So following the epic Flux and preparing for the equally epic finale we get two standalone episodes and with the first we go for a staple of Doctor Who and a base under siege story with Daleks and timeloops, Having just 2 guest characters is also good after the large cast of Flux.
To be honest I am surprised its taken this long to do a whole Groundhog Day style story. I really enjoyed this story, this era has used the Daleks well and they do feel chilling and relentless in this story as they should always be. Sarah and Nick are nice characters though Nick definitely comes across a bit stalkerish but Sarah is a fantastic character that feels well rounded. Jodie is as wonderful as always and again gets to show herself being Doctorish as she works everything out under pressure (how people can say she isn’t with a straight face is beyond me), There’s still time for some good character interactions between The Doctor and Yaz with Dan making them face up to their feelings and I like that there is a clear close friendship between Yaz and Dan from their 4 years together in Flux. It was good just to have a standalone story again and it’s become one of my favourites of this era.
Then we come onto Legend of the Sea Devils which I had high hopes for as this era has done well with all its returning monsters and I liked Chris Chibnall’s Silurian story too, also the historical setting is something this era has excelled at so all the stars seemed in alignment. Obviously this became the extra episode when the BBC asked for Jodie’s finale to be part of their centenary celebrations and it does show a little sadly, one way is this should have an epic scale but dosen’t (presumably covid meant they couldn’t have too many actors or locations needing an over reliance on cgi that dosen’t always work)
The Sea Devils look impressive, their look is tweaked but hasn’t strayed too far away though they certainly look better out of the string vests. Though think they missed a trick not naming the sea monster Myrka, they’re suitably aggressive and like the “land parasite” line. Madame Ching feels a little under developed compared to other historical figures we have met before and maybe this is where the story would have benefited from a slightly longer running time. The story goes a bit all over the place towards the end and feels rushed once we get to The Sea Devils plan to flood Earth but it at least rattles along at a good pace. Though this at least gives us time at the end for Yaz and The Doctor to have their talk, this is a lovely scene and it feels right and earnt by now making you feel for both of them, the lonely timelord in all ways clearly burnt by losing so many people
So Eve was fantastic and Legends was a fun romp. These episodes and Flux being made against the covid backdrop was amazing and the team should be applauded for it. Jodie is really an excellent Doctor and watching these stories knowing we’re near the end is sad.