We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
Under the Lake
By Toby Whitehouse
“Who wants to catch a ghost?”
Series 9 rolls along with Under the Lake. Under the Lake is part one of a two part story this time by Toby Whitehouse. He has written for the show before giving us stories like School Reunion, The God Complex and a few others but he is mostly known for the British and original version of Being Human. Under the Lake is his first story for the 12th Doctor and by the next time trailer it looked really good. I had high hopes for this story after watching the trailer as Doctor Who never really dealt with ghosts before, well, not in the traditional way.
I really enjoyed Under the Lake as it brought the scares and had a horror feel to it. For a very long time I was hoping the new series would go back and try and capture the feel of a Philip Hinchcliffe era story. As a fan of that era of the show I was pleased to see them try and capture the feel of the Hinchcliffe era as there were some pretty good scary moments like the hand and arm coming through the wall between The Doctor and Clara. Plus the look of the ghosts looked pretty scary especially with the eye socket blackened out. It just had that type of feel where you didn’t know if a ghost was going to appear out of nowhere. I really enjoyed that and I was pleased that they went with this type of story for part one. This story captures the feel of that era as we had ghosts and some pretty scary and dark moments and hopefully this will continue into Before the Flood.
I’m really enjoying that that series 9 will be mostly two part stories. One of the best things about Doctor Who mainly during the Classic Series years was the cliffhanger. I always felt the cliffhanger made the show and Doctor Who has had some really good cliffhangers in its history and Under the Lake gave us another. How spooky was it to see The Doctor in the water outside of the base as one of those ghosts. That was pretty good and somewhat unexpected. When The Doctor went to the past to see what caused the ghosts I did not really expect they would then cut to that. What a pretty good cliffhanger as that does make me want to see the next part more. That is the beauty of the cliffhanger as it gets you to speculate and talk about what could happen next. I really miss having the cliffhanger every week and it is good to see it back for most of series 9.
Under the Lake was a really good opening episode for this two part story and hopefully they keep the momentum going for the conclusion in Before the Flood. At least now we know what the episode titles mean.