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9.8 - The Zygon Inversion

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/11/15 11:32 am
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The Zygon Inversion is much like Harness's last script Kill the Moon where the last ten to fifteen minutes are excellent and how the episode will be judged by many people. I'm not many people so I'm not going to focus on the last fifteen minutes until the end of this review. Instead let's see why much of the story is actually quite good. The Zygon Inversion, while not subtle, does social commentary very well unlike Kill the Moon which was in your face. It goes to great lengths to show how Zygons were just like us and many wanted to live normal lives. My biggest problem with the story is that it gets really predictable near the end. And yes the Doctor's speech is amazing.
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 11/10/15 8:36 am
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The Osgood Box plot stretches the credulity a little. A lot of cards have to fall into place to end with the lay down misere climax the Doctor has planned. Other than that, a good story that benefits, as has previous episodes, from the two 45 minute parts format.

As with the first part, I have had to mark it down a point or so because of the Nu-Who UNIT factor. There is just nothing of the spark of the original present, the actors don't play off each other and mostly deliver their lines like statues. That is when they are not just being plain irritating. And, unfortunately, for me the real crisis in the episode came when Osgood the fan-girl is offered a companionship. Thank God she doesn't take it up.

The other element that doesn't really resonate is the overblown status Clara enjoys with UNIT.
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Reviewed By: AtomicReview Date: 11/8/15 9:16 pm
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I went into the episode with some trepidation; the previous episode was okay, and early reviews I saw gave this episode average scores, but I was taken by surprise by how good it was.

Admittedly, the Doctor and Osgood trying to bond with each other ("Dr. Basil Funkenstein"?) was equal parts weird and hilarious, and the fact that the Doctor has been using his sunglasses for NSFW purposes was a joke to far, but aside from those minor problems, the script was great. I especially loved the parachute disguise gag.

Acting-wise, everybody, EVERYBODY was firing on all cylinders. After a while, I kind of forgotten that Clara and Bonnie were both played by Jenna, since she went in completely different directions with both characters. Osgood was played very well by Ingrid Oliver, who finally played the character as a convincing reason to have her join the Doctor permanently. Naturally, Capaldi acts for his life in the final scenes of the episode, remarking on the futility of war and how Bonnie's plans were destined to fail. If people were STILL unconvinced that Peter was the Doctor, this episode, with his "Doctor speech", should show them the error of their ways.