Doctor Who

A trip to the past. It is a great ending to the beginning of Bill’s journey with the Doctor.

Leaving off where Smile ended, the Doctor and Bill end up in the year 1814. The TARDIS lands them over a frozen Thames River in London. When the Doctor tries to leave and return to the present, the TARDIS lands them again in the same spot on the bridge above them. The Doctor jokes about the stubbornness of the TARDIS never always taking him where he wants to go.

Beneath the Thames is a monstrous alien creature with evidence of its existence being glowing dots on the ice following around. While the time traveling duo mingle with the people, they both notice the glowing dots. Two mysterious children approach them and one manages to steal the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. The Doctor and Bill chase the children out to an open patch of ice while the glowing dots are now interested in the child holding the screwdriver. A horrific moment happens where the child is swallowed under the ice. The Doctor manages to get his screwdriver before the boy goes completely under.

Bill pleads with the Doctor to do something.but he responds that he can’t. Bill storms off leaving the Doctor alone with the other child. The Doctor finds Bill hiding and pleads with her to help him. She questions of how many people he’s seen die and if he’s ever killed someone. He explains to her that at his age, seeing all he’s seen he doesn’t have to worry about the body count only who he can save at the moment he arrives. It’s later on Bill is more understanding of the Doctor’s response.

During the investigation, the Doctor and Bill come across the monster, meet the mastermind of the operation, care for the abandoned children, and a frenzy of interrogating scenes. The highlight is the Doctor completely knocking out the villain with a punch. Once captured, the Doctor and Bill engineer an escape using the sonic screwdriver and the Doctor manages to free the creature.

The Doctor and Bill return to the current time with Nardole bringing in the tea the Doctor asked for earlier in a previous episode. Nardole criticizes the Doctor for leaving the Vault unguarded. The final scene is Nardole at the Vault and there’s a violent knock on the door. Nardole quickly leaves protesting he won’t open the Vault for any reason while the sound of knocking continues into the end credits.

Mystery surrounding the end of the episode is now making for a very interesting series arc.

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