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Duelling Claras, a sucker punch and Basil’s legendary soliloquy

Clara Oswald is being Old Boy’d inside her own mind when she realises that she’s not quite out for the count yet, and instead perfectly capable of subconsciously strategising against her doppelganger. She even managed her own mini retro rewrite of last week’s ending.

Doc, meanwhile, may have bailed out of his poncing purposes airplane, but is not about to bail on either party in this struggle. Companion of the fortnight, Osgood (maybe), is at his side as he heads back to civilisation to see how much life Clara has left in her.

The Zygon splinter group, led by Bonnie, the aforementioned double, will stop at nothing to expose the truth or consequences, even going so far as to flip a coin and risk committing mass suicide. Only a legendarily badass soliloquy can save the day.

Here's what we think of N125 The Zygon Inversion

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

3.9

Drew | @drewbackwhen

3.2

Jim | @jimmythewho

3.8

Here's what we think of N125 The Zygon Inversion

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

3.9

Drew | @drewbackwhen

3.2

Jim | @jimmythewho

3.8

Here's what you think 3 Responses to “N125 The Zygon Inversion”
  1. Awesome Alfie

    I didn’t review the first half of this two parter because I couldn’t remember it, but I remember this half because of the amazing and awesome speech.

    It was also cool that this two parter is a sequel to day of the doctor. So does it go: name of the doctor, night of the doctor, day of the doctor, time of the doctor then zygon 2 parter? I guess so.

    I give this episode a 3.5

    From the maybe zygon maybe not awesome Alfie

  2. Eddie Rock | @TheEddieRock

    Eddie and Zygon Eddie back for this exciting conclusion to a fantastic two parter that out performed its predecessor. Everyone steps their game up for this one. The performances by The Doctor, Kagles and especially Clara really shine

    At first I wasn’t sure how to feel about Clara being able to subconsciously control Bonnie but I realized we’ve never really seen things from the Zygon perspective before or from someone who’s been replaced and getting to see the extent of the previously established psychic link was really fun to see. Clara has always been exceptional, so her strength really helps sell the storyline. The scene of her interrogating herself was brilliant. Watching her one up herself back and forth was masterful

    The only scene I think that shined brighter was the final speech scene with Doc in the Black Archives. It was deep and passionate and spoke volumes about the history of humanity’s flaws and psyche that are still relevant today, all performed rivetingly by Capaldi. The surprise with Kate was fantastic. How did she pull off the switch? Oh, she just shot the Zygon. Sure that works. The double boxes, the boxes being empty, that this is the 16th time it’s happened! Twist after twist pulled off amazingly.

    Overall a wonderfully epic finale to an awesome story. We give this 4.7 out of 5 shocking Doctor browser history entries. We’ll see you next time where I won’t be nearly as generous with my rating (Spoilers) Till then, Rock on

  3. Michael Ridgway | @bad_movie_club

    Likes:

    • Super foxy evil Clara and her tête-à-tête with good Clara.
    • The depressed Zygon bum (sniff)
    • “Five rounds rapid”!
    • *That* anti-war speech and the forgiveness ending. Not since the Seventh Doctor have we seen the Doc talk a villain into capitulating.
    • The absence of rubbish tumbleweeds.

    Beefs:

    • The ‘nothing in the boxes’ felt like a cop-out ‘twist’ too far.
    • It’s one thing being forgiven by the Doctor and the very few (surviving) humans that knew about the Zygon insurrection – but is evil Clara and co really going to be forgiven by the moderate Zygons? Surely they’d be after revenge?
    • Is that the last we see of Osgood? It would be a shame if so.

    Summary: A mostly satisfying resolution, packing a powerful anti-war punch.

    Rating: 4.7/5, erm, Osgood boxes that do nothing, apparently (booo).

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