Doctor Who Spoiler Free Preview For Before The Flood
After a tense 45 minutes of television, the pressure is on for Before The Flood to deliver on the premise of Under The Lake. Yet again, Doctor Who strikes gold, with another very strong episode.
It is a slightly different affair to Saturday's episode; there are still a couple of strong horror movie scares, one in particular involving Cass, but as a two-parter the story gets to breathe, delving into the mystery of what happened before the dam broke and flooded the valley in which the 22nd century base is now set.
And if it felt like only a couple of characters (Lunn, Cass) got to develop into full three-dimensional characters in the last episode, fear not as the rest of the cast get their moments to shine. Travelling with the Doctor into the past, Bennett and O'Donnell emerge as fun, engaging characters and you really feel for both as the episode progresses. You also get to see Paul Kaye in his pre-ghost visage, even though it was perhaps not quite enough screen time for such a good actor. The big bad is impressive too; if the kids have managed to stick through all the shocks and scares of the story then they will love this monster.
We have also seen Clara stepping into the Doctor role before and here she gets to do it again, confronted with the possibility that the Doctor is dead (see Under The Lake's cliffhanger) and forced to work with the survivors to navigate the ghosts lurking in the base.
Before The Flood is another strong episode, even if it perhaps isn't quite as gripping as the first part of the story. But it isn't any lest engaging. Great characters, a great mystery, a strong villain and plenty of moral dilemmas. Series nine is proving to be one of the strongest yet!