our first five-star review of the series so far. There’s a lot to love.


 

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