Last night on Twitter I mused that my preview for this episode might purely consist of the phrase “OMFG!”
However, that might tease Doctor Who fans into a false sense of expectation, something I really don’t want to do. Not because this is a great episode (although I think it is) but because writer Neil Cross got bad feedback from fans for The Rings of Akhaten recently. Anyone who has seen Luther will know that Cross can write, and anyone who sees Hide will (should they unwind themselves from behind the sofa) will realise that whatever they disliked about the trip to Akhaten, whatever they experience in this new episode will be so far removed they might suspect that Neil Cross has a twin brother, also called Neil.
You’ll be amazed to find that the 40 or so images released so far by the BBC feature scenes from the first 15 minutes or so, and are quite misleading in many ways. They only scratch at the surface of spookiness that fills a story that is quite easily on a par with Image of the Fendahl for chills.
Jessica Raine and Dougray Scott are both excellent, while Jenna-Louise Coleman is a delight in what was the first story she filmed for Doctor Who. Look out also for some fan pleasing references and paraphernalia.
All in all, this is an episode that you cannot miss, one that will be compared favourably with other episodes and one that might just add a few enraged column inches to the anti BBC tabloid rags…