For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Doctor Who Season 12 Ep. 8: The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Doctor Who has a long history of spooky ghost stories and almost as a sub-category to those spooky stories set in buildings where corridors and rooms move. The Haunting of Villa Diodati definitely falls into sub-category, and shares a lineage with the McCoy era Ghost Light and Matt Smith’s The God Complex. Even the Detained episode of the short lived spin-off Class is cut from a similar cloth.

There is always a danger with Doctor Who ghost episodes that they can end up being a little cynical; because ghosts aren’t real are they, or are they? The Haunting of Villa Diodati was in no way inflicted with cynicism. In fact it felt close to tone to the 2018 Netfilx series The Haunting of Hill House. There were genuine scares and even one horrifying moment.

The Lone Cyberman was also somehow more terrifying than they usually are. Cybermen are usually frightening, but not evil; they always feel they’re doing the right thing. Patrick O’Kane’s Lone Cyberman was evil, vindictive, and without mercy. This was made all the better by a strong performance.

For all the scares the episode was not light on humour. The Doctor and her companions all had some great lines. The supporting cast were also all well served by a strong script. Although it was not funny lines that won the night, Stefan Bednarczyk’s, as the valet Fletcher, well timed eye rolls and sighs had me laughing out loud numerous times.

As a run in to a two part end of season story The Haunting if Villa Diodati also had echo’s of the Tennant era Utopia, which also ran into the two part end of season story. Like Utopia this never felt like just a prologue and as an episode could happily stand on its own two feet.

This will go down as a classic episode. For those who still hate Jodie’ Doctor, it must becoming pretty hard to point at anything else but her gender when there is quality like this in her era. Let’s hope the final two episodes of the series carry on with the same calibre.

Marks out of 10: 10

Related Posts
The Three Doctors Team Up in End of the Beginning

The Universe is in a state of crisis, facing destruction from the results of a strange spatio-temporal event. And the Doctor is involved in three different incarnations - each caught Read more

The legend of “See You Next Wednesday”

See You Next Wednesday began as a recurring gag for film director John Landis. He took the line from the 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, where it is the Read more

Revolution of the Daleks “The Defence Drones” teaser released

Doctor Who's Revolution of the Daleks has released a teaser titled The Defence Drones. Your future is in safe hands. 01.01.2021.

Preview: Doctor Who – Time Lord Victorious Road To The Dark Times (Bluray)

A compendium of stories exploring the Time Lord Victorious universe. The Dark Times. A universe where Death is still finding its feet. A universe where terrible races are born into Read more

Preview: Doctor Who – The Web of Fear (Bluray)

In order to escape an attack in space, the TARDIS makes an unscheduled landing and ends up deep inside the London Underground. Here the travellers soon find themselves engulfed in Read more

Preview: Doctor Who – The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 Volume 1

Big Finish is back with Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 Volume 1. This set contains two four-part stories and features a cast including Tom Baker as The Read more

Preview: Doctor Who – Series 8 (Steelbook Bluray)

Meet the Time Lord with the attack eyebrows, with series 8 the next series to be given the steelbook treatment! The Blu-ray steelbook of series 8 will be released 19th Read more

Preview- The Lone Centurion Volume 1

Legend tells of the Lone Centurion - a mysterious figure dressed as a Roman soldier who stood guard over the Pandorica, warning off those who would attempt to open it; Read more

Preview- Doctor Who: The TV Movie by Gary Russell

It's December 1999, and strange things are happening as the new millennium nears. A British police box appears from nowhere in San Francisco’s Chinatown and the mysterious man inside it Read more

Preview- Doctor Who: The Minds of Magnox

BBC Audio and Demon Records have today announced that they will be publishing a new Doctor Who audio story for the Tenth Doctor as part of the Time Lord Victorious Read more

%d bloggers like this: