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11.4 - Arachnids in the UK

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Reviewed By: PilordeReview Date: 12/17/18 8:24 am
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The plot for this one was really, really rushed. At the end, I was just "that was it"? But it is important, again, for characterization. Graham, Ryan and Yaz all grow in this episode, which makes it very important. And it is kind of frightening, even if I'm not afraid of spiders.
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/24/18 12:05 pm
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This episode is very reminiscent of The Green Death from the 3rd Doctor's time as in it is a fun 'monster' horror with ecological, slightly political undertones. This time it is spiders instead of maggots and the spiders themselves are the clear highlight of this episode as they are brilliantly done. Their movement is brilliantly depicted with excellent CG effects meaning arachnophobes like my wife and daughter were hiding behind the sofa in Doctor Who tradition.

In terms of story, script and guest characters this episode is no match for The Green Death though as it is just slightly off target in those elements. The scientist Dr. Jade McIntyre is quite woodenly acted and delivers some clunky, unconvincing dialogue at times. The hotel magnate Robertson is cartoonishly caricatured and not well realised. The final sequences when the Doctor lures the spiders to trap them, gets upset at the demise of the giant 'mother' spider and then they just leave is an unconvincing, unsatisfactory climax. Not the best bit of plotting and direction. There are also a few other bits of dialogue which are slightly clumsy, particularly with Yasmin's mother. Despite all this though I still felt the episode was solid overall thanks to the fun idea, the great spiders and some lovely moments between the TARDIS team. Jodie Whittaker is good and does some lovely, endearing work. On one or two occasions in the very good previous episode Rosa and the episode prior to that The Ghost Monument, she was not quite able to make some clumsily written dialogue sound natural and the same happens in this episode. Her two young companions occasionally have the same issue. It is trying to make a clunky bit of dialogue sound good which takes huge skill. Bradley Walsh manages it but others sometimes cannot. I do not think it is as major an issue as some people say and it has nothing to do with political correctness. It is simply heavy handed dialogue which occurs several times but there is plenty of decent dialogue with nice humour and character relationships as well. It is a mixed bag. The season opener The Woman Who Fell to Earth did not have this issue at all, it was brilliantly written and performed. Since then there are minor flaws in dialogue creeping in here and there. Some viewers overreact to it I feel but it is something which slightly diminishes overall quality. This could have been a 10/10 episode if done with more consistently great dialogue and better guest characters.

There are good creepy scenes and some great action with the spiders like the giant spider crashing through a bathtub and people getting wrapped in webs and eaten. There is some solid work from 13 and her team mostly, especially the ever impressive Bradley Walsh as Graham. Overall it is fun, 'scary' and has great effects.

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 11/6/18 4:17 pm
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Giant mutant spiders inadvertently created by a Donald Trump surrogate? What could possibly go wrong? The TARDIS team land home in Sheffield with the Doctor seemingly about to say goodbye to her companions for good. But the group are drawn into a web of mystery involving a new hotel block built by an owner who's so obviously our current president it's ridiculous, people getting webbed up and eaten in brutal ways, and of course, massive arachnids ranging from the size of small dogs to a minivan. Needless to say, this story ticks off all of my NOPE boxes in terms of things that scare the hell out of me. For the most part, the story and effects do their job well. This is Doctor Who meets Eight-Legged Freaks in all of the ways you want it to and the tone and style are akin to a creepy B-movie in that regard. The spiders are creepy as hell, have a decent plot behind them, and do the things you'd want them to do in swarming, crunching, and freaking us out as viewers. There are also some genuinely great moments I enjoyed such as the first appearance of the new time vortex which looks incredible, the confirmation of the three companions with the Doctor as the official team in a genuinely inspiring moment, and all of the main actors doing fabulous as always. But this episode struggles a bit more compared to the previous three. The plot holes were a lot more noticeable here especially in a forced ending that doesn't feel like it resolves anything other than give 13 another 'no guns' moment. The villain of the piece played by Chris Noth is also incredibly lackluster yet again and he doesn't have anything to his character outside of ginormous prick despite the real-life analogies with his personality. He's a cartoonish caricature in every sense of the word and it really drags things down especially by the end. But thankfully it's the main cast that elevates the story from bad to decent as well as the decent effects and scares. Whittaker continues to be fabulous as 13 really letting her Ninth and Tenth Doctors come out in family dynamics and no guns banter. Graham and Ryan get some very subtle and quieter scenes that continue to lend quiet drama to the season especially with what's happened in the past and Yaz gets some much-needed development in having us meet her family and having her mother play a strong part in the story. But outside of that, this isn't my favorite episode at all of the series even despite my rampant arachnophobia and it's not one I would come back to outside of the minor moments mentioned. It's not bad per se but more middle of the run which after the 3 spectacular episodes the season has had so far isn't too bad. It was bound to happen and considering spider/monster stories in the past, this could've easily been a lot worse. But "Arachnids in the UK" just has too many problems for me to wholeheartedly enjoy it and it's definitely the season's first big drop.

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Reviewed By: dima45698Review Date: 11/2/18 2:43 pm
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I thought 'Arachnids in the UK' was very flat and dull, not quite doing much with its premises and characters. Poorly structured as well, I would say. This is the first episode of the series that left me disappointed, sadly.

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