Doctor Who: Knock, Knock

I have not dropped off the face of the earth (yet), but there’s only T minus 9 days until my flight for Canada takes off … so, loads of things to do, tons of people to meet up beforehand with. Generally, what I am trying to say here is, that there are just so many things happening right now and blogging will inevitably take a backseat for the time being. But here I am, still reviewing Doctor Who‘s episode 4 of Season 10 called “Knock, Knock” only slightly delayed. Spoilers ahead!

What was it about?

Bill moves into a new house with some of her mates and the Doctor suspects there is something off with their new living quarters. It turns out there are some unexpected inhabitants in the wood that endanger the group.

My thoughts?

I am going to keep this rather short because I am a tad late and in a bit of a time scrunch. Generally, I thought the episode had a touch of creepiness, which I suppose they wanted to achieve, and it was decent. I don’t particularly like it when they make me associate things I usually love with gross aliens that could eat me. The scent of wood always reminds me of my grandpa and I get super freaked out by insects, so mixing those two and making them into a potentially lethal combo isn’t something I am going to immediately love. It didn’t remind me of a gazillion episodes I had seen before, which was good, but I also doubt it will be one that stays in my mind for a long time. There just wasn’t anything wow-ing me (which seems to be a reoccurring theme this season).

So, first things first, I thought the title of this episode might reminisce the knocking from the vault from Thin Ice … which it clearly didn’t but whatever. If a random, slightly unnerving old man came to me to ask me if I needed a place to live, I am not sure I would go with him. No less would I sign a contract without actually reading it beforehand. I really thought Bill was smarter than that, because it’s a brilliant idea to use the TARDIS to move all your stuff. Also, once more she was the one who had to point out the oh so obvious thing to the Doctor. It’s a shame when plot twists aren’t really that great of a twist and when it came to the landlord, I wasn’t really shocked about the truth of it all.

I am not sure how I felt about Bill being embarrassed (?) about the Doctor. I guess I can understand where the sentiment comes from since they all know him from uni and being friends with one of the professors is probably weird, but still … he’s the Doctor. You won’t be able to separate him from your regular life forever. However, I do love Bill learning about Timelords and regenerations. I really hope Bill is around for his regeneration. When companions have to go through that, it’s always so extraordinary to see how they react.

The vault is really one of the few things that manages to get my attention every time, although I can’t help but think that Nardole has been fairly unnecessary in the episodes so far. The Doctor put a piano in there and … I don’t know, but I am just going to be so disappointed if it isn’t John Simm’s Master in the vault. I already highly suspected it last week after all, but OF COURSE they didn’t reveal the identity of the person in there yet. There will probably be a two-episode arc at the very end of the season or something instead.

Final thought, I don’t know how I feel about the new Sonic Screwdriver yet. It looks like a plastic toy.

What are your thoughts? Are you liking the season?

15 thoughts on “Doctor Who: Knock, Knock

  1. Only 9 days to go!! That’s insane. Oooh, I’m so excited for you (and slightly envious). How’s the final prep coming along?

    I can’t say I watch Dr. Who, I’ve never been a fan of the gimmicks but I think Peter Capaldi does a good job at embodying everything the Doctor stands for.

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    • Preparations are fine. I have one last thing to take care of and then I will do a preliminary packing of the suitcase and hope that it won’t be too heavy. I am planning on packing lightly.
      As for Capaldi … I actually have to disagree. He is colder somehow and more detached from humanity than I like my Doctor to be, but they gave reasons for that throughout the seasons.

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  2. Yeah, it was a decent episode. I’ll admit, the bug thing threw me for a bit of a loop, wasn’t expecting that. I actually didn’t see the thing about the Landlord coming until it came, but it felt pretty heartbreaking to me.
    And yeah, I think it might be the Master or Missy in the vault, but we’ll have to wait and see.


  3. I’m liking this season but was disappointed with this episode. I disliked Bill’s attitude towards the doctor in the early parts of the episode as she was dismissive and embarrassed, only changing her mind when she needed to be saved! Ditto Nardole is becoming far more a background character than I ever expected…!! I’m hoping the next few episodes have more of him in.

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    • I really didn’t appreciate Bill’s behaviour either. I mean there was no reason to act so ashamed of being seen with him. Most of her mates thought he was cool anyway.
      And Nardole needs a bigger role or he seriously doesn’t deserve that credit in the opening sequence …


  4. Interesting review! Thought Doctor Who would be an impossible-to-hate always-good type of show because of how much raving I hear for it. I actually only saw ONE episode (season 1 episode 1) and just couldn’t understand how people managed to stick around and continue the show. I know that David Tennant was phenomenal though, but I don’t know if that would be a good enough reason to make me endure… another pilot episode. Glad to hear there were still a couple things that caught your eye in this episode though. 😉

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    • I actually did the sacrilegious thing and started the show with season 5, so Matt Smith’s first appearance. After that I just fell in love and had to watch all the previous seasons too. I think I could appreciate them more because I was already so into the show, but the production value of the first episodes was just ridiculous. Season 8 was terrible though, 9 got better again and this one is just sort of me. I am slowly loosing my passion for the show and it’s making me a little sad. But it’s not impossible to hate DW. Quite a few of my friends have given up on it 😦 and I am not beyond criticizing it either.

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