Doctor Who In The Forest Of The Night Preview: An Invasion Story With A Twist
One morning in London, and every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to the most surprising invasion yet: the trees have moved back in. Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown and taken back the Earth.
It's an interesting premise that serves this week's Doctor Who well and there are some great twists and turns as the episode progresses. Without giving too much away, it is not the invasion story you think it might be though the trees are certainly more than just trees. Seeing London landmarks and icons dotted through the trees creates some wonderful imagery.
It is lighter in tone but it does have some great moments - the stand off with some of London Zoo's inhabitants racks up the tension - and there is a genuine moment when you have no idea how the 'threat' is going to be resolved. Capaldi and Coleman continue their great performances and Danny gets to do more to do than be a voice on the phone.
Most of all, it is an episode for the kids. I chose to watch the preview with my children as a treat and it was a better experience for it. My son called it the best episode yet. After all the scares and grimness of recent weeks In The Forest Of The Night is a welcome dash of fun and adventure before we head into Moffat's final two-parter (noticeably the preview didn't have a next time so I'm as clueless to you as to what is coming).
Its not the strongest episode of the series. Some of the kids border on annoying (though thankfully not Angie and Artie annoying!) and some moments feel a little off but it still maintains the high standard of storytelling this year has brought. Unless something goes horribly wrong in the final two weeks, series eight might be the most consistent series since the show returned in 2005!