We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
Before the Flood
By Toby Whitehouse
“Clara, I want to talk to my ghost self.”
The problem with two part stories in the new version of Doctor Who is that the second part for the most part has been disappointing or at the very least pretty mediocre and has not delivered on the excitement from the first part that got you all jazzed up for the conclusion. So far in the Capaldi era the two parters have been mixed with the mediocre Dark Water/ Death in Heaven to the very well done The Magician’s Apprentice/ The Witch’s Familiar. Before the Flood has the hard task of following the really good Under the Lake and despite not being quite as good as its lead up episode it wasn’t bad at all and was pretty entertaining.
I really enjoyed Before the Flood but did not think it was as good as Under the Lake. While Under the Lake was scary and had a lot of tension that was missing from Before the Flood. Before the Flood was not all that scary and was turned into a time travel story. Yes, the scene with Cass walking in the corridors was a tad scary but you had a feeling that she would figure out that a ghost was behind her. That scene reminded me a bit of Daredevil when he used his powers to sense that someone was there. The scenes with the Fisher King screaming and chasing The Doctor, O’Donnel and Bennett were pretty good also and had a touch of Hinchcliffe to them.
One of the things that bug me is the new sonic sunglasses. The plus thing is that The Doctor doesn’t wave it around like a magic wand to save the day but it is starting to become a safe way out. I get how he used it to make the hologram ghost of himself and all that but what bugged me is if he could use the glasses to erase the imprint from everyone’s eyes why didn’t he do that earlier? Wouldn’t have made things simpler when he figured out what the words in the ship did to you. It would have made you immune from the ghosts and you wouldn’t have to worry about them anymore.
Before the Flood had a classic feel to it but just wasn’t as scary or clever as Under the Lake. It was pretty entertaining and I really did enjoy it even though I had some problems with it. It had a classic Doctor Who feel to it and even though they tried to be way to clever with the explanation of how The Doctor cheated death it wasn’t really needed as The Doctor could have explained all that to Clara at the end. But still Toby Whitehouse gave us a two part story that was really good and very entertaining and it did escape the New Who two part story curse.