Synopsis The TARDIS takes the Doctor, Ben, Polly and Jamie to a flooded underground town on an alien world. The streets are empty. The houses are bare. Not a trace of life.
The miners working here are vanishing. And it isn’t long before the time-travellers are suspected of being responsible for the disappearances. But even the authorities haven’t fully realised the scale of the problem.
There’s something else on this world. Something dragging people away. And it won’t stop until it’s taken them all.
Written By: Simon Guerrier Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
It's Foon van Hoff from Voyage of the Damned! Which was the Christmas special ten years ago. Wow.
As for the story, the TARDIS crew being accused of the causing the problems is a well used trope. Interesting to see what sub-plots come up though, as Simon will have had a while to incorporate all four TARDIS crew members into it (unlike The Yes Men, when he didn't know about the Ben recast when writing it).
Quite a lot going on in Part 4 - so much so that I wonder if it might be worth it to extend this story into a six or five part story - but I really, really enjoyed this one as I have all the rest of the Second Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jamie stories. They're easily one of my favorite TARDIS teams. Simon Guerrier can't write a bad story - I have yet to hear one story from him that I haven't loved.
Post by Max Kashevsky on Oct 14, 2017 17:10:56 GMT
Another strong Guerrier story. For my tastes, this one's more on the level of The Yes Men than (my personal favorite) The Black Hole. I'd have preferred the start of Episode 4 (no spoilers) to be a bigger chunk of the story, as it's the most experimental segment.
Overall, The Outliers is delightful. Maybe it leans a little too close to traditional for me, but on the other hand, that means it fits right at home in Season 4.
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