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9.7 - The Zygon Invasion

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 4/13/19 3:48 pm
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This is the first part of a 2 part story and follows on from plotlines introduced in the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor in which Zygons were allowed to live on Earth disguised as humans. Here we find that a faction of the Zygons is rebelling, looking to attack, take control and return to Zygon form. We are shown that one of the Osgoods has survived and will not reveal whether she is the human or Zygon version. She has taken matters into her own hands to try to stop things reaching massive loss of life.

The Zygons are a great monster and are depicted well in this story and the threat presented is suitably menacing. UNITs involvement is well used and it is always great to have Jemma Redgrave appearing as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood. Clara is used well in the story although I find it a little annoying when she takes command of situations and gives orders to supposedly experienced military personnel rather than just giving advice or suggestions. It is also a little annoying having the President of Earth and Air Force One used again as they are slightly silly ideas.

Peter Capaldi is on top form in this whole story and even sells the slightly silly bits of humour in a school playground or aboard his Presidential plane. His quality is unquestionable.

Writer Peter Harness wrote the stupid and very illogical Kill the Moon but has a complete turnaround in this story where the writing is extremely entertaining and high quality. The script is strong and the plot is interesting. There are clear political messages (a pretty common Doctor Who theme despite what some fans like to make out) and these messages are good moral aspects to explore. It is well executed and enjoyable.

There is humour, intrigue, action and danger with Capaldi's brilliant Doctor at the centre of it all so it is very good indeed with no significant negatives.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/1/15 8:32 pm
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The Zygon Invasion sees the second script of writer Peter Harness in Doctor Who after last year's lackluster Kill the Moon. I am glad to report that Harness's second effort is much better than his first especially in its social commentary on immigration and trust of Muslims. But it isn't a perfect commentary as there isn't enough on the Zygons who aren't attacking others after the opening fifteen minutes or so. What it does best is Osgood who we don't know if she is a Zygon or a human and the way the Doctor treats her is perfect as she still has the right to be there. Ingrid Oliver is great as Osgood and the updates to the Zygons are great. There are quite a few things that harken back to The Zygon Who Fell to Earth and it is great.

My biggest problems with the episode is that it is extremely predictable with the different twists it decides to go with. The cliffhanger is also a bit lackluster as we have had the same cliffhanger for every other two-parter this year. Also there is a really self-indulgent pre-credits sequence. There's also a random picture of Hartnell on the wall of the UNIT safe house that just are kind of out of place as UNIT never worked with the First Doctor.
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Reviewed By: AtomicReview Date: 11/1/15 10:35 am
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If the writer's name &quot;Peter Harness&quot; sets off (imaginary) alarm bells for you, don't worry; this story is better than Kill the Moon, but is just as polarizing.

I love previous "Politics: Who Edition" entries such as (the equally polarizing) "Happiness Patrol" and its' parody of Thatcher or "The Green Death" and its anti-nuclear message, but this story seems a bit more... heavy-handed. Even if you only have vague knowledge of what's going on in the Middle East, you can tell Harness is trying to draw some parallels there.

It plays out more like a dramatic episode of The Thick of It, with more aliens and a less sweary Malcolm Tucker. (and considering who else is in the cast...)

That being said, now to the good parts! The paranoia behind who's a Zygon and who isn't is played for as much drama as possible, including (and especially) the final end scenes. This was a story element previous stories such as their debut failed to fully explore.

Special praise goes to Ingrid Oliver's Osgood. Her fawning over the Doctor has been a bit annoying in previous episodes, but here she holds her own and shows a bit more character and maturity.

Much deal was made about how not ALL Zygons were attacking, and I was hoping the Doctor would be accompanied by a friendly one (aside from possible-Zygon-Osgood) who wanted the renegade faction to go away. There's still 1 episode left to hope that will happen.
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 11/1/15 8:04 am
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A good story that is somewhat ruined by the gastric reflux-like reappearance of Nu-Who UNIT. To top it off, Moffat has also dragged out the President of the Earth Doctor and his Airforce One insult to the Invasion.

Anyway, on to the good stuff, namely the plot's emphasis on the shape-shifter characteristic of the Zygons - they could be anyone.

But the best bit is the IS parody. For once, the usually insufferably politically correct Nu-Who gets its message right.