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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

[Doctor Who Review] 12.8 The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Angry Old Man

Part Two of the Marathon that started with Can You Hear Me?. I was pretty sour when this one started and I expected this one to suck.

For most of the episode, we are plunged in a rather interesting mystery with the expected ending: Mary Shelley getting inspired to write Frankenstein.

The cast of NPCs is interesting. Heck the cast that was at the Villa in 1816 make for a great cast and they are presented here as we know them today. Byron is a promiscuous self-centered jerk and Mary is a hedonist.

The appearance of the Cyberman made me happy and excited to see returning. I love them because they have been a major threat since the 60s.

- This half-made Cyberman left me with many questions about what he is, who he is, where is he from, etc. This is something that will move on to the next episode(s).

- The crew is too big and each character vies for screentime when half their number would suffice

- Dumb moment when the Cyberman saves the baby. Why? Wtf? That just did not make any sense and pussified the Cybermen. I mean really. They are supposed to be cold and logical not emotional. In fact the whole side-plot with the baby served NO PURPOSE other than to take away time. If at least the Doctor used the TARDIS to save the baby OR SOMETHING. But instead all we get is a bunch of women running around the house for reason.

- When faced with the Cyberman, we are presented with a redo of the "Need of the Many". But again, this cowardly Doctor gives in. She has no boldness and gives in to the Cyberman's demand.

So the episode had a few problems but still this one was the most interesting and compelling one to watch. A good historical setting and the involvement of a classic monster. I gave it a 3.5 rounded up to a 4. Best episode of the season.

Would I re-watch? Yes.

Rating: 4/5

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