Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 6/15/17 9:25 pm
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It hardly seem worth my time to heap more superlatives onto this most excellent story, nor worth your time to read them. Suffice it to say that my opinion of this story is best expressed by the score I have given it. Instead of writing a review, I'd just like to make a few remarks about the story.
There's a theme here about the shameful was that the servant class was treated by Edwardian society which I appreciate. I love it when "Doctor Who" stories include political commentary, and this is a fine example. Except, because of the unusual nature of the story, we're being shown an oppressed underclass without an actual oppressor. Within the context of the story, who is responsible for the inhuman way the servants are treated? It's Shaughnessy, or perhaps Edward Grove. This lets the "real" culprits off the hook: the people upstairs. But it doesn't let Charley off the hook, and I think that's what I love most about the story. This is the first story since Charley was introduced that really connects her to the aristocracy, and suggests that she was, however innocently (she was only a child, after all), complicit in the sins of that aristocracy.
The one thing about the story that just doesn't work for me was imposed upon it. I've mentioned this before. I'm talking about the so-called Charley Paradox. I still don't understand why it's somehow I problem that the Doctor rescued Charley from the R101. Why does Charley remember herself dying in the crash? I understand that Charley's family, and therefore Edith, would assume that Charley had died in the R101 disaster. That's perfectly logical, but simply incorrect. Where's the paradox, and how does Charley's survival cause the Edith paradox? There's no explanation. We just have to accept that it does. And this problem will only get worse until it's finally resolved (if you can call it that) in "Neverland".