Before I get to it, though, the current Doctor Who theme has an opening which sinks in tone after a few “duh-duh-duh-dun”s, and that’s always how I feel about this programme when I get episodes like this…
The opening monologue from Jodie Whittaker had me fearing for another speech about so-called “man-made climate change”, but that wasn’t far away as they tried to tie it in with litterbugs and birds dying.
Warren Brown has gone from cop to over-zealous security guard, and in search of a random individual in Hong Kong, somehow circumventing the Corona Virus outbreak, even though it’s far less of an issue than basic flu.
However, there’s something alien-like going on as a man called Zach displays definite symptoms on the beach that makes him look a bit ‘Pat and Mick’. People are turning into the living dead…
The aliens didn’t make for much to get excited about, as they were just tall men in gas masks, shooting lasers. Yep, no expense spent on the set design… and later, on the plot, because what was killing the birds which then affects the humans is the plastics… OH NO! PLASTIC WILL TURN US INTO ALIENS!!!
Hilarious! Those in charge don’t even have to try any more!!! And that’s one reason why this episode sucked big-time.
Oh, and don’t forget Jodie’s Doctor escapades often nicking plots from existing movies, this one doing this with Alien, with just before got to their inevitable point, and Hitchcock’s The Birds.
And as for who was to blame on the whole Farage of a mess… it was as if the writers just thought, “Oh, let’s say it’s them”, and then picked a random individual.
There’s a similar outpouring of this on the Doctor Who Facebook page. Viewers want escapism instead of a lecture.
Oh, and a couple of spoilers…
Praxeus is available on the BBC iPlayer.
Out the same day, is the Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook.
Director: Jamie Magnus Stone
Producer: Nikki Wilson
Writer: Pete McTighe, Chris Chibnall
The Doctor: Jodie Whittaker
Graham O’Brien: Bradley Walsh
Ryan Sinclair: Tosin Cole
Yasmin Khan: Mandip Gill
Jake Willis: Warren Brown
Adam Lang: Matthew McNulty
Suki Cheng: Molly Harris
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