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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 12/2/18 2:59 pm
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This is not a good episode by Doctor Who's high standards. It is not a terrible episode by the standards of rubbish that make up the vast majority of TV shows though which is something I fell fans should remember when judging episodes of this great show. There are very few episodes I rate even as low as 4/10 let alone any less. The worst TV episode of this show is still better than the majority of other things on TV! So this is one of the worst episodes of 21st Century Doctor Who but there are still some positives. There is some reasonable humour and it is a plot that has a bit of an interesting aspect. People who have become followers of the reputation and actions of the Doctor forming a society to track him down and support him then being hijacked by an alien in disguise who absorbs members of the group one by one. It is quite a silly premise in terms of the alien but it is interesting to think about people becoming followers of the Doctor after seeing things he does. Some members of the group are well acted while others are a bit overacted. Peter Kay is a very funny guy and is funny and also quite creepy as Victor before going too over the top when he reveals himself as the Absorbaloff. The stupid name of the alien as well as its design and premise come from a child who won a competition. Sadly it was not lifted above that childish level. The extremely limited appearance of David Tennant in the episode is a real minus as well but it is better for him that he was not very involved as it is an overly cheesy and silly episode. Taken as a bit of fun with a few interesting and creepy moments it is not awful but it is a disappointment for this great show.

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 12/8/17 2:29 pm
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At least I can have a laugh.
It’s got one of the cringiest resolutions of the whole new who.
But there’s still things to like.
And the absorbaloff is the most ridiculous monster ever , you must see it at least just to lose it.

Bit of elo didn’t hurt either !
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Reviewed By: DalekbusterScreen5ReviewsReview Date: 4/12/17 4:58 pm
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This review was written on April Fools Day 2016, as I decided this is the one Doctor Who episode that feels the most like an April Fools joke. Yes, that's right: Love & Monsters.

Love & Monsters is quite simply an abomination in every sense of the word. The premise is about a Doctor fan group called L.I.N.D.A. (London Investigation 'n' Detective Agency) led by Elton Pope (Marc Warren) who seek to track down the Doctor and Rose because they're rabid fanboys. If that sounds incredibly meta, that's because it is. The only difference here is that the fans are bland; nothing like the exciting characters you get in real-life fandom.

It only gets worse when Peter Kay comes in as Victor Kennedy. To be fair to him, he's not too bad at first but when he becomes the Abzorbaloff he is laughably terrible in the role. As I said previously, Peter Kay would have been better playing a fan like Malcolm in Planet of the Dead as opposed to a cheesy monster invented by a kid.

Who's idiotic idea was it to let a kid design a monster for the series?

There's a reason why 10 year olds don't work as costume designers!

Yet there's something far, far worse than all this. It's hinted that Elton Pope, the guy who is supposed to be our substitute for the Doctor, has sex with a paving slab.

Overall, Love & Monsters is without a doubt the worst Doctor Who episode of all time.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/2/17 5:08 pm
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Love and Monsters doesn't really seem like it's that bad. It's not "awful from start to finish" bad in the sense of many Doctor Who stories. In fact, throughout the first 2/3, the story builds a lot of good will as we get a story that seems about friendship and community, and how that is what actually matters. In addition, seeing Jackie without the Doctor and Rose around is actually kind of interesting.

Yet, the ending is no nasty (and not even nasty in a clever way) that it undoes most of the good will the episode had built. Even the explanation of why the Doctor was in Elton's house is kind of flat and unexpected. Overall, this isn't the worst episode in Doctor Who history, but it's probably the most disappointing.