Doctor Who The Caretaker Preview: Angry Eyebrows Does The Lodger
This weekend Gareth Roberts delivers his latest contribution to Doctor Who in The Caretaker and naturally comparisons will be made to Matt Smith's series five episode The Lodger. Which is fair. Between these two episodes and Closing Time he has set a precedent for putting the very alien Doctor into a mundane human situation and letting the hilarity ensue.
The Lodger and Closing Time were really judged on how much you like James Corden's squeaky performance but this episode has a far more personal journey for the audience and Clara as this time he's in her world - Coal Hill School - and her secret relationship with Danny Pink and the children under her care are at jeopardy.
For those wondering when Peter Capaldi was going to have the chance to let loose with his dry comic timing, The Caretaker is it. His last comedic episode, The Robot Of Sherwood, may have seemed a little forced at times but here he is a force of nature and as much as I loved Mark Gatiss's episode, The Caretaker delivers the biggest laughs of the series so far.
It's not a perfect episode - we'll touch upon that more in Saturday's full review - but it is another strong entry and certainly delivers on its promise.