Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E3 Under the Lake

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E3 Under the Lake

Sum­mary: Can The Doc­tor save an army team from Ghosts in a base under the lake?

Plot: Clara is seek­ing an adven­ture so the The Doc­tor lands in a sea base under a lake where the team there have found an alien space­craft. As crew mem­bers start dying they turn into Ghosts and attack the oth­ers. The Doc­tor traces it to the space­ship which showed up just before the area was flooded. Can the Doc­tor con­tain the Ghost and will his trip with part of the crew to the point where the space­ship & flood arrive pro­vide the solu­tion or just more ghosts.

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Writ­ing: Another two parter and this one is more char­ac­ter dri­ven by the rela­tion­ships between the char­ac­ters. You also have the stock. “com­pany” guy that every­one can’t wait to see killed. There is noth­ing here that really jumps out to talk about

Act­ing: I think the sup­port­ing cast here over­shad­ows Capaldi and Cole­man but that’s because the story is writ­ten that way. You find your­self lik­ing and car­ing about these peo­ple because Zaqi Ismail, Sophie Lee Stone, Mor­ven Christie and Arsher Ali in par­tic­u­lar make this episode (You’ll hear more than the same next time).

Mem­o­rable Moments: the cards

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: The Ghosts of N Space (which is a BBC audio 3rd Doc­tor story)

Odd­i­ties: The Psy­chic paper declares the Doc­tor is from UNIT. That is actu­ally kinda accurate.

Pet Peeves: The Doc­tor Talks the crew into stay­ing instead of get­ting out alive, this is very coun­tra doctor.

Great Quote(s)

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Ben­nett: Wait, you’re going to go back in time? How do you do that?
The Doc­tor: Extremely well.

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The Doc­tor: They’re ghosts! Yeah, ghosts
Clara: You said there was no such thing. You actu­ally pooh-​poohed the ghost the­ory.
The Doc­tor: Yes, well, well, there was no such thing as, as socks or smart­phones and bad­gers until there sud­denly were.

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Final Ver­dict: 4 stars. A good story part 1.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 3rd of 3.

1. The Witch’s Famil­iar
2. The Magician’s Appren­tice
3. Under the Lake

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: n/​r

1. Last Christ­mas
2. The Care­taker
3. The Witch’s Famil­iar
4. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
5. Into the Dalek
6. Dark Water
7. Lis­ten
8. Flat­line
9. Robots of Sher­wood
10. The Magician’s Apprentice

FYI you might be won­der­ing why I took so long to start review­ing this sea­son, it’s because no sea­son required more thought to fig­ure out.

Summary: Can The Doctor save an army team from Ghosts in a base under the lake?

Plot: Clara is seeking an adventure so the The Doctor lands in a sea base under a lake where the team there have found an alien spacecraft. As crew members start dying they turn into Ghosts and attack the others. The Doctor traces it to the spaceship which showed up just before the area was flooded. Can the Doctor contain the Ghost and will his trip with part of the crew to the point where the spaceship & flood arrive provide the solution or just more ghosts.

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Writing: Another two parter and this one is more character driven by the relationships between the characters. You also have the stock. “company” guy that everyone can’t wait to see killed. There is nothing here that really jumps out to talk about

Acting: I think the supporting cast here overshadows Capaldi and Coleman but that’s because the story is written that way. You find yourself liking and caring about these people because Zaqi Ismail, Sophie Lee Stone, Morven Christie and Arsher Ali in particular make this episode (You’ll hear more than the same next time).

Memorable Moments: the cards

Doctor Who Flashbacks: The Ghosts of N Space (which is a BBC audio 3rd Doctor story)

Oddities: The Psychic paper declares the Doctor is from UNIT. That is actually kinda accurate.

Pet Peeves: The Doctor Talks the crew into staying instead of getting out alive, this is very countra doctor.

Great Quote(s)

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Bennett: Wait, you’re going to go back in time? How do you do that?
The Doctor: Extremely well.

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The Doctor: They’re ghosts! Yeah, ghosts
Clara: You said there was no such thing. You actually pooh-poohed the ghost theory.
The Doctor: Yes, well, well, there was no such thing as, as socks or smartphones and badgers until there suddenly were.

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Final Verdict: 4 stars. A good story part 1.

Ranking of Season: 3rd of 3.

1. The Witch’s Familiar
2. The Magician’s Apprentice
3. Under the Lake

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: n/r

1. Last Christmas
2. The Caretaker
3. The Witch’s Familiar
4. Mummy on the Orient Express
5. Into the Dalek
6. Dark Water
7. Listen
8. Flatline
9. Robots of Sherwood
10. The Magician’s Apprentice

FYI you might be wondering why I took so long to start reviewing this season, it’s because no season required more thought to figure out.