Doctor Who – The Zygon Invasion. “Hi, this is Clara Oswald. I’m probably on the tube or in outer space. Leave a message.”

Don’t you hate just getting the answering machine all the time? Well, there is a lot of that here! You can’t say there is a lack of continuity in Doctor Who, revisiting one of the greatest changes in the history of the show was a bold move. Two years on from the treaty which saw humans and Zygons live among each other in peace. When a rogue faction of Zygons goes against the treaty, we see a breakdown and the world is suddenly at war. The Doctor is messaged by Osgood (wait a minute; she died at the hands of Missy! Oh, this is the Zygon copy isn’t it? Or is it?) with a message of distress, telling him they are experiencing the NIGHTMARE SCENARIO. The Doctor desperately tries to reach Clara and solve what has happened. Kate Stewart is also back (and more helpful than last time, sorry but she was very forgettable in the awesome opener of this series) and she goes to New Mexico to discover where it all started.

The Doctor goes in search of Osgood, taking his role as president of the world again with great joy (if just for the plane) and finds himself with a team of UNIT soldiers as they infiltrate a Zygon holding area. Meanwhile, people are being dragged underground and it looks like Zygons are being bred in pods! But wait; is this how they are made? Also, it is indeed intriguing when The Doctor can’t even tell if the Osgood he has with him is indeed human or alien, and the mention of hybrids comes around again. Are we going to see some great hybrid at the end of this series? Feels like this is the series arc, but where is it leading to? There is just so much going on, but at no point do we ever feel it is too much too handle. The battle for earth is hotting up, and there may be some debris after that final shot!

Ingrid Oliver is a delight as always, should she be the next companion? I reckon Osgood is a great choice if she makes it (and isn’t actually a Zygon, but could be fun). Seeing a different side to Clara is pulled off well by Jenna Coleman in yet another superb week of Doctor Who and Peter Capaldi yet again steals the show (and his moments with The Thick Of It co-star Rebecca Front are just great), his presidential salute boarding the plane gets a giggle and calling himself “Doctor Disco” is sure to see a T-Shirt or two created in its honour. Peter Harness has made ‘The Zygon Invasion’ a great script and a pleasure to see on the screen. I have no real bad points about this episode, except that Clara seems to go into Zygon mode a bit suddenly, but that is nit-picking. Let’s see next week how the Inversion goes! Superb stuff, Mr Harness makes a huge improvement on last year’s attempt and gives Clara her greatest part in series 9 so far.

Final Rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 27/10/2015 - Programme Name: Doctor Who   - TX: 31/10/2015 - Episode: INVASION OF THE ZYGONS (By Peter Harness) (No. 7) - Picture Shows: ***EMBARGOED UNTIL 27th OCTOBER 2015*** Doctor Who (PETER CAPALDI), Osgood (INGRID OLIVER) - (C) BBC   - Photographer: Simon Ridgway

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