Written by Chris Chibnall. Directed by Mark Tonderai. Reviewed by Sean Alexander
“Welcome to what I presume is your first alien planet…don’t touch anything!”
Following last week’s case of new new Doctor, new new best friends and – finally – new new theme arrangement, it’s heartening to know that this new new class of Doctor Who 2018 is still falling back on the kind of tried and trusted formulae that first made it a success all those many years ago in, er, 2005. Because after an episode set amongst the drab and dismal steel of Sheffield in 2018, and with a trip to 1950s Alabama and a certain civil rights pioneering seamstress a week away, it’s time for new new Who to take its sophomore steps into the far future, and a distant planet. If 21st Century Who learnt anything from its black-and-white stable-mate it was the need to stretch the storytelling canvas in every which way its format allowed. So, with the present day accounted for and the past another country just a week away, here is the tried and trusted trip to the final frontier of sci-fi tropes like dirty hulking spaceships and laser beams.