Doctor Who: Series 5, Episode 2 – The Beast Below

I didn’t manage to catch this live, which means I’ve already let myself down a little bit, however, it was worth waiting for. A few thoughts on the latest episode of Doctor Who.

It very much reminded me of Gridlock – the episode where there were all those car type things stuck on a motorway type thing. The idea of the human race stuck inside, trying to find a way of living without upsetting the beast below. There were thoughts on the last episode that this series of Doctor Who would be influenced by Douglas Adams. I’m not sure about that as I haven’t read or seen anything Hitchhiker related.

The Beast Below was so very Terry Pratchett though, wasn’t it? A civilisation flying around on the back of an animal? Hmm. It was also a bit Matrix-like – do you choose the blue pill or the red pill? Accept it or forget? Referencing great sci-fi stuff is good, but it all seems a bit obvious to me. Good stories though, I’m certainly not complaining.

Anyway, the relationship between the Doctor and Amy developed plenty this time round. He’s never been quite so demanding of an assistant before, instantly sending her off on a mission the moment they’d landed. Pushing her to be able to see what’s going on the same way he does. He seems more eager to train her up than we’ve seen in previous incarnations. Before it was as if he just wanted company, now maybe he knows he needs help?

Poor Amy having to run around in a nightdress for the episode. Like when DT had to run around in pyjamas. How gross was it when they fell into the tongue?

Finally, I liked two quotes in particular.

“Don’t know, I think a lot, it’s hard to keep track.”

“This isn’t going to be big on dignity.”

Bring on next week!

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3 thoughts on “Doctor Who: Series 5, Episode 2 – The Beast Below

  1. I never considered the aspects you mentioned concerning Pratchett and the Matrix but you make a point. I was too distracted by the idea of Big Brother with the TV screens and the forced choices but you make a good point.

    I’m loving how quotable this doctor is too. There was a very sly dig at the current state of affairs with the system of UK democracy too concerning the idea of the people forgetting everything every 5 years, cheeky Mr Moffat! It was a good episode though, I’m intruiged by next week’s episode definitely. It’s being written by one of the League of Gentlemen, who’s previous Dr Who experience includes being the Idiot’s Lantern (that really good World War 2 ep with the TV sceens and the woman) and the Unquiet Dead from the Ecclestone Doctor (as well as being Lazarus in the Lazarus Experiment episode but he didn’t write it) so he has good experience. Hopefully he’ll make a good Dalek episode too!

  2. Interesting that you haven’t read any of Douglas Adams… Based on previous things you’ve mentioned I think you’d quite like him. Perhaps even especially Dirk Gently as it’s the most doctor who-ey stuff.

    For the Douglas Adams reference this week it was certainly the nighty. In Hichhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the main character (Arthur) ends up on a space ship after an alien who’s been visiting earth a lot decides he wants a companion… Because Arthur had only just woken up when it happens he spends the rest of the book in his pajamas.

  3. I thought the ending was very unsatisfactory. What Amy deduced, and acted upon, turned out to be correct in that the starwhale would happily power them across the universe, without being tortured. But it would still need FEEDING!!!

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