Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E8 The Zygon Inversion

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E8 The Zygon Inversion

Sum­mary: Destroy the Zygons or reveal them all, pick one.

Plot: The rene­gade Zygons have dis­cov­ered the exis­tence of the Osgood Box which will end the treaty at once. One way or another. Will the Zygons and Kate Stew­art get to it and what will hap­pen next 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’ is Joined by Mof­fatt for part two and writ­ing is inter­est­ing and keeps the ten­sion going although I found the end­ing a bit of an anti-​climax. I par­tic­u­larly liked the Doc­tor Osgood sequences

Act­ing: Ingrid Oliver was even bet­ter than last episode and really works with Capaldi. Jenna Cole­man excels in her duel role as Clara & Clara Zygon. Capaldi is given some big speeches and does them

Mem­o­rable Moments: The Osgood box scene

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: The 50th anniver­sary But­ton, Five rounds rapid.

Odd­i­ties: The Doc­tor has absolutely no prob­lem repeat­edly wip­ing Kate stewart’s mem­ory nor appar­ently spend­ing the major­ity of his exis­tence con­stantly play­ing out the same scene.

Pet Peeves: Two things both about the Osgood box busi­ness. #1 Any­body who knows the Doc­tor knows that he’s not going to give any­body the chance to either exter­mi­nate the Zygons or Nuke Lon­don. #2 The odds that the Doc­tor will suc­cess­fully talk a Zygon out of a revolt fif­teen times is almost nil. Sooner or later of them one of the Zygons or humans involved will choose war.


Great Quote(s)

The Doc­tor: What is it that you actu­ally want?
Zygon Clara: War.
The Doc­tor: Ah. Ah, right. And when this war is over, when you have a home­land free from humans, what do you think it’s going to be like? Do you know? Have you thought about it? Have you given it any con­sid­er­a­tion? Because you’re very close to get­ting what you want. What’s it going to be like? Paint me a pic­ture. Are you going to live in houses? Do you want peo­ple to go to work? Will there be hol­i­days? Oh! Will there be music? Do you think peo­ple will be allowed to play vio­lins? Who’s going to make the vio­lins? Well? Oh, you don’t actu­ally know, do you? Because, like every other tantrum­ming child in his­tory, Bon­nie, you don’t actu­ally know what you want. So, let me ask you a ques­tion about this brave new world of yours. When you’ve killed all the bad guys, and when it’s all per­fect and just and fair, when you have finally got it exactly the way you want it, what are you going to do with the peo­ple like you? The trou­ble­mak­ers. How are you going to pro­tect your glo­ri­ous rev­o­lu­tion from the next one?

Kate: This is all very well, but we know the boxes are empty now. We can’t for­get that.
The Doc­tor: No, well, er, you’ve said that the last fif­teen times.

Osgood: You take care of him. Don’t let him die or any­thing.
Clara: What if he’s really annoy­ing?
Osgood: Then fine.
Clara: Got ya.


Final Ver­dict: 3 12 stars. Dra­matic but I think the res­o­lu­tion was cheap

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 7th of 8.

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 Inver­sion
8th. 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: Destroy the Zygons or reveal them all, pick one.

Plot: The renegade Zygons have discovered the existence of the Osgood Box which will end the treaty at once. One way or another. Will the Zygons and Kate Stewart get to it and what will happen next 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’ is Joined by Moffatt for part two and writing is interesting and keeps the tension going although I found the ending a bit of an anti-climax. I particularly liked the Doctor Osgood sequences

Acting: Ingrid Oliver was even better than last episode and really works with Capaldi. Jenna Coleman excels in her duel role as Clara & Clara Zygon. Capaldi is given some big speeches and does them

Memorable Moments: The Osgood box scene

Doctor Who Flashbacks: The 50th anniversary Button, Five rounds rapid.

Oddities:  The Doctor has absolutely no problem repeatedly wiping Kate stewart’s memory nor apparently spending the majority of his existence constantly playing out the same scene.

Pet Peeves:  Two things both about the Osgood box business. #1 Anybody who knows the Doctor knows that he’s not going to give anybody the chance to either exterminate the Zygons or Nuke London. #2 The odds that the Doctor will successfully talk a Zygon out of a revolt fifteen times is almost nil. Sooner or later of them one of the Zygons or humans involved will choose war.


Great Quote(s)

The Doctor: What is it that you actually want?
Zygon Clara: War.
The Doctor: Ah. Ah, right. And when this war is over, when you have a homeland free from humans, what do you think it’s going to be like? Do you know? Have you thought about it? Have you given it any consideration? Because you’re very close to getting what you want. What’s it going to be like? Paint me a picture. Are you going to live in houses? Do you want people to go to work? Will there be holidays? Oh! Will there be music? Do you think people will be allowed to play violins? Who’s going to make the violins? Well? Oh, you don’t actually know, do you? Because, like every other tantrumming child in history, Bonnie, you don’t actually know what you want. So, let me ask you a question about this brave new world of yours. When you’ve killed all the bad guys, and when it’s all perfect and just and fair, when you have finally got it exactly the way you want it, what are you going to do with the people like you? The troublemakers. How are you going to protect your glorious revolution from the next one?

Kate: This is all very well, but we know the boxes are empty now. We can’t forget that.
The Doctor: No, well, er, you’ve said that the last fifteen times.

Osgood: You take care of him. Don’t let him die or anything.
Clara: What if he’s really annoying?
Osgood: Then fine.
Clara: Got ya.


Final Verdict: 3 1/2 stars. Dramatic but I think the resolution was cheap

Ranking of Season: 7th of 8.  

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 Inversion
8th. 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