Doctor Who XXXV/9.3: Under the Lake
For a change this week, I thought I’d make notes during the episode and then transcribe them with minimal tidying-up or comment below. It’s not quite a liveblog:
Corporate interest: Silence in the Library, The Almost People
Army incompetence [an old Doctor Who trope from the third Doctor’s day] (and the Faslane security/safety leak?)
Loch Ness Monster [in mural] – Zygon foreshadowing?
When is the last time we just saw Clara being adventurous and exploring things? Ever?
Great when [illegible] set. TARDIS translation issue.
Doctor’s adventure running at a different trajectory [to the humans he is with]?
Mythical oil reserves…
Swipe at [human] culture
Why is this man still talking? = You just lost the right…. [The Long Game – no, sorry, The Parting of the Ways – thanks, Mel]
Clara’s human reponses cards are still needed in this age of a more excited [outgoing] humane Capaldi. She’s there to signal message [not just of the Doctor’s alienness] but of the crew as emotional beings [who have lost their friend].
TARDIS trauma (roundels! roundels!)
‘Where the action is’ – Dr and Clara as visitors to plot [and can choose to be audience to events – immersive live theatre]
Doctor as visitor [but an involved one] to humanity.
Doctor as a vector coursing through future of humanity. UNIT of future know who he is [and it’s practically a vote of confidence in the future of Doctor Who]
Virtual reality as an everyday tool – contemporary [cutting-edge 2015 ‘dressed’ as 2119]
Tomb is a plain sarcophagus – fitting for something found in a church – showing off the architectural affinities of Michael Pickwoad.
Words as magnets – electromagnetic field – power of words [The Shakespeare Code – theory of ideas as replicating memes]
Peter Andre – Strictly Come Dancing cross-promotion! [except this was recorded back in January – but still, when did they know?]
Can’t the Doctor bring the TARDIS to them using his ‘sonic’ glasses?
Two new temporary companions!
Great final anticipated image of the Doctor as ghost [eyes hollowed out and view through eyes recalls The Empty Child]
Most of the episode takes place on my 149th birthday, too. I doubt this is of any significance beyond personal amusement.