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Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 7 “The Pyramid at the End of the World” Review

This season has shaped up to be rather ‘grown-up’ in approach. In a collection of stories with serious takes on timely topics, this episode examines the value of freedom versus security. The Doctor, who is literally blind, must navigate his way through this dilemma, and for once, leans on the side of violence. He is swaggering and bold and continues to lie to Bill about his eyes.

Bill is wholly human, honestly compassionate, and is again representative of the audience as well as the voice of reason. The threat to Earth comes from the mysterious and technologically advanced Monks who threaten to take over the world by being asked to save it. Meanwhile, an unlikely series of events prompts the creation of an unrelenting biological disaster.

So far this has been the most consistent run of episodes since the reboot. Capaldi maintains the grumpiness and distance of his version of the Doctor, yet he has become a more endearing character in these flaws. Bill has done a great deal to balance him out and though I am becoming resolved to his departure I really hope she doesn’t leave at the end of the season along with him.

DOCTOR WHO Season 10 Episode 4 “Knock Knock” Review

The idea is entirely believable that some college students could be so desperate for a place to live that they would ignore the obvious red flags. They take false comfort in safety in numbers when they move into the “too good to be true” lodging, and well, we know what happens next. We don’t even need the requisite nighttime thunder and lightning to set up the spooky mansion story, but it is a nice touch and it doesn’t take long for Bill and the Doctor to be looking for clues and answers.

The easy chemistry between Capaldi and Mackie makes me wish she had been around longer in the series. When she introduces the Doctor as her Granddad in this episode, it is just too funny, especially in light of how strongly he objects to the designation. That the TARDIS is employed as a moving van is also a nice excuse for a chuckle.

In terms of the MOTW, the alien lice were creepy enough, but nothing substantial was revealed about them. It would have been helpful to know where they came from, how they got there, and whether or not they were sentient. I’m glad the students inexplicably got reconstituted, I guess, but that took the menace out of the story for me and lessened the impact.

General-DC Comics

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