Doctor Who continued its run of fine form on Saturday night
with one of the scariest episodes in years. Penned by fan favourite Jamie
Mathieson, who brought us Flatline, Mummy on the Orient Express, and The Girl
Who Died, Oxygen is a classic base-under-siege story, placing it firmly in the
territory of the kind of stories Doctor Who does best.
It will be long remembered for the fear factor, and the disturbing final twist of the Doctor's blindness, but at Oxygen’s heart is a social and political commentary on the value of human life over capital. It’s a very timely affair given that it’s election season in the UK again.
The message is drummed in with a righteous indignation from the Doctor, that like the stand out Series 9 Zygon episode, is something of a throwback to the days of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker when writers such as Robert Holmes and Malcolm Hulke were overtly political.
Once again Capaldi and Mackie shine, and we get to see a little bit more from Matt Lucas as Nardole. It’s about time that among the other questions this episode poses, his mysterious character is thrown into the spotlight, while for once the vault takes a back seat.