Doctor Who 9×08 Review: The Zygon Inversion


Peter Capaldi has been the Doctor for almost two years now. I already thought he was brilliant at playing him, but, oh my, I think it is safe to say that ‘The Zygon Inversion’ is the episode in which I have finally realised that he IS the Doctor, because he left me speechless.

I am talking, of course, about that scene at the Black Archive. Throughout his breath-taking speech, he embodied the pain and the anger and the rage the Time Lord has suffered in all his lives. And he did it so convincingly, going from utter fury to joking around to complete heartbreak. If anyone was doubtful about Capaldi (and unfortunately some idiots out there still were), I hope this shut their mouths forever.

zygon inversion osgood zygellaNow, back to the story! Of course the Doctor didn’t die in that explosion! Turns out that Clara’s mind is so powerful that she can control Zygella (yes, I prefer that over “Bonnie”). In the end, all Zygella wanted was for the Zygons to be out in the open and die fighting instead of hiding, but thankfully she was convinced in the last minute by the Doctor to join the Peace Team and keep defending the Earth –but with Osgood’s face this time.

I must have said this before, but I will repeat it: it looks as if they are trying really, really hard to make us say goodbye to Clara before she is even gone. It’s all very premonitory and gloomy, and I do hope they won’t kill her off, because then whoever comes after her will have the hard time of replacing a dead person, which is never an easy task. Now, I have always been a strong Clara/Jenna supporter, but it worries me the way they are alluding to her departure the entire season. It is making me detach from her because I can see what is coming. Just think of this recent example: when Billie Piper left, Rose’s fate was only really foreseen in the two-part finale, but other than that, she was out there having a great time with the Doctor and holding hands and whatnot, which is what made her departure more heart-breaking (oh, Doomsday). With Clara, I fear that the moment she leaves I will just be like “sure, of course, it’s not like we didn’t see that coming”, and I don’t like that.

But other than that, it was a great episode! Out of all the two parters so far, I dare to say this is the best one in my opinion, but only because I liked both episodes equally –for instance, with the previous two, I loved episode 6, but I thought episode 5 was a bit silly.

Looking forward to next week’s! Mark Gatiss wrote it, and it looks as if it’s going to be more detached from the episode following it (written by Sarah Dollard).


“I had a big plane for purposes of poncing about”

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-Previous Doctors references: the Fifth Doctor’s jacket was hanging on a coat stand, and there was a very colourful portrait of the First Doctor.

-It took a few weeks, but I’m really starting to like this Capaldi-in-shades look. But I do want the screwdriver back at some point.

-I could definitely see some metaphor about immigration going on with the Zygon that false Clara unmasks. Everything he said at the abandoned mall was a complete parallel of what an immigrant has to endure.

-Quite a clever twist with the two Osgood boxes, in a very Matrix-like scenario. It was very Doctor-y.

-“Why do you have a Union Jack parachute?” “Camouflage.” “Camouflage?” “Yes, we’re in Britain.”

-“The first thing I’d do if I wanted to invade the world would be to kill you.” “Thanks.” “I wouldn’t even let you get talking, like you always do. Bullet between the yes, first thing.” “Again, thank you.” “12 times, if necessary.” “Ah yes, why limit yourself? You’ve really thought this though, haven’t you?”

-“You know what winking means, don’t you? You’re sending out some very mixed messages here. You know I’m over 2,000 years old? I’m old enough to be your Messiah.”

-“Five rounds’ rapid.”

-“Do you know what thinking is? It’s just a fancy word for changing your mind.”

-“I made it up from the initials. It stands for ‘Totally and Radically Driving in Space’.”


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2 thoughts on “Doctor Who 9×08 Review: The Zygon Inversion

  1. Heather

    Everything just gelled in this episode. All the actors were on top form and just brilliant directing and writing. Loved the Union Jack parachute(very Bond-like) and I did laugh at some of the jokes. The electric hair still looks still instead of horrific.

    Coleman was brilliant this episode and I almost wish her character was a little more bad-a$$ since she plays it so much better than the “impossible but boring” girl. I do think the writers are slowly moving the audience away from missing Clara since her character and the Doctor haven’t been together in scenes.

    Could Osgood be the next companion? Hated her character before just her and Capaldi clicked this episode and she’d be an intelligent choice for companion. Though she would have to start wearing miniskirts or tight pants..

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