Written by Ollie C
This review does NOT contain spoilers for 'The Ghost Monument'
'The Ghost Monument' is certainly not a perfect episode of Doctor Who, however it does deliver on what it needs to do. The episode shows us properly what Whittaker is doing with the role of the Doctor and provides us with an even better insight into our three main companions for the new series. And that ending, though.
The episode is very much your classic 'Episode 2' with low stakes, a small if not back seated villain and an arguably forgettable story line, however it does give us a good look at how our TARDIS team will be interact. Unfortunately, Yaz gets sidelined again for Ryan and Graham although it seems as though we could be getting more from here in the next episode, 'Rosa'.
The episode falls flat in places, with rather odd pacing. Some moments seem to go by way too quickly while others feel slow and drawn out. The villain is lackluster to say the least however there is a tease at a possible greater threat, behind the scenes- something Chibnall said he wasn't going to be doing. And we also get a hint at another possible series arc- what could the 'Timeless Child' be? I'll be posting my theories later in the week.
The final few moments of the episode are the most magical, however. Doctor Who has never looked this good, and if you know what I'm talking about then you will know that I'm right. And we do get to see our title sequence, shortened to around 30 seconds, but gloriously complex and perfect for the modern age.
The Ghost Monument may not be perfect, but it has its moments. Let's hope 'Rosa' can improve upon Doctor Who's fluctuating start.
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