Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Doctor Who: Hide - Spoiler-Free Preview

Doctor Who: Series 7, Episode 9:
Hide

Written by: Neil Cross
Directed by: Jamie Payne
Produced by: Marcus Wilson

Executive Producers: Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner

Broadcast date: Saturday 20th April 2013 at 6:45pm on BBC One

Reviewed by Oliver Jenkins for The Gallifrey Times.

The Gallifrey Times have seen Series 7, Episode 9: Hide and have put our spoiler-free preview together:

The episode is set in a haunted house.
The Doctor and Clara have just saved the world from nuclear annihilation by the Ice Warrior Skaldak, and if you were in the same position you'd probably opt to sit down and have a nice cup of tea. Naturally the Doctor and Clara feel that it's about time they did a spot of ghost busting and pop off to a terrifying haunted house in the 1970s.

The episode itself has been one of intrigue for fans, for not only is it promising a pretty high scare factor, but it's also penned by the writer Neil Cross, who also gave us The Rings of Akhaten, which received a rather Marmite reception a couple of weeks ago.

The Doctor and Clara.
After watching The Rings of Akhaten and finding it slightly disappointing I approached this episode with a certain amount of apprehension, but as soon as the pre-credit sequence ended my worries were put at ease. Neil Cross has penned a brilliant script, full of witty conversation and brilliant ideas. The pacing of the story doesn't slow down in any way to detriment it, if it ever slows down it's only to prolong the spine-tingling tension that comes with this type of story. The Doctor and Clara have really great scenes with each other, and the connection between the Doctor and Clara is better than we've ever seen it before.

Hide is a scary episode.
Writing the scarier stories for Doctor Who is always an art, and the boundary between what the show can show and what the show can't show because of it's family audience is always being pushed. As a person who scares easily, Hide didn't necessarily scare me too much, but if there was a sofa around I would've hidden behind it.

As usual, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman's performances are truly spectacular. Dougray Scott and Jessica Raine are also on top form, and will really strike a chord with the audience through their roles.

Special effects are realistic.
Overall, Hide is a brilliant episode. The story's pacing constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat, the dialogue between the characters is so wonderful that you believe you're actually in the room and the surroundings and special affects are so realistic that you really feel the claustrophobia and darkness of the haunted house that the Doctor and Clara are searching. Although for me the episode wasn't as scary as Blink or The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, Hide definitely had me hiding a good percentage of the screen with various limbs. Hide has a bit of everything; fear, action, witty dialogue and even a bit of Shakespeare. If the rest of the series is on the same level as this episode, I think we're in for a whopper.

The Gallifrey Times Rating: 9/10
Pictures courtesy of BBC.