Reviewed By: Lord Slarr
Review Date: 4/18/16 2:03 am
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Inferno was the fourth and final serial in my favourite season, season 7 which is already brimming with brilliance at this point but then proceeded to put the icing on the cake with this masterpiece. Now it is 7 parts long but don't let that put you off, if you get embroiled in its thick atmosphere as intended the time fly's by.
So what's the episode about then? Well there's a project funded by the British government to drill in to the Earths crust where allegedly lay pockets of Stahlmans gas which is said to be a superb source of energy. However the Doctor while using the projects power supply to try and repair the TARDIS slips into a parallel universe where Britain is a fascist state and the project is run by slave Labour. Seeing the disastrous results of the project, the Doctor has to escape back to our universe and stop it happening here.
Sounds like a great concept huh? It's genius really lies in the addition of a parallel universe where people are indoctrinated into a fascist ideology which has significant effects on the regular characters. They are all much more ruthless and seem to show no sympathy, especially the Brigidear or Brigade Leader as hes known there as he is a callous bully who is closed minded and allows us to see the Brigidears dark side especially after he murdered The Silurians just two stories earlier and shows that with an altered upbringing, the Brig wouldn't be a hero.
All the other characters are great too with stand out performances from all the cast which makes it even more enjoyable. And to add to that is superb direction, atmospheric incidental music and just a thoroughly enjoyable dark story which takes time to reflect on its own characters.
So as you might of worked out I absolutely love this story and while I have mainly talked about characters, the plot is amazing as well with the monsters in this episode being the primords are threatening too and help add to the sense of helplessness seen in episodes 4, 5 and 6.
If I was to think of flaws I could only come up with one and that would be the ending, it is a little jarring and doesn't fit in with the tone of the episode at all, especially as the Doctor seems uneffected by the events that took place, however that part is made up for in the story "The Mind Of Evil" which has the most amazing reference in Doctor Who ever to this story which maybe shows at the end of Inferno he was just putting on a brave face not wanting to discuss it.
Overall, the absolute masterpiece known to us as Inferno gets a score which I do not award to many episodes as ones like this are the ones that are truly worthy of it.