his week I shall be looking at Episode 10 of Series 10; The Eaters of Light. This blog does contain spoilers, so consider yourself been warned. So, without hesitation let’s looks at this week’s Doctor Who.
This episode for many of us was a special one. It saw the return of Classic Doctor Who scriptwriter; Rona Monro. My expectations were high, very high since Monro has written one of my favourite stories of the Sylvester McCoy era. Alas I was left slightly disappointed with the overall episode. There were a few enjoyable moments and I found my mind wondering onto other things when watching the episode. It didn’t really grab my attention.
Episode 10 saw the Doctor and Co return to Scotland and I usually find stories set in Scotland to be boring. Don’t get me wrong Tooth and Claw in 2006 was an ok story, but I did find it dragged on a bit. So can I say this about The Eaters of Light? It was an ok story, the only issue was it dragged. However, the direction where they’re going to be taking the character of Missy is to be seen. Has she turned good or is this all a farce? I for one minute refuse to believe that the Master/Missy has turned good. The Doctor’s arch-nemesis for one minute cannot join the good side. The Doctor needs a Moriarty in his life. It feels that the whole story arc of Missy has lost itself somewhere.
The characters throughout The Eaters of Light seemed to be very reminiscent to the Ice Warriors and the Victorian soldiers from the previous episode The Empress of Mars. It felt like the episode was only written to fill in a gap between Episode Nine and the first instalment for the season finale. Like Sleep No More. It felt like that it was only written and added in to fill in a gap. It seems most series of Doctor Who has these kind of episodes. Nothing seems to happen throughout them until the very end where we’re all treated to a potential revelation that will progress the series story arc a little further. This time, however, we seem to be given a little more in-depth look into Missy becoming good. As mentioned before, Missy becoming good is a load of dingo kidneys.
What lacked with this episode was the sense of threat, even though we did have a beautiful monster that was lurking in the shadows of the Scottish highlands. The monster itself didn’t really scare or worry me, it certainly felt like a toned down version of Predator (1987) but not as impressive. Certainly the moment when Capaldi’s Doctor offers to sacrifice himself for the future of mankind was a lovely scene but it was obvious that he was going to be stopped as we’ve only got two episodes and a Christmas Special before he departs from the show. Instead of the Doctor sacrificing himself, the Celts and the remaining Romans form an allegiance to face the creatures that could spell extinction for planet Earth and its occupants.
The Eaters of Light was an ok episode. It wasn’t the best it was just ok, it lacked the sense of threat and impending doom. However, I am pleased that a writer for the Classic era of Doctor Who has returned to the show to wave her magic pen, even if the pen could do with a MOT. It was decent and enjoyable episode that sadly dragged on in places, There was, however, a nice little scene between Bill and Lucius where they talked of their sexualities and how it wouldnt' hurt to be "modern." So my score for this week is 8/10 scared Centurion Romans. Next episode is the beginning for the end which will see the return of Mondas, the original Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm’s portrayal of the infamous renegade Time Lord; the Master.