Reviewed By: Mercury
Review Date: 1/25/19 2:30 pm
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The Doctor takes Martha to New Earth and the city of New New York which he visited previously with Rose. This time he finds the city has descended into a dystopian society where people travel on motorways for years in the hope of finding a better life than the squalor of the streets but there are creatures controlling things and the Doctor has met them before. They are the Macra. Another 'old face' (quite literally!) the 'Face of Boe' is also there and has a message for the Doctor.
The greatest strength of this story is the different levels on which it works. It is a fun adventure with humour and silliness. It also has a deeper, darker theme about society and presents a dystopian vision of a future where humans use drugs to control emotions and are willing to travel on a 'motorway' indefinitely and unquestioningly in the hope of a promised better life many years down the line. Additional, and best of all, there is a dark and emotional aspect in terms of the Doctor's feelings about the Time War, the loss of his home planet and fellow Time Lords and his relationships with companions. There are wonderful scenes where the Doctor talks about Gallifrey which link in to the classic series account of the planet. These scenes are beautifully acted by David Tennant and are very touching. Freema Agyeman continues to impress as Martha and her acting throughout is also great. The support cast are good with varied characterisations.
The effects are good and the ideas are interesting. The use of hymns is incredibly effective and overall this is a very enjoyable episode reminiscent of ideas from the classic series but done in a new way with improved effects. Nice to have the Macra given a return with CGI making them work for a new audience.