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I'll be honest, I think Gridlock often gets forgotten by people. They don't seem to remember it at all, and those that do think that it's little more than filler. But, rewatching Gridlock, I've found it to be an underrated gem of Russell T Davies Who. It avoids the usual pitfalls that Davies' scripts often fall into, and manages to tell a complete story in a fun and engaging way.
Gridlock continues the Davies-era tradition of taking something very everyday and spinning it off into a Doctor Who plot. But whereas those things normally end up feeling very wink wink, nudge nudge, Gridlock actually manages to ingrate it into a futuristic setting. The idea of people being trapped on the motorway for years is a genius one, and the whole thing reminds me of stories like The Face Of Evil and, particularly, Paradise Towers. In fact, with it's colourful cast of characters, strange and bizarre setting and occasionally brooding and melancholic Doctor, this could have been a perfect story for the Seventh Doctor. The characters in this story are excellent: certainly, there are a few that are mostly stock elements, but each are presented convincing enough for you not to care. The acting across the board is uniformly excellent, especially from Freema, Travis Oliver, Lenora Crichlow, Anna Hope and Ardal O'Hanlon. Even David Tennant is good in this, although some of the trademarks of his Doctor are presented as irritatingly as in other stories from the era.
Coupled with some standout direction from Richard Clark, some CGI work that, for the most part, still stands the test of time and a very good Murray Gold score, Gridlock is, for the most part, one of the better episodes of the Tennant era, and strong proof that solid writing and sci-fi ideas will always win out over big, blockbuster-style action and maudlin character drama.