Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E7 The Zygon Invasion

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E7 The Zygon Invasion

Sum­mary: We’re Zygon, we’re proud and we’re here to stay!

Plot: The del­i­cate treaty nego­ti­ated between the Humans and Zygons is threat­ened by a splin­ter group that is sick of pre­tend­ing to be human and has launched an ambi­tious plan to cause every Zygon in the world to be revealed and force the issue of inva­sion. Can the Doc­tor, Clara, Kate Stew­art and the remain­ing Osgood (remem­ber one of them was killed by Missy/​The Mas­ter) be able to stop this and reestab­lish a cease fire and will they live long enough to even try?

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Writ­ing: Peter Har­ness’ writ­ing is inter­est­ing and man­ages to jug­gle many dif­fer­ent aspects of the story in a lot of dif­fer­ent direc­tions. His use of the dynamic of all the char­ac­ters in pretty much solo sit­u­a­tions Osgood Clara the Doc­tor and par­tic­u­larly Kate are excel­lent, you never quite know where it is going (except for the sol­diers scene where we all knew where it was going).

Act­ing: Ingrid Oliver con­tin­ues to impress as Osgood and Jemma Red­grave really holds up her end. Capaldi does his usual good job as does Coleman.

Mem­o­rable Moments: There is no backup (that’s it btw)

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: The Whole 50th anniver­sary is the open­ing, the whole “pres­i­dent of the world” thing

Odd­i­ties: Osgood refers to the Zygons as peace­ful? Since when?

Pet Peeves: I’m sorry but the Zygons are a space­far­ing race and they now have peo­ple in Unit. There is absolutely no rea­son why they couldn’t find a more suit­able planet to set­tle on if they didn’t like earth. This is a gigan­tic plot hole that while less impor­tant in the 50th anniver­sary in the con­text of the inva­sion, is a real prob­lem here.

Great Quote


The Doc­tor: Oh, I see you’ve acces­sorised it.
Osgood: Yes.
The Doc­tor: The old ques­tion marks.
Osgood: You used to wear ques­tion marks.
The Doc­tor: Oh, I know yes, I did.
Osgood: They were nice. Why don’t you wear them any­more.
The Doc­tor: Oh, I do. I’ve got ques­tion mark under­pants.
Osgood: Makes you won­der what the ques­tion is.


Final Ver­dict: 3 12 stars. Not bad at all

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 7th of 7. Well that’s just because it’s been a pretty good season

1st. The Girl who Died
2nd. The Witch’s Famil­iar
3rd. The Magician’s Appren­tice
4th. The Woman who lived
5th. Before the Flood
6th. Under the Lake
7th. The Zygon Invasion

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

1st. Last Christ­mas
2nd. The Care­taker
3rd. The Girl who Died
4th. The Witch’s Famil­iar
5th. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
6th. Into the Dalek
7th. Dark Water
8th. Lis­ten
9th. Flat­line
10th. Robots of Sherwood

Summary:  We’re Zygon, we’re proud and we’re here to stay!

Plot: The delicate treaty negotiated between the Humans and Zygons is threatened by a splinter group that is sick of pretending to be human and has launched an ambitious plan to cause every Zygon in the world to be revealed and force the issue of invasion.  Can the Doctor, Clara, Kate Stewart and the remaining Osgood (remember one of them was killed by Missy/The Master) be able to stop this and reestablish a cease fire and will they live long enough to even try?

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Writing:   Peter Harness’ writing is interesting and manages to juggle many different aspects of the story in a lot of different directions.  His use of the dynamic of all the characters in pretty much solo situations Osgood Clara the Doctor and particularly Kate are excellent, you never quite know where it is going (except for the soldiers scene where we all knew where it was going).

Acting: Ingrid Oliver continues to impress as Osgood and Jemma Redgrave really holds up her end.  Capaldi does his usual good job as does Coleman.

Memorable Moments: There is no backup (that’s it btw)

Doctor Who Flashbacks: The Whole 50th anniversary is the opening, the whole “president of the world” thing

Oddities: Osgood refers to the Zygons as peaceful?  Since when?

Pet Peeves:  I’m sorry but the Zygons are a spacefaring race and they now have people in Unit.  There is absolutely no reason why they couldn’t find a more suitable planet to settle on if they didn’t like earth.  This is a gigantic plot hole that while less important in the 50th anniversary in the context of the invasion, is a real problem here.

Great Quote


The Doctor: Oh, I see you’ve accessorised it.
Osgood: Yes.
The Doctor: The old question marks.
Osgood:  You used to wear question marks. 
The Doctor: Oh, I know yes, I did. 
Osgood: They were nice.  Why don’t you wear them anymore.
The Doctor: Oh, I do.  I’ve got question mark underpants.
Osgood: Makes you wonder what the question is.


Final Verdict: 3 1/2 stars. Not bad at all

Ranking of Season: 7th of 7.  Well that’s just because it’s been a pretty good season

1st. The Girl who Died
2nd. The Witch’s Familiar
3rd. The Magician’s Apprentice
4th. The Woman who lived
5th. Before the Flood
6th. Under the Lake
7th. The Zygon Invasion

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: n/a

1st. Last Christmas
2nd. The Caretaker
3rd. The Girl who Died
4th. The Witch’s Familiar
5th. Mummy on the Orient Express
6th. Into the Dalek
7th. Dark Water
8th. Listen
9th. Flatline
10th. Robots of Sherwood