After his recent adventures with Bill The Doctor is starting to become a little restless so he decides to take her on a little trip into space. Only this time Nardole is also along for the ride and when they get there they find out that all but four of the crew have been murdered. Not only that but the dead are still walking.
In a future where space suits are more highly valued than their occupants and oxygen is sold by the breath, the Doctor and his companions have a lot to do if they want to save the day. Both this and last weeks episodes are definitely on the spookier/scarier side of Doctor Who but I really think that it works in their favour.
It made a nice change for me to watch this episode live as for the past weeks I have had to watch it on record. Having the sun go down and the lights off really helped enhance the atmosphere of an episode that was well written and acted. It was also nice to see a bit more of Nardole who has only been seen here and there in the last few episodes.
Oxygen also did something a bit different with a sequence out in space where the Doctor sacrificed his main helmet to protect Bill. The sequence was unlike anything I have seen the show do before and I think it worked well within the context of the story. It’s always nice to see shows try something different and I hope to see more of that in the future.
There is also something of a running theme in this series in which the real monsters are not the alien threats but the humans themselves. In fact apart from the pilot which was about the Doctor and Bill, every episode has made mention or focused on what humans can do to others and to themselves.
The Doctor and his companions find trouble and mischief in pretty much every episode and pretty much every time he walks away from it unscathed. Sure sometimes he comes away with a new look and personality but he always walks away. However this time the Doctor gets blinded and it will be interesting to see how he deals with it.