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Doctor Who XXXV/9.8: The Zygon Inversion

November 7th, 2015 (11:30 pm)

Reaction over at The Event Library.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2015/11/07/the-zygon-inversion.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 8th, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)

Commenting here, because Wordpress ate my comment two weeks running!

I don’t know how Capaldi’s drawing quite specifically on Hughie Green’s delivery and catchphrase when in his game show host persona played with those who don’t remember Green; did it work as generically as presumably hoped?

More or less.

I liked this a lot more than the heavy-handed opener. Was Moffat only credited on this part? I can't remember, but this episode seemed more subtle, as well as including the Moffat-typical alternate reality sequence.

I suppose my only reservation is that the end was necessarily too easy, that this works as a fable, but not as a direct allegory. It isn't necessarily aiming at the latter (unlike the first part, which seemed to be doing so), but some people will read it as such, which makes me wince a little. I don't think you can stop real wars this easily.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 8th, 2015 12:09 am (UTC)

We might have left fairytales, but we haven't left Faerie. This is definitely a fable, I'd agree.

Moffat was only credited on this part; and yes, it's a lot more Moffat than last week's Harness thriller. I've not seen what Patrick Mulkern at Radio Times thinks about it - he pointed out Harness's debt last week to one of his mentors, Henning Mankell of Wallander.