This was a decent episode. It certainly was a step up from what came before. I think anything would have been great following that whole Rose/Donna story arc. We are teased with the possibility of the Doctor meeting his future incarnation. Who exactly filled those shoes? The Governor of course! If you don’t know I am a fan of The Walking Dead. I tried to find a photo of the Governor and Jackson Lake combined. I know it is out there. I have seen it…
THINGS THAT I LOVED:
David Morrissey was awesome in this episode. He really would have made a great Doctor. That was one great thing about this story was the fact that you were right there with the Doctor trying to figure out if he was a future incarnation of himself. The explanation of why Jackson thought he was the Doctor was good. It made sense, but to a point. I will go into more detail about that later.
I appreciated that this episode was set in the past and it didn’t have a famous historical figure in it. I always hate it when they do that. It is such an obvious crutch. There also wasn’t any over the top Christmas references. It felt more like it was just another day in the winter than anything else. Usually they force Christmas carols and turkeys down your throat with the specials.
THINGS THAT I HATED:
The whole Allons-y quote in the beginning was silly. One thing that I don’t understand is how Jackson knew so many small details about the Doctor. He had a “sonic screwdriver” that was just a screwdriver. He knew this. Why did he point it at the Cybershade like it was going to kill it. This makes zero sense. Even with the actual sonic screwdriver it doesn’t make sense. It is another overuse of the screwdriver. I get that he would know about the Tardis and that he is a Timelord, but to say Allons-y and know about the sonic screwdriver was a bit much. How could he have known about that? It was a infostamp from the Cybermen. The Cybermen wouldn’t know that he says that and that what he holds was a sonic screwdriver would they?
There were way too many corny parts in this episode for it to get a proper rating from me. The worst scene would have to be when the stranger asks Jackson who was the man in the hot air balloon and Jackson states, “His name, sir… is The Doctor!” C’mon! Was that really necessary? Another corny scene was when Jackson and the Doctor find the children working in the cyber base. I was expecting the kids to break out in song at any moment.
It doesn’t really explain how everything was blown up when the Doctor broke the cyberlink from the Cyberking. I hate it when I have to look up stuff after I get done watching the episode. To me the explanation doesn’t count.
THINGS THAT MADE MY EYES TWITCH:
The Cybermen are loud as hell when they march. You could probably hear them from five miles away. They can’t sneak up on anyone, and yet they do it twice in this episode. Stop with this madness! It is such a silly oversight!
I hate the whole ending of this episode. I wish they would have gone a different way with it all. How can you not think of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers when watching this? I was wanting Kimberly to come out and save us all.
This episode could have been really good if they hadn’t been so dramatic with everything. Even the music was over the top. Sometimes simple is the best way to go about things.