I enjoyed that episode way more than the parts would suggest. I think it’s easily Chibnall’s strongest script yet, and it just felt like everything finally clicked here.
Continuing to enjoy the procedural group problem-solving in every episode. All the Ian Chesterton stuff here about teatree and peppermint oil, vinegar, and so on. The blunt yet necessary environmental/anti-capitalist message. All very Barry Letts, this week. Still trying to Do Good, Responsible Things with the show, which I am going to stubbornly respect no matter how awkwardly it’s handled.
I like the choice of Noth as the Trump expy, for a few reasons. One, he just pulls it off well. Two, as a pretty high-profile US TV actor who is clearly out-of-place in Doctor Who, he lends a tangible level to the “You’re that bloke!” factor. Three, Bradley Walsh played the Jerry Orbach role in Chibnall’s Law & Order UK. So there’s… yeah.
People complaining about the slight plot, that once again fizzles out. But, I’ve gone on the record many times to declare, fuck plot. It’s a means, not an end. And I like what the story structure allkws for.
Once again the antagonist just wanders away or vanishes, like this is The X-Files. This has to be going somewhere, right? It can’t be a coincidence at this point, narratively.
Four episodes in, and still no BEMs. Unless you count Tim Shaw, but he’s basically a humanoid antagonist.
I like this version of the show. I like the points it’s making about how the show can be put together.