“The Doctor and Clara land on a damaged Russian Submarine in 1983 as it spirals out of control into the ocean depths. An alien creature is loose on board, having escaped from a block of Arctic ice. With tempers flaring and a cargo of nuclear weapons on board, it’s not just the crew but the whole of humanity at stake!”
Well, one thing’s for sure, this episode is a lot better than last week’s–if not as emotionally compelling.
I came into the Doctor Who fandom a little late. I didn’t even begin when the series was rebooted back in 2005. My time with the Doctor started when the current one began his tenure. And I have no intention, as of now, to go back beyond the Ninth Doctor. Because of this, I find myself not caring a lot about the fact that we meet an Ice Warrior in this episode.
Unfortunately, I think the episode hinges too much on the fact that there’s an ice warrior. I felt like this episode was a disservice to Clara who we still have to get to know more. Of all the companions since the Doctor came back in the 21st century, only Clara has had to deal with a monumental anniversary–and suffered in terms of storytelling.
Had this episode happened with Amy and Rory still around, I think I would have cared more about the story. But we have Clara. The mysterious twice-dead woman whose existence is impossible.
And we’re spending time inside a cramped submarine confronting an alien that doesn’t really look or feel scary.
Yes, I did say this episode was better than last week’s. Because last week had too much going on, I feel. This one was contained to a single story–that dragged on. At least The Rings of Akhaten had that emotional scene with the Doctor confronting his demons…in the face of another demon. And, let’s not forget, there were the clippings from Clara’s life too.
This one relied too much on nostalgia.
I’m hoping next week’s episode would be more like The Bells of St. John, in the case that it moves Clara’s plot along–whilst having a good story, a good villain, and a good (or at least a serviceable) resolution.