Before The flood begins rather unusually with a direct to camera monologue from the Doctor who really composed Beethoven’s 5th as a way to explain the idea of a bootstrap paradox. Essentially this is where a future event is the cause of an earlier event and the earlier event is then partly or entirely the cause of the event in the future. Now we have seen paradox’s on Doctor Who before but I thought that this was a great way to start the show and to have the Doctor start to play the shows theme on guitar followed by the opening titles was just incredible.
This story was less traditional than last week’s episode and was split between the Doctor in the past with Bennett and O’Donnell. Exploring the village before it was submerged they discover that the Tivolian, Prentis is still alive and that the ship has yet to have the words etched onto its walls. In the past the Doctor becomes more of a renegade as the list counts down to clara forcing a confrontation with the Fisher King.
Meanwhile clara is stuck in the future with Cass and Lunn who work with the doctor when he contacts them from the past. There was not a whole lot for the people in the future to do but it is the separation of these characters that leads to one of the best scenes in the entire episode. Cass played Sophie Leigh Stone is the series first deaf character and the scene where she is chased by the ghost of Moran was a masterpiece of sound and visuals. Moran’s weapon scraping across the floor was a stark contrast to cass’s lack of sound and the visuals here were just incredible to watch.
Corey Taylor from SlipKnot helped to provide some of the vocals of The Fisher King who was mainly voiced by Peter Serafinowicz and it was cool to finally see the villain of this two parter. Fisher King facing of against the Doctor was very well written by Toby Whitehouse although it would have been nice to have seen a little bit more of the two of them together.
Under the Lake and Before the Flood were both very well written, the cast was excellent and overall I thought it worked brilliantly. My good friend Tom pointed out that this series seems to be developing a theme of survival which makes a change from series 8 which was more about soldiers and after this weeks episode I am starting to see what he means. Overall I am really enjoying series 9 of Doctor Who and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next episode, especially as it features Maisie Williams (a.k.a Arya Stark from Game of Thrones)
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