2015-10-31 22:53:04 UTC
The Zygon Invasion
The first question I want to ask is why was this episode called The
Zygon Invasion? Where exactly were the Zygons invading when they were
already here on Earth? Wouldn't it have been better to call it The Zygon
Where I live if an old man decided to sit on a swing in a children's
playground and started talking to other peoples kids he'd be arrested.
Why are the Zygon commanders taking the from of primary school kids
instead of adults? The first thought that comes to mind is perverts.
Once again as is the custom with the new series the military are written
as poorly trained, incompetent and undisciplined morons that are totally
incapable of following orders or defending themselves let alone the
people they are assigned to protect.
The acting in this episode was entirely unconvincing especially from the
people doing American accents and was very annoying.
If you saw someone that looked like your mother coming out of a church
in Turmenistan (OMG it must be a real place, my spell checker in Firefox
hasn't underlined it) in the middle of a war zone you are fighting in,
your first question would be what the hell are you doing here, and how
the hell did you get here, and given the fact that you should have been
briefed that you are up against shape shifting aliens why would you be
so gullible as to believe she's real and follow her into a trap
especially when she can't even answer any of your personal questions.
You could at least try to phone your real mother first. The same goes
for a Zygon taking the form of your child.
There was nothing either in what was shown or said that would justify
these soldiers disobeying orders and worse than that taking orders from
a bunch of aliens. Also if a decent writer had written this story they
would have introduced the protagonists' mother and children to the
audience first and built up a relationship between them at home before
confronting them with Zygons in their form in the middle of a war zone,
in order for the viewer to empathise with them first. It doesn't work
when relationships like these are brought out of thin air.
Why doesn't the Doctor go to Turmenistan in the TARDIS? Oh, yes of
course, it's so that Zygon Clara can fire a missile at it in the
Why was there a church with a spire in the village? If Turmenistan is
supposed to be in central Asia it would have had a domed minaret. Why
was the place covered in puddles? Did they just have a monsoon?
Obviously the writer is trying to draw some sort of parallel in this
story with Islamists being hidden away in the community all over the
world especially Britain and waiting to be radicalised from a young age
into terrorists. Hence their use of a Junior School as their base in
London and a church as their base in Turmenistan in obvious comparison
with the Taliban using schools in Afghanistan, hence the name Taliban
meaning "students" and ISIS using Mosques as their hold outs, bases and
weapons dumps in Syria and Iraq and not giving a damn about their sanctity.
Capaldi's acting and characterisation is getting worse rather than
improving, especially with the comparison with Tennant and Smith in the
pre-title sequence and what the hell is the deal with the comic
sunglasses and guitar? Moffat might as well add a false moustache and a
cigar so Capaldi can do Groucho Marx properly. It's totally ridiculous.
Clara is also becoming very unlikeable, Zygon or not. The Doctor calls
her 128 times and she ignores him? If she did that to her boyfriend he'd
have gotten the message and found someone new.
Is Osgood the Zygon or human? Well, since we saw her use her inhaler and
Zygons don't need inhalers then she's obviously human. The question is
did she use the inhaler before Missy zapped her on the plane? Also who
knitted her Sylvester McCoy cardigan and Tom Baker scarf and embroidered
the question marks (Tom Baker or Peter Davison?) on he shirt?
8/10 for entertainment. The story was let down by bad acting all round
and the fact that Capaldi can't carry it.
80/100 for script writing. The character motivation and relationships
were unconvincing and dramatic tension was non-existent. Instead of
trying to hide the fact that Clara had been impersonated by a Zygon
until after the scene where she orders UNIT to destroy the Zygon
pouches, when it's then shown in Moffat's obsession with flashback, her
Zygon takeover should have been shown at the time it occurred and then
the viewer would have felt the tension of her being a threat to UNIT all
the time she was with them. The same issue existed with the scenes
involving Kate Stewart. The portrayal once again of the military as
stupid morons also let down the story.
If a writer for an American TV show had written this story it would have
been far more convincingly done otherwise it would have been rejected.
The story also was lacking any sensation of romance or adventure.