Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion review

Posted on December 5, 2015

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The Storyline

The Zygon Invasion by Stuart Manning (7)

The Zygon Invasion by Stuart Manning


We start this episode with Osgood being taken by a Zygon. It seems that a terrorist faction of the Zygons want to reveal to the world that millions of their kind live in peace amongst them, even if it means killing their own people.

The Doctor is helped by Kate Lethbridge Stuart and UNIT in trying to stop the incursion and travel to a town called Truth or Consequences in Mexico where many seem to be as well as underneath London where they are planning something big. The Doctor and Colonel Walsh travel to a village in Turmezistan that is a Zygon occupied area, to trace Osgood where one of the soldiers is tricked by a double of his mother and kills all of the soldiers. The Doctor finds Osgood who tells him that they have to return to London. He asks her if she is the real Osgood or a Zygon copy. She refuses to answer directly telling him she is a hybrid and peaceful and still had the Osgood box he left her in case all goes bad with the peace between the two races.

Clara finds loads of pods and orders them all destroyed but not all is as it seems and the horrifying truth is revealed.

Meanwhile a captured Zygon tells the Doctor they want the world at any cost where they can live as themselves.
The Zygon plans fall into place as Clara blows the plane carrying the Doctor and Osgood out of the sky.

The Review

Osgood is back! Hurrah! For a series that takes a lot of flak for not having strong female characters it does quite well indeed, especially this series and this episode where all of the women are strong and brilliant. But you will always have an element out there who want more and will not be happy until they get a female Doctor.

Anyway, I digress. This episode is basically about terrorism and one group not entirely happy with the peace deal/treaty so break it and go to war against their own kind and human alike.

The Clara character is quite interesting in this one for reasons that become apparent and prove what a talented actress Jenna Coleman is although it is obvious she is much better than this and will soon prove herself as a young Queen Victoria after leaving Doctor Who at the end of this series.

All in all another strong episode in a very good series nine (or thirty-five to us long-term fans).

If you are interested in the above poster or any of the brilliant work done by Stuart Manning you can buy his prints and he does commissions too. You can view his work here and buy them here.

The Cast

Peter Capaldi – The Doctor
Jenna Coleman – Clara Oswald

Ingrid Oliver – Osgood
Jemma Redgrave – Kate Stewart
Rebecca Front – Colonel Walsh
Jaye Griffiths – Jac
Cleopatra Dickens – Claudette
Sasha Dickens – Jemima
Abhishek Singh – Little Boy
Samila Kularatne – Little Boy’s mum
Todd Kramer – Hitchley
Jill Winternitz – Lisa
Gretchen Egolf – Norlander
Karen Mann – Hitchley’s Mum
Aidan Cook – Zygon
Tom Wilton – Zygon
Nicholas Briggs – Voice of the Zygons in an uncredited role

Production

Writer – Peter Harness
Director – Daniel Nettheim

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