A weird spooky episode, with a bit of a Sapphire & Steel style spooky British TV sci-fi mixed with a bi of a Neil Gaiman vibe. This one is a bit hard to review without spoilers, so click for more if you’ve seen it.
The crew are in Norway for no specific reason and spot a remote house by a lake. The exterior of the house is boarded up but there’s movement inside and possibly something monstrous outside…
Like many good Doctor Who story ideas, this one suffers from having to fit into the allotted time. The missing dad’s odd behaviour does make sense in retrospect (he’s being manipulated) but nobody really comments on the fact that he intentionally decided to terrorize his own daughter into thinking the house was being besieged by monsters. I feel like a degree of buildup was missing.
Graham continues to be the central companion, given more things to do and feelings to feel. Once again Yaz gets the least to do and with just one episode left for this year, it doesn’t look likely that she’s going to get a stronger episode than Arachnids in the UK.
The frog was a bit bizarre and could have done with better mouth movement when talking. However, it add to the weird folktale feel of the story. The story, minus the Doctor’s explanation of what the creature was at the other end of the portal, would have worked quite nicely with just the girl discovering the portal and finding her way to rescue her father.
Entertaining and competent.