Arachnids in the UK

My one paragraph, instant reaction to this week’s DOCTOR WHO. 

What about the spiders in the safe room? That annoyingly was the question left bouncing around my mind at the end of this otherwise nail-biting episode. Is being shot dead by a Donald Trump stand-in actually a worse fate for mutated spiders than being lured into a metal room where they’ll be starved to death? Really? That’s the moral line this episode is going with. So alarmed were we by this turn of events, Mrs Jameson and I actually rewound the episode to see if there was a line of dialogue we missed which made things clearer. But no, they’re just leaving the spiders to die in isolation, which is the humane way apparently. I’m going to put my neck out and guess there was another scene, after the hotel, which was cut – where the spider scientist said what measures they were taking to look after the spiders and how they were keeping as many as possible alive to study them. Perhaps that was once in the script, but we don’t have that in the finished episode and so I’m left somewhat irritated. An annoyance accentuated by the fact that this was an excellent example of how you make horror TV for all the family. Gripping, tense and with just enough on-screen scares to make one’s imagination go wild. I just wish they’d tidied up that loose thread. Though, I suppose, the fact that I’ve spent most of this review banging on about it, just shows how invested in this episode – and this new series – I really am.

 

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