We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
The Zygon Invasion
By Peter Harness
“We want the world.”
If you haven’t guessed by now The Zygon’s came back in 2015 and I was really happy for their return. Since the 1975 Tom Baker story Terror of the Zygons I have always wanted to see The Zygons return and after they appeared in The Day of the Doctor I had a feeling we would see them as they would want to use those expensive costumes again. What I didn’t expect and what has turned out to be a pretty good idea is that The Zygon Invasion is a loosely based sequel to the 50th Anniversary story as it builds upon the peace treaty between The Zygons and the humans.
This story seemed to be pretty political in nature. I’m not an expert in UK politics but it was pretty plain to see that with 21 million Zygons on Earth did remind me a bit about the refugee crisis going on in Britain. Plus it also reminded me of the problem with terrorists when you attack one off shoot you make them martyrs thus helping their cause. That was what The Doctor was trying to stop with the UNIT attack on the church. Doctor Who has always been political in the past and science fiction has always had a political message to it and you can say they go hand and hand.
I’m not sure about the Zygon’s new power. They appear to now change into a person from your memories. Like the UNIT soldiers mom. They were able to convince him not to shot her even though all the facts pointed in the direction of the Zygons. I always thought they need the human alive to keep the pattern but we also learned they only need them alive for information and once they get it they can kill the human off. Not sure if I like this new development as the old way made them more dangerous as they also kept your friend hostage also for a bargaining chip.
I really enjoyed The Zygon Invasion as it set up the next part nicely and it wasn’t at a fast pace either which happens to often with Doctor Who stories of the 21st Century. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next part The Zygon Inversion as it has been awhile since they did an old style alien invasion story that uses a lot of paranoid feeling to make it scary.