Those of you who enjoy their ‘Doctor Who’ to be both scientifically accurate and macabre were in for a treat with this weeks episode. For whilst we were treated a lesson in astrophysics we were also subjected to one of the darkest episodes of the modern era.
Knowing what was happening to Pearl Mackie’s ‘Bill’, whilst she didn’t, just made the whole experience so much more heart wrenching. Every hint and clue given by her friend ‘Razor’ to her eventual fate just took you along on ‘Bill’s’ journey towards the suffering of those who had already been converted.
This was both a horrifying and wonderful story. Writer Steve Moffat immersed us in ‘Who’ history whilst at the same time making a contemporary family horror which, in true ‘Doctor Who’ fashion, could of sent the faint of heart dashing to hide behind the sofa.
If the return of the ‘Mondasian Cybermen’, last seen in 1966 in ‘The Tenth Planet’ was teased throughout, the eventual full revel was taken to another level by ‘Bill’s’ conversion. It was John Simm and his return as the ‘Master’ which would have been most ‘Whovian’s’ highlight. His revel being the best I’ve seen since John Hurt’s ‘War Doctor’.
On this form it seems a shame that both Moffat and Peter Capaldi will soon be leaving the franchise. Looks like Chris Chibnall and his choice of ‘Doctor’ will have a hard act to follow.
Marks out of 10: 10