Now and again, Doctor Who does like to tackle a haunted house story. This story does also include a dig or two at the housing crisis (but, I don’t fancy being political…for now!). This week, we get a story where the house itself is actually the killer…kind of! Bill is moving in with some friends from Uni (well her friend Shireen played by the lovely Mandeep Dhillon and four of her friends) and they need to find a place that will work best for them. After numerous places fail to work out for them, they are approached by a man in the street who offers them somewhere to stay (why would you just say yes to some creepy guy who walks up to you and offers you a home?).
The Doctor helps Bill move in, but he begins to suspect there is something more sinister happening. The house is definitely old, the creeks come very often and The Landlord just appears any time he fancies. The fascinations over the amount of wood and how dated everything is in the house is worrying for The Doctor and the students begin to feel uneasy themselves.
Throughout this episode, we get to see Bill trying to stand on her own two feet. This is not a bad thing as it allows Bill the chance to show she can make her own decisions and not depend on The Doctor for help. Though luckily The Doctor is there, and he slowly deduces what is happening in the house. Pearl Mackie gets to show her best acting to date when she interacts with one certain character in the third act.
Guest stars are only as good as the part they are given and David Suchet is bloody brilliant as The Landlord. Yes, he plays a superbly creepy Landlord who I wouldn’t want to share a bus ride with, but there is a great amount of emotion that could only come from one of Britain’s finest! The final ten minutes of this episode gives us one of the finest pieces of writing I have ever seen on the show. Even though Capaldi and Mackie are still fantastic throughout, Suchet does steal the show!
This episode is fantastic. I mean, this is the highlight of the series for me so far. I will admit there are a few minor gripes with a couple of plot holes and lack of some explanation. But, honestly, is it that much of a problem? We get so much emotion in this episode and a lot of character development on Bill again as we see she doesn’t want to be away from the life she knows (unlike Rose, Donna and Amy who never wanted to leave The Doctor’s side!).
In the end, we are stunned by that BIG twist and then there is still a few questions to be answered. Mostly it comes in the form of “what the f**k is in that vault”? We do have an idea, but it is a bit too obvious? Steven Moffat has promised we will learn the identity of who is in there very soon!
But for now, I will call ‘Knock Knock’ my favourite episode of the series so far. The comedy is still fun and the drama will pull you to the edge of your seat. The only main gripe I have is that we only get Matt Luca’s Nardole for a short while of the episode. Mike Bartlett has written a sharp and inspiring script, let us hope this will be a trend from Mike for future series!
Final Rating: 9.5/10
Written By Jonjo Cosgrove
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