Reviewed By: Mercury
Review Date: 3/20/19 1:11 pm
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OK this is 'just another base under siege story' but I LOVE base under siege stories! I feel they are the lifeblood of the show and basically epitomise what the show is, or should be, about i.e. the Doctor turns up to a dangerous situation and uses his ingenuity to save the day. There are bad base under siege stories (Sleep No More for example) but this has all the things that make them great with a different enough set of ingredients from other BUS stories to make it a really strong one. The setting is great, the threat is interesting and menacing, the Doctor has to use his brains and the guest characters are well written and acted.
The only real 'criticism' I have of this is that given that the TARDIS translates all language for the Doctor and his companions why is the message not translated as soon as they look at it and why do they not understand sign language? Having a deaf guest character depicted so positively and normally is great but having the Doctor, who can speak so many languages and has so much knowledge, not know sign language and not have the TARDIS translate it in their minds is an error in my book. The reason is clear, if they did not need the interpreter to translate then we as viewers would not get the translations unless they put it all in subtitles which for a family show is not ideal. I feel a clever readjustment of who says what to whom and the Doctor and Clara repeating back what the deaf character tells them would have made it all work in a more satisfying way.
This one issue aside, the excitement, threat, action, humour, dialogue, characters, acting, sets and effects are all great and the story is clever and interesting. The cliffhanger is dramatic too.