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Doctor who 10.5 Oxygen review

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[{"text":"#NL#Peter Capaldi's final season as The Doctor continues to impress, with a classic sci-fi story where the inhabitants of a space station are being killed off one by one."},{"spoiler":"Medium"},{"image":[{"src":"spa724539space-st.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"After a clever introduction to highlight the dangers of being in space, Nardole, Bill and The Doctor travel to the far future on a mining base owned by a greedy corporation, and find that they must pay for every breath of oxygen that they use. "},{"image":[{"src":"spa575814space-zo.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#Soon they find they are pursued by 36 corpses, lumbering along like zombies, re-animated by the robotic space suits. This is somthing that Doctor Who fans have seen a number of times, in stories like "Silence in the Library", but it is carried off effectively and chillingly in this episode.  "},{"image":[{"src":"blu580991blue-ali.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The remaining crew are not really fleshed out, one of them happens to be blue, but that is about it. It relies on the fan's knowledge of the genre, which means that the story can focus on the underlying message (in this case the evils of capitalism) rather than scene-setting.#NL#Jamie Mathieson's script almost revels in the deliberate familiarity of it all, even quoting the opening lines from "Star Trek." "},{"image":[{"src":"the970201the-sun-.jpg"},{"caption":"The Sun Makers (1977)"}]},{"text":"#NL#Doctor Who has a proud history of political stories, and "Oxygen" is very reminiscent of the Tom Baker adventure "The Sun Makers" set on Pluto, where a greedy corporation charges residents for sunlight. #NL#The message in "Oxygen" is not subtle: people are dying because of greedy capitalists. The literal battle against the (space) suits is a clear methaphor for the political battle against the (business) suits. "},{"image":[{"src":"nar872649nardole-.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#Once again the characterisation works well. Nardole has some great scenes; interacting with Bill, nagging The Doctor for deriliction of duty and remembering his lost girlfriend Velma. There was a brief memory of Bill's mum, which may prove to foreshadow events to come."},{"image":[{"src":"pro321460promo.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The script had some neat touches starting with the hard science background of the effects of exposure to the vaccuum of space, and the distances being measured in breaths. #NL#There was a nod to Matt Smith in "The Eleventh Hour" with The Doctor running out of time with "no TARDIS, no sonic". #NL#There were a couple of plot holes. For example, surely the space station would have blown up when they left?"},{"image":[{"src":"bli288791blind-ey.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"For once everything was not neatly resolved at the end of the episode. The Doctor's sacrifice to save Bill had some lasting effects - giving us a real cliffhanger into next week's episode."}]

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