Doctor Who is in somewhat of a wibbly-unbalanced, timey-wimey space at the present time. Chris Chibnall is as yet in post as showrunner, yet he and ebb and flow Doctor Jodie Whittaker have reported their exit toward the finish of this season with Russell T Davies set to return in Chibnall’s place.
So the Halloween Apocalypse addresses a fresh start. It’s the first of a smaller than expected series curve entitled Doctor Who: Flux in front of three specials one year from now. Six episodes Layout, one story, and definitely no notice of last season’s Timeless Child storyline, which disturbed a few fans pretty seriously by appearing to totally revise the Doctor’s history.
It’s somewhat of a help to observe that Whittaker’s end run as Doctor begins promisingly. We meet Doctor and Yaz (Mandip Gill) as they’re going to be dropped into an ocean of bubbling corrosiveness by a defensively covered outsider called Karvanista. The Doctor has an arrangement, however Layout the voice-actuated handcuffs she’s adhered to aren’t paying attention to her: “Perhaps I was Scottish when I set these up?”
In the interim in current Liverpool Dan, played by John Bishop, gets hauled into things when Karvanista, who ends up being an intensely equipped seven-foot Mancunian-emphasized Border Terrier, comes going house to house asking for candy round his Anfield home.
There’s a long practice of joke artists springing up in new Who, from the excellent (Bradley Walsh and Catherine Tate) to the genuinely repellent (Peter Kay playing a major green mass planned by a youngster for a Blue Peter rivalry). Cleric’s introduction is a hodgepodge.
Back in 1820 in Liverpool, a man with immense sheep cleaves named Williamson was paying laborers to dig tremendous caverns for obscure purposes Tripack.
It’s unquestionably the most Scouse episode of Doctor Who of all time. There’s even a little gesture to the nearby custom of Mizzy Night, looking like a thirty-something stunt or treater for certain jars and twelve eggs prepared to shower Dan’s home. Also, it turns out this Doctor could subtly be a Red herself.