The Last Doctor
2017-06-18 16:16:15 UTC
There isn't a great deal to say about this episode. Plot: in the second
century AD, in what will one day be Aberdeenshire, a small Pictish tribe
has somehow charged itself with keeping closed a dimensional rift, on the
far side of which live strange alien monsters that kill with darkness and
Until one day the young witch guardian lets out a monster to defeat an
invading Roman legion. Enter the Doctor, Bill and Nardole who convince the
few surviving Romans and Picts to work together to pen up the escaped
monster and keep the rift closed.
There's a time differential in the rift. By my rough calculations, every
year the humans can survive in the rift will keep it closed for 15,000
years. So we're not safe forever- but it's a good stopgap. As a young girl
is still hearing the music 1,900 years later, they've survived for ooh, six
weeks so far.
The story was a serious one but told in a very comfortable, comedic style.
In fact, to me it felt almost like an updated mid-period Tom Baker story.
Matt Lucas's Nardole felt like an integral part of the storyline for the
It was fun, flowed well, and I enjoyed it. The modern take on Rome's
legendary sexual freedoms was a bit anachronistic, as was the level of
respect the soldiers gave Bill, but on the whole it wasn't far off, and
maybe the kids will at least learn that puritan attitudes are a lot more
recent in origin than the puritans would like you to believe.
8/10. Solid stuff.