BBC America Doctor Who Spoilers: The Doctor fangirls over Nikola Tesla

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Doctor Who spoilers for Sunday, January 19th indicate things are better, but not by much. After a good two-parter, last week left a lot to be desired. They somewhat redeemed themselves this week, so we’re cautiously optimistic. Here’s what you need to know.

Doctor Who spoilers: The plot

This episode found The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and company in the not-so-distant past. To be specific, the early 20th century. As they explore, they meet Nikola Tesla (Goran Višnjić), something the Doctor geeks out over. Unfortunately, there’s a problem. It seems his electrical experiments caused a death, and public opinion has turned against him. He thinks he’s being set up by Thomas Edison (Robert Glenister), but the truth is much more Doctor Who-ish.

An alien group wants the technology and is willing to do anything to get it. Including wiping everyone on earth out. We’ll get into them in a minute. The Doctor comes close to her annoying speechifying when confronting the bad guy near the end, but luckily, we’re spared anything too cheesy and obnoxious. Eventually, she predictably saves the day, as well as her companion, Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill). She’d been taken hostage by the alien queen to force The Doctor’s cooperation. They eventually get Nikola’s machine to work and use it against the invaders.

Doctor Who spoilers: The okay

We thought it was interesting to see them head into the past after a couple of episodes in other worlds/the present. Doctor Who spoilers reveal they also delved a bit into the rivalry between these two inventors. Definitely far more interesting than some of the other topics over the past season or so. However, we are anxiously awaiting The Master (Sacha Dhawan) coming back into the picture. However, there were some downsides here.

Doctor Who spoilers: The meh

The most obvious one is something that’s plagued the show since the change in leadership—copycat stories. The bad guys who steal technology and claim it as their own calls to mind an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Samaritan Snare.

The other thing was the monster herself. Much like the last episode, she reminded us of another Doctor Who episode. Specifically, Donna Noble’s (Catherine Tate) first one, The Runaway Bride. The monster looked a lot like the ones Ten defeated in that one. However, there is one good thing we can take away…

Doctor Who spoilers: On a positive note

By this, we mean the ending. The Doctor tells Yasmin about how Nikola died penniless and without much of the credit he deserved. However, she’s quick to point out that he still changed the world with his idea of wireless, something that’s big in today’s society. This character is essentially immortal, especially if the other Time Lords decide to gift some more regenerations. Throughout the long history of this series, The Doctor has lost many companions, and faced their share of sad stories. It has to be a tough life to see these people looking so full of hope and potential, only to know they ultimately don’t achieve that potential in the way they’d like. The Doctor has to keep plugging on through it all, looking for bright spots to hang on to. It’d be nice to see a bit more of that aspect in future episodes.

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