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      Mark Gaitiss is the scribe behind this outing for the Doctor and Rose and brings the revival of Doctor Who some real weight as he moves away from the more light and frothy opening episodes and delivers a solid, spooky horror tale set in the murky streets of Victorian era Cardiff. The Doctor and Rose have barely enough time to gather their bearings before they’re introduced to their latest adversary; the mysterious Gelth; a gaseous species of alien who have been inhabiting the recently deceased and walking about in the bodies of dead folk.

      This is really a great episode, and a nice change in

      pace from the previous two episodes which, good for what they were, very much occupied the children’s television genre.

      Doctor Who is of course a family show, but there’s no reason why it can be challenging and engaging, and for that matter; frightening.

      Gaitiss offers up a spooky tale, that’s both fairly original and genuinely scary at times; it’s villains not just visually startling but with a surprisingly well thought out back story, that ties in loosely to the overall mythology as well offering up a moral dilemma for the Doctor to contend with as he considers letting them occupy the bodies of dead humans.


      • Christopher Eccleston continues to impress as the ninth Doctor, cementing his relationship with new assistant Rose as well as highlighting the intensity Eccleston is capable of.

        Billie Piper continues to develop nicely in her role as new companion Rose, not only proving herself a talented and capable actress, but providing the Doctor with conflict with her moralistic opinions that don’t gel too smoothly with the battle hardened time lord.

        Simon Callow turns in a great guest spot as Charles Dickens, with the historical figure working nicely within the story and serving as the first real life figure to appear in the revival.

        Eve Myles also

        turns in a good performance as the supernaturally endowed Gwyneth and would later go on to star as a regular in Doctor Who spin off Torchwood as well as return to Doctor Who in the series four finale episodes.

        All in all, a really great episode.

        Not only does it successfully establish the past as a highly entertaining avenue of exploration in the new series, but serves up a nice balance of warmth, humour and terror in its villains.

        All of the cast are on top form, and we’re left with one of the strongest and most enduring episodes from the first series of the Doctor Who revival.

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