Welcome to the 7th episode of Season 3: 24! Er, I mean, The Impossible Planet! Um, sorry, I mean 42!
All jokes aside, this was a great episode and I enjoyed the hell out of it. The real-time factor wasn’t too distracting (although every time the computer count-down showed up onscreen I did find myself yanked out of the moment a bit. “No way, that much time has passed already?!”), and while a great deal of parallels could be drawn between this and the aforementioned Season 2 ep The Impossible Planet, it was easy to forget that once I got into this story.
Which didn’t take long - very exciting, great acting from both David Tennant and Freema Agyeman, who really seems to be growing into her role as Martha. She immediately stepped up this week, offering to go help the one guy get the doors open rather than just following the Doctor about, and the part with her calling her mother to tell her she loved her when she thought she was going to die was very real and very sad. Speaking of Martha’s mother, WTF is she up to with Saxon’s people? Were they trying to trace the call?? Yeah, good luck with that.
My absolute favourite parts though were after the Doctor had become possessed, or infected, or whatever. DT did an amazing job, considering how very rarely we see the Doctor express real fear. And that would be the Doctor’s worst fear, wouldn’t it - becoming not just a killer, but the indiscriminate killer of the people he’s promised to protect. Hearing him whimper “I’m scared, I’m so scared…” was heartbreaking. And he did not seem to be dealing with the after-effects very well - looked rather upset there at the end. Could this have anything to do with why he apparently (spoiler for next week) voluntarily wipes his memory next week?
And say what you will about David Tennant, but that boy can SCREAM!
Next week -
As stated before, the Doctor wipes his memory and becomes John Smith. Why, I haven’t the foggiest. And, killer scarecrows!