This year is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and I’ve been a fan of the show ever since the reboot. Matt Smith has been entertaining as the Eleventh Doctor but I love his new companion Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman). She’s ever so plucky and doesn’t seem to have a lot of baggage as the other companions did. Oh, I know we’ll get to her baggage later but I’m just enjoying how fun and carefree she seems to be for now.
Not every single episode of Doctor Who captures my fancy. The ones that I do love have a distinct gothic horror vibe to them. Blink, The Angels Take Manhattan, Tooth and Claw, just to name a few.
This week’s episode, “Hide”, takes place in 1970’s where Professor Alec Palmer (Dougray Scott) and Emma Grayling (Jessica Raine) are on the hunt for the ghost known as the Witch of the Well in Caliburn mansion.
First off, it’s been ages since I saw Dougray Scott in anything. (Although you can currently watch him in the Netflix series, Hemlock Grove.) However, I have been loving Jessica Raine as Nurse Lee on Call the Midwife. I totally recommend that series if you haven’t seen it yet. Here, the two seem to mirror the Doctor and Clara, except the story is bit sadder and unrequited.
The episode is written as a good old-fashioned scary story but of course any Whovian knows that when the Doctor’s involved, there will always be a twist to that classic yarn.
As an empathic psychic, Emma seems to have a connection with the ghost but unable to determine why the ghost needs help. In every photograph that they’ve been able to capture, the ghost is always in the same position.
As the Doctor and Clara investigate the mansion, Clara isn’t afraid to admit that she’s scared but she goes along with him while the Doctor does his thing. Then suddenly the house grows cold and when Clara realizes that the thing holding her hand doesn’t belong to the Doctor, the two race back to the living room. Only to find a strange spinning disc and the ghost racing towards Emma. The appearance of the disc has never happened before and the Doctor discerns that the ghost is not a ghost and that Emma has the ability to open a portal to a pocket universe.
He suggests amplifying her abilities in which he’ll step through and save the girl. After saving her and briefly getting stuck on the other side himself, Clara helps to bring him back.
The mysterious girl may not be so mysterious as flatly lays out the connection between Emma, the Professor and the girl.
But that’s not the end of the adventure. He assumes the scary monster should be left trapped on the other side, but comes to understand that the monster is just lonely as his counterpart is on their present side. Aaah, love is what unites us all and that’s pretty much the lesson of the episode. It’s a cute, standalone episode which thrilled as much as it brought a smile to my face.