Written by Ollie C.
Another base under siege story? That's actually quite good? Chibnall you had me worried there.
'The Tsuranga Conundrum' is undoubtedly a simple story, with the Doctor and Co. aboard a hospital ship, and none other than Crazy Frog's evil twin brother as the alien invader, I wasn't expecting much before the episode aired. But I was proved wrong. 'The Tsuranga Conundrum' albeit with a few small issues, is a rather enjoyable story with a bitter-sweet ending and a pile of character development.
Chibnall clearly shows his strengths again here, something we are beginning to see a pattern with. He's very good at developing characters, giving them depth even if we only spend 50 minutes with them- something his predecessor struggled to do over 3 series (I'm looking at you Clara Oswald). But what he does do well in character building, is depleted by his struggle with an interesting plot. The plot is pretty thin which can be summed up as 'hospital under attack, crew try and sort it out', let's just hope Chibnall takes this criticism on board in the future.
One of the standouts of this episode isn't in fact the acting or the effects, rather the set design strikes me as one of the most impressive Doctor Who's seen in quite a while. And as for Segun Akinola's score- WOW! He said he takes inspiration from the likes of Hans Zimmer and you can definitely sense that here, in this interstellar episode.
The villain is going to be something fans may be divided on- going down the more small but feisty route in comparison to previous villains such as T'zim-Sha- but hey, it worked for the Bannakaffalatta, let's see how it goes down with the rest of the fan-base.
In conclusion, the episode is simple, but fun. Better than last weeks but nothing ground breaking. We're halfway through the series now, come on Chibnall, in the word of the Cromulons- show me what you got!
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