Doctor Who: Invasion of the Zygons First Impressions

How fitting that one of the most disturbing episodes of the season so far airs on Halloween.

  • The Two Osgoods: You know, I don’t think anybody remembered that there were two of them at the end of the fiftieth.  Well, except for the writers apparently.
  • Amazing Grace: Well, the Doctor is Scottish now; makes sense that he’d be playing that song.
  • Doctor Disco: I’m not sure where that came from, and I’m not sure I want to know.
  • Easter Eggs!: It was sort of a “blink, and you’ll miss it” moment; but there was a picture of the First Doctor in the UNIT Safe House.
  • The Zygon High Command: It is sort of ingenious that they made themselves two little girls, nobody’s really going to think of that.
  • 127 Missed Calls: I think the Doctor’s a bit scared right now, and his first priority is making sure that Clara is safe.  Interesting.
  • He Once Snogged a Zygon: Yeah, not sure you want to bring that up again Doctor; it’s kind of weird.
  • Truth or Consequences: In light of what happens later on in this episode, that’s a very interesting line Clara has there.
  • What Lies Underneath: Hmm, strange elevator rides and people dragging what might be bodies around in sacks; that can’t be good.
  • Doctor Funkenstein: Doctor, stop.  Please!
  • A Navy Doctor: And suddenly, a wild classic Who reference appears!  And I have a hard time believing Harry Sullivan could come up with anything that gruesome.
  • “It’s not paranoia when it’s real”: This whole episode has been nothing but paranoia (as it turns out, paranoia on both sides), and it’ll only get worse from here.
  • You’re Not My Mom!: Oof, the Zygons are good at manipulating the people with UNIT.  It makes me wonder how they got this information, was it Osgood (which I doubt), or are they reading the minds and memories of their enemies?
  • Osgood and the Doctor: They have a very interesting relationship don’t they?  Hard to tell what it is at the moment, but I really hope we get to see more of it.
  • Hybrid: Ok, maybe I was wrong about “The War Minister” being the arc words for this season, but my point about Moffat reusing his own plotlines still stands.
  • The End of the World: It does feel like things are irreparably damaged this episode, we’ll have to see if the Doctor can get things back on an even keel again.
  • Will the Real Clara Please Stand Up: Oh man, I did NOT see that coming!  And it makes everything that’s happened up to this point even worse, because the false Clara has been in on the plan from the beginning.
  • The Plane is Never Going to Land: It’ll be interesting to see how the Doctor gets out of this one.

And yet another two parter, I know I complained about this before, but I think this story does need the breathing room.  So much happened in this first episode, but we’ll have to see if they can tie up all these plot threads in the next one.


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