Warning: Spoilers for Doctor Who Flux: Once, Upon A Time (episode 3) ahead.
Well that was…a lot!
Barely a minute into episode three of Doctor Who: Flux and all hell has broken loose. The Daleks are back! The Flux has caused chaos! Suddenly the Cybermen are here. And the Weeping Angels. JO MARTIN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
After we left Yaz (Mandip Gill) in peril last week as she was placed to stand in for the Mouri, we catch up with Team Tardis as they’re attempting to stop the Siege of Atropos. The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) feels like she’s missed a few chapters – because she has.
Time has been thrown completely off kilter and it’s up to her to set things back as they were, if that’s even possible. Dashing between different timelines, she attempts to hide Yaz, Dan (John Bishop) and Vinder (Jacob Anderson) in their own lives, as they have to live and relive past and future memories. For Vinder especially, it’s not exactly pleasant.
Meanwhile, across the universe, people are dealing with the fallout of the Flux. Thaddea Graham’s character is searching for someone (Vinder, as it turns out) and just trying to survive as she encounters Daleks and Cybermen, while Yaz encounters one of the Doctor’s most terrifying enemies – the Weeping Angels.
As we leave Vinder on his home planet, things have gone from bad to worse when Team Tardis discover a Weeping Angel has gained control of the Tardis. The Doctor has no idea what to do other than, well, not blink.
There are sure to be critics of this episode – there was a huge amount going on, it might be a bit overwhelming, and it seems the Daleks and Cybermen were a little bit underused.
But on the whole, showrunner Chris Chibnall has succeeded in bringing Doctor Who to exciting new heights. A storyline like this may never have worked in the episodic format, even in the well-loved two or three part story arcs, and it’s made the show genuinely exciting again. And episode three is clearly where it’s started to hugely pay off.
Moments of jarring dialogue aside (yep, they’re still there), this episode was pretty much everything Doctor Who should be – suspenseful, hilarious at moments, terrifying and fun at the same time, taking the mick out of itself but still managing to set us up for some real danger.
Segun Akinola’s score was glorious, and the cast absolutely shone.
Jacob got enough screentime that we now actually care about Vinder. Mandip was amazing in her various different roles this episode, John seemed to come into his own as Dan, and Jodie absolutely smashed it.
And the return of Jo as the Fugitive Doctor? Wonderfully done.
Next up is the full-on return of the Weeping Angels in Village of the Angels and we could not be more ready.
Doctor Who: Flux returns Sunday at 6:15pm on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.