Doc & Co are happy to leave the fate of humanity in the hands of half a dozen childlike primitives with a very limited musical repertoire
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When Bill challenges The Doctor on his knowledge of Roman Britain, he transports her and Nardole to a desolate Aberdeenshire hillside so that he can establish his credentials on the fate of the famous lost Ninth Legion as a former Roman farmer, governor, juggler, and Vestal Virgin Second Class.
But something is gravely wrong: they’re in Scotland and it’s not raining. No midges either. Either they’ve landed on the one summer day every decade, or a wee embryonic gatekeeping ginge has let a light-eating locust through an inter-dimensional rift, in a classic case of Romanes eunt domus gone wrong.
As our heroes dodge between the spears of the prehistoric Picts and the swords of the cowardly centurions, can they get these two childish factions to stop being scared of each other and grow up, in time to stop the stars from being eaten and finally give Earth’s chatty corvids something to crow about?
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I’d totally forgotten what this one was about. So is it anything special?
Well, it’s not terrible I suppose…It reminds me of last time with Gatiss’s script, it’s just a bit unremarkable really. A fairly generic runaround with a monster of unspeakable horror and two warring groups who end up helping each other fight the beast. Other than some nice scenes with Bill and the Romans, I don’t particularly care much for this one.
“Death by Scotland” lol, Scotland isn’t that bad for sunlight. I’ve gotten sunburnt on many occasions whilst living in Edinburgh. It’s the midges you have to look out for. They’ll strip a man to the bone in 5 mins.
What do I give this? Not terrible, not great 2.7/5
Summary: I had completely forgotten this episode first time around, and I hope to completely forget it again.
Rating: 0.4/5 sundried Romans.