The Doctor, Clara and her two charges travel to the biggest theme park in the cosmos, only to discover that it is not only closed, but contains Cybermen…
· We jumped pretty much straight into this, although the reveal of the title sequence cliffhanger was more than a bit clichéd.
· Matt Smith had a great time playing two roles – truly hamming it up as the Cyber Planner (not that he avoids the ham usually) in a turn that reminded me of performances of Jekyll and Hyde.
· Clara didn’t do the best job this week – getting handed military command and reacting in that manner seemed a bit off.
· Got to say that I liked the reveal of how the chess game was initially operated – look up the Mechanical Turk for the inspiration.
· Warwick Davis did a great job as Porridge and I liked the reveal of his true identity; I’m sure many people in his position would have wanted to be ordinary just for once.
· When is this set? I guess it’s one of the Great and Bountiful Human Empires.
· Superb CGI work in this episode; you could never have had shots like this in the old days.
· The military unit looked more than a bit unmilitary; while they may well have been a punishment platoon, no military would let the Captain have that fringe.
· Really, really effective Cybermen – they came up with a counter strategy for nearly everything that the humans threw at them.
· The final shot of the episode was again something that we’ve seen before many times before.
An enjoyable episode, but nothing stellar. Next week’s finale could be very interesting indeed.