Overnight figures gave The Sontaran Stratagem viewing figures of 6.4m, with digital and delayed viewings set to be added, this puts the adventure roughly in the same bracket as Planet of the Ood.
Not perfect for an early season two-parter, however I don’t think it’s time to set the alarm bells just yet – not with 35% of the available audience!
The Stage exclaimed "Ah, this is more like it!", declaring that:
Helen Raynor, who penned last year’s (unfairly) maligned Dalek two-parter, rises to the challenge here, delivering a script with a deftly simple premise that makes you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself
However thankfully it isn’t completely blinkered squee…
Do I have a gripe? Perhaps a couple of sequences dragged a little too long – I was bored with the two UNIT soldiers being clobbered by Staal early on, and that’s down to direction and editing. I was also wondering why, in the run up to the cliff-hanger, somebody didn’t just find something to smash the car window as Wilf is being gassed, but really, this is minor stuff in a very strong episode.
Elsewhere, Metro.co.uk reckoned Doctor Who could have done without Sontarans.
Doctor Who might have hit perfection on Saturday had it picked the precocious, US-accented young science geek, Luke Rattigan (played by Ryan Sampson), to be the main enemy. Instead, it opted for a Sontaran: a squat, alien soldier, complete with a Napoleon complex, a hatred of the Time Lords and a contract to supply all our cars with satnav.
Of course – they’re thinking of The Sarah Jane Adventures!