he universe holds the weird and wonderful and sometimes adorable. This week’s "monsters of the week" that I’m labelling is adorable, of course if you lay one finger on it you’d die but with something as cute as the Pting. A hungry creature that just devours anything in its sight, my spirit animal!
Of course this article is going to contain SPOILERS! This a warning, so if you’re behind, catch up!
The episode begins very much like the series started 55 years ago, the TARDIS parked in a junkyard. Chibnall certainly seems to be adding all these subtle nods to the classic series and that the anoraks, like me, can easily point them out if we’re paying attention.
Another nod to Classic Doctor Who was the files on the Tsuranga ship, in a blink and you miss it, scene one of the medical files was that of a Silurian, a Classic Series Silurian. I do recall that Chibnall stated that no Classic Monsters were to appear in this series. So, could this little Easter egg be the closest we’ll having at getting a past monster making an appearance.
It was a bit blink and you missed it, but I loved all the other monsters that the control panel scrolled through before settling on the #pting. 📺 #TheTsurangaConundrum #DoctorWho #cyberman #ood #weepingangel #slitheen #sontaran #silence #silurian #zygon pic.twitter.com/NTWT1XEwzc— ɢᴀᴠɪɴ (@gavinworby) November 4, 2018
For me Episode Five was somewhat poor and that the ending for me felt rushed. It felt very much like Terror of the Vervoids and that the overall episode was somewhat of a cliché, and that his feedback to Pip and Jane Baker in 1988 was very much the outline of this episode. I would go as far as to say that The Tsuranga Conundrum is the weakest of this series.
I’m not complaining about the series though. And I need to reiterate that I am thoroughly enjoying this series. It’s a breath of fresh air and its good to feel that sense of adventure again.
The monster was cute and made the show’s audience want to grab hold of him and give him a cuddle, which would result in death due to the creatures toxic skin, but I’m sure that’s a sacrifice some folk are willing to take. This isn’t the first time that Doctor Who had cute creatures as its main storyline; don’t suppose anyone remembers the Adipose from 2008’s Partners in Crime?
I was overall happy with the performances from the cast, Susan Packer did a tremendous job and I can’t help it being rather fitting having her on a hospital ship in the 67th Century. The set of the Tsuranga was beautiful and clinical. This episode was overall a typical Doctor Who episode where our heroes are running down corridors either from the threat or towards.
The build up to the revelation of the Pting had some of us hooked, it had a good built up but sort of lost itself in the middle. It was an ok episode, a bit of cliché and it is the weakest of Series 11 so far. I am however looking forward to next week’s episode The Demon of Punjab. I’m starting to get a pattern of the stories being present/future/past. I can see the pattern being broken after Episode 06 though.
Doctor Who continues Sunday 11th November on BBC One at 07:00 PM.