Did this week’s episode take your breath away, or take you out of the moment with its turn from the horrific to the surreal?
After a series which, with a few notable exceptions, has been surprisingly run of the mill, this was the first marmite episode. One that either had viewers fully signed up to Ed Hime’s pick and mix approach to different ways of doing Doctor Who, or that had them scratching their heads at the unadulterated madness of it all.
The tone was set from the off with the Doctor tasting the soil and waxing on about a future sheep versus human conflict. Even that could not prepare us for the bizarre turn of events, after what started out as being a typical base under siege type of adventure, turned into a tale of an ancient pantheistic god who wanted a friend or two and who thought it would be nice to be a frog.
Coupled with the world’s worst dad, flesh-eating moths, and a troll whose stomach rumbles at the thought of human tragedy, this episode is one that is likely to be talked about for years to come.
Paul Driscoll is a freelance writer and author across a range of subjects from Cult TV to religion and social policy. He is a passionate Doctor Who fan and January 2017 will see the publication of his first extended study of the series (based on Toby Whithouse's series six episode, The God Complex) in the critically acclaimed Black Archive range by Obverse Books. He is a regular writer for the fan site Doctor Who Worldwide and has contributed several essays to Watching Books' You and Who range. Recently he has branched out into fiction writing, with two short stories in the charity Doctor Who anthology Seasons of War (Chinbeard Books). Paul's work will also feature in the forthcoming Iris Wildthyme collection (A Clockwork Iris, Obverse Books) and Chinbeard Books' collection of drabbles, A Time Lord for Change.