My brief spoiler-y review of the latest episode:
Another excellent episode. So far, the season is three for three — not a dud in the bunch.
Yet again, we have a brilliantly bizarre SF premise (the never-ending life on the Motorway, with the dead city above and monsters below), which makes it seem very much like a story from the old annuals, or a comic strip from Doctor Who Monthly (The cat-in-a-leather-flight-helmet was very “Freefall Warriors”, for those who remember that strip).
Plus: MACRA!!! Holy crap! Take an obscure monster from a Troughton episode (one of the “lost episodes” that the BBC stupidly deleted —a “photonovel” version of the story, taken from stills, can be found here.), and throw it in just to please long-time fans. Brilliant. They could have easily come up with some other kind of beastie, but this way they give a nod to the old-timers like me. Plus….they managed to keep it a secret, even in the age of the Internet. I was gobsmacked.
In other developments, I had correctly guessed what the Face of Boe’s message would be. Russell Davies had said in the magazine last year that it would be “four words” — and I had guessed “You Are Not Alone.” Sure enough, there it was. Also interesting to note that the prophecy surrounding The Face of Boe’s death, first told to us in last season’s New Earth came true — that on the day he dies, the sky will “crack asunder”, and that he’ll tell one final secret to a homeless, wandering traveller…The Lonely God. The sky did crack asunder — the ‘sky’ of the motorway was opened to the air, letting all of the travellers free.
Next week, Daleks in 1930s New York, in part one of the season’s first two-parter. Can’t wait.