Written by Ollie C.
This review does NOT contain spoilers for 'Kerblam!'
Back to basics this week, as Doctor Who actually does what Doctor Who does best- creepy robots against humans... sort of. Plus there's an actual threat!
This week's Doctor Who feels perhaps the most like 'proper' Doctor Who that we've got all series, with McTighe, the writer of 'Kerblam!', instantly understanding the essence of the show (something a certain Chibnall is struggling with). The evil menace in this episode initally begins as a promising one although does turn out perhaps a little too silly for its own good, but it remains a creative one, I will give it that.
The Doctor and co feel like a team more than ever this episode, each getting something to do that is well paced and developed. This leads to some great interaction between both the TARDIS team and guest actors such as Lee Mack, Julie Hesmodhalgh and Leo Flanagan. Plus we get some great callbacks to previous on screen adventures including a certain classic novelist and we get another exciting droid rivaling Kamelion and Handles.
But there does feel like something's missing. I'm not sure what, but the set (albeit visually impressive) is very simple, reminding me of 'The Tsuranga Conundrum' with its clinical backdrop, however this time, is an industrial warehouse- I mean, what was I expecting?
The episode again plays for a nice social commentary, this time on workers of corporate industries, and the rather poor spatial division of labour- Hesmondhalgh and Dixon providing for very Russell T Davies-esque characters.
Overall, the episode is a fun outing that wouldn't have gone out of place in the pre-Chibnall era of the show, hopefully a return to form after a bumpy ride this series with arguments that the show has lost its identity. I wouldn't go that far, but huge changes have been made so it's nice to have a bit of familiarity once in a while. Next week also looks incredibly exciting, right up my street!
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