David Suchet was the first actor I met, back in the mid eighties they filmed part of Blott on the Landscape in Blaise Castle Estate near where I lived and they erected a big polystyrene archway which all us kids found fascinating. During breaks in filming David would sign autographs and happily joke and chat with all the kids and people (George Cole by contrast was a miserable bugger! ) Since then I’ve always had a soft spot for David Suchet and was thrilled when I heard he was going to be in Doctor Who and thankfully he was superb.
Knock Knock is a wonderfully creepy story and although the story starts light with a funny house hunting montages (after a recent move I can sympathise! ) I like Bill’s friends, although they’re sketched out quickly they feel really and Bill’s reluctance to have The Doctor be part of her everyday life again feels natural and organic.
The Landlord is great and Suchet plays him so well giving a nuanced performance rather than just playing a one note villas switching from sinister to angry before reverting to the little boy who was scared of losing his mother. Eliza too is realised well and the scenes of the house and bugs eating the housemates are equally good.
Unfortunately my head phones are still mislaid somewhere from my recent move so I was unable to listen to the binaural version so hopefully I will find them before the series boxset but I’ve heard it works well.
So that’s 4 out of 4 good stories so far, this season is certainly shaping up to be a good one and a worthy swansong for both Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat.