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Doc leaves Clara hanging in a haunted underwater research facility or military base or oil rig

The TARDIS is unhappy to have brought the 12th Doctor and Clara to an underwater research base in 2119 fully equipped with nuclear reactor, Star Trek references, quippy characters and a small but growing complement of ghosts bent on murdering anyone who enters the recovered alien spaceship in the loading bay.

There wasn’t always a lake where they are, however, and nearby is a submerged village slash military base slash underwater museum, its sole non-aquatic occupant a mystery that has lain entombed in a stasis pod since before the flood.

The spectral assassins only appear when the station goes into night-mode, and possibly but probably not to form a boyband, so the race is on to unravel this mystery and exorcise the base before digital dusk claims its next victim.

You asked for it, Michael. Here are the cards… ;-)

Here's what we think of N120 Under the Lake

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

3.8

Drew | @drewbackwhen

3.3

Marie | Not on twitter...

2.2

Here's what we think of N120 Under the Lake

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

3.8

Drew | @drewbackwhen

3.3

Marie | Not on twitter...

2.2

Here's what you think 3 Responses to “N120 Under the Lake”
  1. EcclestonIsBest

    Another 2-parter in what is the season of 2-parters. Capaldi and Coleman arrive in an underwater nuclear facility in the near future haunted with ghosts. Hilarity (mainly provided by the Doctor’s awkwardness) ensues.

    Sontarans:
    —Similarly to the arcs of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit and The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People, the production team was able to create the feeling of a whole complex with only a few rooms and a corridor.
    —I enjoyed the cast for these two episodes. There is a dead military guy, double-crossing businessman, loving deaf leader that relies on generic crew person with no real personality, science guy, and definitely not Osgood.
    —The scene with the cards reminds the audience that while strange things are afoot at the Nuclear K, people have still died and the crew have lost some very good friends.

    Pigslaves:
    —The Ghosts never really feel all that scary. They just kind of seem like slow-moving zombies that can walk through some of the walls but only sometimes.
    —How come no one monitors who leaves and returns to the base? How can business guy leave the structure without anyone realizing? Also, why would he leave if we later find there is a remote control VR submarine?
    —How did they get the ship and casket into the base? The only exit we see is human sized. Why would you have a door to carry in a whole ship?
    —That has to be the singularly most boring spaceship I have seen since the featureless gray box ship from that one episode Futurama with the street racers.

    RATING: 3.5 dead friends/family members/pets

  2. Eddie Rock | @TheEddieRock

    Lets get this Rock rolling. To start off, I love the Tivoli. They are such a unique and entertaining recurring species that make me just want to hug and then conquer them. This one played by the great Paul Kaye. Hopefully he has a bigger role next episode (wink wink). I found the whole crew endearing in this episode. Especially O’Donnell’s fangirl-ing over The Doctor. Did anyone notice the idiot characters full name? Richard Pritchard. If I had parents that cruel I’d probably be a bit of an asshole too

    Clara starts showing she’s becoming a bit too “native”. Surely that won’t prove to be a problem later on, right? Luckily, she’s still human enough to supply The Doctor with hilarious cue cards which would have saved me some embarrassment on my last date. Awkward. Anyway, for once the Davis Principle doesn’t apply here since they can escape in the Tardis whenever they want, so they can hopefully go back and break the unfortunately common pattern of disappointing second episodes

    The Doctor is at the top of his game in this one, between his concern for Clara and his mildly insulting attitude towards the local fauna. Though he loses points for leaving Clara hanging on that high five. Ultimately I really enjoyed this episode and give it a 4.0 out of 5 Tivoli conquering geese

    Until next week (which features two awesome, yet subtle, new special guest appearances) Rock on

  3. Michael Ridgway | @bad_movie_club

    Things I Liked

    • The ghosts. My goodness. This is X Files levels of creepiness. The drowned guy in the cantina, the ghosts coming out of the floor, the bit when they were walking on the wall and ceiling (which made zero sense – but hey, it was freaky). By far the scariest undead in ‘Who since the Seventh Doctor battled zombie vikings in The Curse of Fenric.
    • And, of course, *That* cliffhanger. Okay, I know I whinged at the fake exterminations of Clara and Missy but this was different dammit! It teases a catastrophe: What went wrong in the past? I must know!
    • The bait-and-chase trap. A homage to Alien 3 perhaps? Does this mean Alien 3 is now officially good?
    • The Doctor’s empathy cards. Another magic moment of Doctor-Clara chemistry. Screen shot of each card please.

    Beefs:

    • I’m assuming there is a bunch of stuff which will never be explained: why do the ghosts only come out when the base claims it is night-time? And why can they only move metal objects?
    • Why did the crew abandon their dinner 8 hours prior to the Doctor and Clara’s arrival when they had known about the ghosts (and presumably found out about the Faraday Cage) three days earlier? They had a good 12 hours to finish their dinner and wash the dishes. No excuses people!

    Summary: Doctor Who crossed with Event Horizon and The Abyss. A fantastic, terrifying tale.

    Rating: 4.4/5 litres of febreeze required daily to cleanse the Faraday Cage of six rather sweaty people.

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