Doctor Who – The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion

While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:

Here be spoilers!

There’s a bit of a theme going on with this series of Doctor Who. No, scratch that. There are two bloody themes going on. Well, come to think of it, knowing Mr Steven Devious Moffat, there are probably a couple of others that are less apparent, but will become apparent later. So for now, I’ll go with the apparent ones. The first is the matter of the Hybrid. In the little bit of fun with Davros, there was some oblique muttering about a Dalek/Time Lord hybrid, and in that little immortality thing, there was the suggestion that Ashildir/Me (who I understand we will be seeing again soon) was some kind of hybrid following the Doctor’s intervention. And now in this Zygon two-parter, we have the notion that the surviving Osgood[1] (the one not zapped by Missy) could be considered a hybrid. Is this leading somewhere? Is it misdirection? Is something going to happen relating to a hybrid somethingorother? Time will tell…

The other theme is consequences. It’s been remarked (more than once by Davros) that the Doctor keeps running because he can’t deal with the consequences of his actions. Well, this year, he’s getting a lot of those. The whole of the Davros story was about the consequences of the Doctor’s actions on Skaro – though entertainingly, Davros and the Doctor had very different ideas about exactly what the Doctor was ashamed of. And in the Asildir/Me story, the Doctor had to face up to the results of saving the girl who died.

And this one was Mr Moffat’s carefully planned follow up to the Zygon/Human settlement in the 50th anniversary story. The Doctor(s) forced the humans and Zygons into a truce, and now he’d having to deal with what happens later…

As you might expect, settling loads of Zygons on Earth, suitably disguised as humans is not without its problems. Especially when some Zygons decide that they don’t really like being disguised and that, come to think of it, they’d like to have the whole planet. And given their ability to disguise themselves as anyone at all, much trouble follows…

Clara has a lot of fun with her Zygon double, and Kate Stewart channels her father quite wonderfully with the classic line

Five rounds rapid

which was surely Mr Moffat’s gift to fans of a certain generation. But it’s the Doctor who dominates this story – once again forcing a truce by sheer force of will, he’s utterly spellbinding. Peter Capaldi started out well, but this is surely the point at which he’s made the role his own. Mr Moffat has said that Peter’s not going anywhere in a hurry, and that sounds like a Good Thing to me.

But one thing we do know is that Clara will be going somewhere…

[1] Possibly human, possibly Zygon. She declined to clarify