In Review: Doctor Who – It Takes You Away

On the edge of a Norwegian fjord in the present day, the Doctor, Ryan, Graham, and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. 

Synopsis: On the edge of a Norwegian fjord in the present day, the Doctor, Ryan, Graham, and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help.

Review: This week Doctor Who combines multiverse theories, a Galleyfrien folktale and a touch of CS Lewis storytelling to bring us one a fun adventure, which provides some true character growth for Ryan and Graham.

The Story

When the Doctor and her gang find a cottage in the Norwegian fjord they meet Hanne a blind teenager who has been on her own for a few days but is too frightened to leave because of monsters.  The Doctor and her friends begin to investigate and while looking for clues that may lead them to Erik the young girls’ father they come across a mirror, which turns out to be a portal.

The Doctor decides to go through the Portal and takes Graham and Yaz with her and leaves Ryan to look after Hanne.

Having stepped through the portal the Doctor, Yaz and Graham meet an alien being called Ribbons who offers to help them find Erik in exchange for the Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver, but when they step through another mirror portal they find themselves in a complete replica of our work, but with a couple of surprises as added extras.

The Acting

We get some wonderful performances this week. First from Kevin Eldon who channels his inner Gollum to provide us with a deliciously twisted and mercurial character that is totally selfish and answerable to none. It’s such a shame that he was just a linking character because I’d loved to have spent more time with him.

The real good performance comes from Bradley Walsh as Graham who has to deal once and for all with the loss of his wife, which is forced due to the manipulation of an alien entity that has created the duplicate earth. The confusion and sadness that Walsh channels are utterly heartbreaking and you really do feel his loss with him.

Overall

Although the concept of mirrors linking different universes and worlds is hardly a new concept, the proof is in the telling of the story, and writers Ed Hime and Joy Wilkinson have given us a memorable story here with some wonderful character beats.

The moment towards the end of the story where Ryan called Graham his Grandad for the very first time is made all the more powerful because of the journey that Graham has been on.

Jodie Whittaker is fairly strong throughout but still needs to find something within herself to add to the Doctor as opposed to being too reliant on channeling Tennant and Smith’s incarnations. Aside from that small criticism. I think she did well this week and was brilliant at allowing space for her supporting cast to do their thing.

I also enjoyed how this episode sort of linked back to ‘The Woman Who Fell To Earth’ thanks to a returning character we believed to be dead.

To conclude this is my third favorite episode of the season thus far.

9.8
Doctor Who - It Takes You Away
  • Story
    9.8
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI
    9.6
  • Incidental Music
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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