Written by Ollie C
Doctor Who does its very own unofficial Halloween special with Episode 4 'Arachnids in the UK' but does it deliver?
The episode is your sort of classic Doctor Who episode, with overgrown spiders and a sinister villain, but it does fall a little flat in places. 'Arachnids in the UK' is definitely not the best episode of the series yet, but provides some of the characters that perhaps didn't get much development in earlier episodes, time to breathe- we are talking about you, Yaz.
The plot is quite basic with an invasion of giant spiders, infiltrating the city of Sheffield (hardly living up to the more superlative title of 'Arachnids in the UK') and Chibnall certainly isn't going all out, playing it safe yet again. Out of all the episodes so far, this episode is very much like the Ghost Monument, with a few nice touches, a crazy and frankly stupid scene involving Ryan and a touching moment with Graham.
This could have perhaps been better as a two part story (think Black Mirror's 'Hated in the Nation' episode) where we see more of a widespread impact and frankly a more mature solution.
The episode does have its good moments, featuring one hell of a time-vortex shot at the beginning of the episode and a lovely bitter-sweet ending featuring our new "Team TARDIS". Overall, don't get your hopes up with 'Arachnids in the UK', it's hard to beat an emotional gut puncher like last week, but if you are up for a fun romp around Sheffield facing spooky goings on (and no, I'm not on about the drunks), then you will enjoy it. Weave hopefully got the best to come. And as for next week's episode, judging by the next time trailer, unfortunately nothing special. Come on Chibnall, give us something more substantial.
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