May. 22nd, 2017

Well, that was...

Here's where the non-spoilers bit runs into problems. It's very difficult to talk about what I thought of this episode as a whole without getting into spoilers. So I'll do what I can, and try very hard to hint obliquely when I can't. Fair?

I very, very much liked the design of this episode. There was a lush feeling about it, especially the middle bit. I also enjoyed the acting a lot. Some of Moffat's script goes a bit over the top, but the acting? Never. The Doctor, Bill, and (especially) Nardole are excellent and believable. I actually enjoyed large parts of it a heck of a lot. I will say that I know certain people who will have issues with this episode about two-thirds of the way through, to which I say...keep watching to the end.

And, of course, there are a few ridiculous bits. Which is also fine; they fly by fairly quickly. (And Bill has a pretty big bedroom, I've got to say.) There is a plot thread in the episode that confirmed that I was absolutely correct about a plot thread in the season. But I was fairly impressed with this script, on the whole. I enjoyed it, mostly. It's one of those "consider it afterwards, rather than just in the moment" episodes. Could have been better named, though--especially by adding one word to the title.

Wow. What can I say? Well, the past few weeks have been "Doctor Who does X genre," right? I was actually surprised by what X was this week.

And I'm getting dangerously close to spoilers, so...I'd better cut it here. If you'd like, we can talk about it in the comments!

NEXT WEEK: Egypt! Land of the Pharaohs and..."The Pyramid at the End of the World," by (please let it not suck) Peter Harness and Steven Moffat. [nerdjoke]Man, wouldn't it be great if Colin Baker and Michael Keating showed up in it?[/nerdjoke]

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