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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/30/19 2:30 pm
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This is the first part of a two part story and together they form one of the greatest stories in Doctor Who history. For me personally this two parter is my equal favourite story of all time, alongside Pyramids of Mars and Genesis of the Daleks. It actually has some things in common with Pyramids of Mars - the period setting, the powerful alien enemy, the turning of recognisable lifeless forms into scary soldiers (mummies/scarecrows) and the depth and brilliance of the script.

This is David Tennant at his absolute best and Freema Agyeman too is superb. The whole support cast is terrific, especially Jessica Hynes as Joan Redfern and two future stars of Game of Thrones, Harry Lloyd and Thomas Brodie Sangster, in early roles as schoolboys Baines and Latimer.

The period atmosphere, the scary thrills, the creepy tension, the exciting action, the clever and brilliant human drama and the intelligent script all set this up as a true classic piece of television. Russell T. Davies made a genius move bringing Paul Cornell's fantastically written adventure to life and creates a magical piece of Doctor Who lore that gives a whole new dimension to our beloved Doctor. Davies even cleverly links this in to creating a marvelous storyline later in series 3 as we get another instance of the Timelord essence locked into a watch.

The ideas are brilliant, there is beautiful, thoughtful storytelling and effective scares plus just totally enjoyable entertainment. This episode builds perfectly towards the emotional and exciting second part The Family of Blood. Flawless 10/10.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 3/4/18 12:04 pm
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Gloriously eerie and always my favourite two parter! Tennant shines and the time and atmosphere is just glorious! Gold does great with the score!
Cornell’s novel adapts well restructuring things enough that it’s a treat to read and watch just to compare parallels.

Martha is great and as cruel as it is I admire the accuracy of how she’s received in this time. It makes me all the more worried that the doctor won’t come back ( even though it’s inevitably going to happen)

The family of blood is terrific and terrifying in its depiction and madness!
Can’t get enough of this story

To much to blab On about really !
10/10