Doctor Who (2005– )

The Haunting of Villa Diodati (16 Feb. 2020)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Adventure, Drama, Family

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Villa Diodati, 1816 - on a night that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The plan was to spend the evening in the presence of literary greats - but the ghosts are all too real. And the Doctor is forced into an earth-shattering decision.


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18 February 2020 | jamesrupert2014
| Fine, moody first act - let's hope the quality is maintained
The Doctor and her irritating tag-alongs materialise in Villa Diodati in 1816, on the evening famous for inspiring Mary Shelly to write Frankenstein. Needless to say, something is amiss - strange events begin to occur and people slowly realise that they are trapped in an ostensibly haunted house. The episode is nicely filmed and does very well in establishing a sense of claustrophobic dread. Also needless to say, the supernatural trappings are eventually established to be alien-tech in origin (although the 'why and how' details are a bit vague), as a representative of a long-established Whovian enemy appears, linking the episode to the portentous utterances of Ep. 12.5 ('Fugitive of the Judoon'). The episode eschews the simple-minded preachiness that has muddled earlier stores and the cast playing the Regency era celebrities (the Shellys, Lord Byron, Polidori, Claimont) are very good (maybe too good - as other's have opined, the guest cast outshines the stars). 'The Haunting of Villa Diodati' ends abruptly and really can't be judged as a standalone story, but as the opening to a 2 or 3 part story arc, it is quite good. We can only hope...

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16 February 2020


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