Summary: Will the fate of the 9th Legion be the fate of the Doctor and his friends?
Plot: The Doctor and Bill find themselves arguing over the fate of the lost 9th Roman Legion that disappeared in the 2nd century AD, so they decided to go back to find out what happened. They and Nardole discover a gateway to another dimension guarded by a Celt who thought it would be a good idea to let the monster they were guarding though to stop the Roman invader, but when said monster decides everyone is on the diet and the world is threatened will the Doctor be able to forge an alliance between Roman and Celt to stop them in time?
Writing: Rona Munro does everything right here with a traditional Doctor Who story with all the fixings from natives to Romans to a cool monster. This episode could have been been written for any Doctor and any in any Era and other than the sexual preference references it would have worked.
Acting: Of all the episodes to this point this is, in my opining the best acted by everyone involved. Every performance from every lead and supporting character is far above par, particularly of course Capaldi, Lucas, Mackie (who has really grown in the role) Michelle Gomez in her cameo and all the rest
Memorable Moments: I know more about Roman’s than you, All Crows talk, Popcorn, totally found the 9th Legion. Stop being brave. Talking crows
Doctor Who Flashbacks: Arguing over history (Robots of Sherwood) Fans of the Roman history/legions (The Pandorica 11th Doctor)
Oddities: It didn’t hit me until this moment that this is really the first time that Bill really has reason to notice the TARDIS translation circuit. seems to me it might have weapon that ties the men into knots seems kind of cool but very impractical. Also I’m pretty sure I remember Nardole being able to fly the TARDIS.
Pet Peeves: I know the Doctor is softening toward Missy/Master but is he really going to give her unsupervised access to the TARDIS engines?
Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts
The Doctor: What are you doing?
Nardole: I’m ingratiating myself.
The Doctor: Stop it. It’s nauseating.
Nardole: It’s called charm.
The Doctor: I’m against it. I’m against charm.
Nardole: Yeah, we all know that.
Bill: Something to do with the Tardis. Maybe, telepathic field? So now that we all understand each other, how do we all sound?
Lucius: You sound like children.
Kar: You sound like children too.
The Doctor: You all do.
Bill: Is this what happens when you understand what everyone in the universe is saying? Everybody just sounds like children?
The Doctor: There are exceptions.
Nardole: Thank you very much.
The Doctor: Not you
Nardole: Right, shall we go back home? Time you were guarding that Vault. We don’t want Missy getting any ideas.
Missy: Oh, one should always try to avoid those. Hello! You lot were ages. I was getting ever so worried.
Nardole: How did you get out of the Vault? Sir, what do we do? How could this happen?
The Doctor: It’s all right, Nardole. She’s been doing some work for me.
Missy: Sorry. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I assumed they knew. Should I have stayed below decks?
The Doctor: No, no, no, no. It’s fine.
Nardole: She’s supposed to be in the Vault!
The Doctor: How were the engines?
Missy: Better than you deserve. You are naughty. Do you ever do basic maintenance?
The Doctor: No, but I’ve got a plan for that.
The Doctor: You.
Final Verdict: Five stars What every Doctor who episode should want to be
Ranking of Season: 2nd of 10 I kept looking for reasons not to like this episode and failed miserably to find one.
Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 10th. The more I thought about it the more that I found I liked it better than Face the Raven and it almost edged Mummy on the Orient Express but either way it’s nice to see the season finally get places.
1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
5th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
6th. The Girl who Died
7th. The Witch’s Familiar
8th. Hell Bent
9th. Mummy on the Orient Express
10th. The Eaters of Light