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Doctor Who – 9.7: The Zygon Invasion

Who for Whovians. That seems to be the theme of series nine so far. A theme that continues with this weeks episode ‘The Zygon Invasion’. It’s almost as if Show Runner and Executive Producer Steven Moffat has stopped caring if the ‘Dweeks’ get upset and gone full on classic Who.

To say ‘The Zygon Invasion’ was good would be doing it a disservice. Writer Peter Harness has created a contemporary story that could easily have slotted into the Jon Pertwee era. The episode sparked with great dialogue and was so well paced that it almost felt too short. There was so many twists and turns that the audience could have easily gotten lost. Director Daniel Nettheim should be congratulated on the fact that we didn’t.

As mentioned before it had the feel of a Jon Pertwee era episode. I’m not sure if this was due to the presence of UNIT, the use of the Zygons or just the fact that (like most of Pertwee’s episodes) it was action packed. So much so at times it also felt a little like it could have been a lost ‘Torchwood’ episode. Despite this it was the Tom Baker era story ‘Terror of the Zygons’ (the one with the Loch Ness Monster in) that seemed to be referenced more than any other. If you haven’t seen it then seek it out; it makes a great companion piece to ‘The Zygon Invasion’. Of course this episode directly links to the ‘The Day of the Doctor’. Apparently Moffat has said this was always the plan.

Peter Capaldi has been so good this whole season but, he seemed to take a slight step back and let those around shine this time. Jenna Coleman was amazing and showed what a great villain she could make; it almost reminded me of evil ‘Willow’ in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. But it was Ingrid Oliver as ‘Osgood’ you should really be taking most of the plaudits. Once again making a very good case for the ‘Osgood for the next companion’ lobby.

‘The Zygon Invasion’ was a strong episode in what, so far, has been a very strong series. In fact my favourite of the series so far. The second episode in this two part story, ‘The Zygon Inversion’, has a hard first act to follow.

Rating out of 10: 10

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