Recap: Doctor Who – Arachnids in the U.K.

BBCA Synopsis: The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire and Yaz’s family only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.
I may have been one of the few people who was not terrified of the supposed big bad of the episode, the arachnids. Nor was I not surprised that the showrunner decided to take a left after last week’s stellar episode, Rosa.
That does not mean it was not a great episode. IT did cover a couple of interesting hot topics that are constantly in the news today:
  • The current U.S. President
  • All creatures great and small and the environment
The episode did not start nor did it end on a note about either of these two things.
No. The episode began with the Doctor getting her friends back to their time. Actually, they arrived an hour after they left.
You can tell from the get-go that coming home may have been a great goal, but this may not be something that the companions want  anymore. However, once their is a mystery for the Doctor to want to throw herself into, the group rallies.
After breaking in to an apartment for a scientist that is looking for a colleague, they see that person and her apartment cocooned by spiderwebs. The spider who did, is the size of a large coconut crab. They are not pretty.
Yet, this spider and all the others that we are not aliens or evil. They are poor victims of Jack Robertson’s greed. This coward, who loved to hide behind bodyguards and being famous, built his hotel on a coal mine that is also a landfill for toxic waste. As a result of this, the spiders that were used in an experiment just grew bigger and bigger. Eventually, the Doctor and er friends corral the spiders at Robertson’s hotel and when they learn that the queen of these spiders is dying, Robertson does the unthinkable and shoots her. this moment enraged the Doctor and me. The Doctor is right, all living organisms deserve to be treated with dignity.
The funny thing is that the character of Robertson is how Europeans, maybe even the rest of the world, see us. How they perceive us is terrifying. We’re not all power hungry and only looking out for ourselves. Ultimately, the tragedy of this episode is that this man gets to walk away and not get punished for any of his actions.
He is possibly the worst villain that Doctor Who has ever had to deal with.

In regards to the rest of the episode, it really was a family oriented episode.

  1. We get to see the dynamic of Yaz and her family, after she invites the Doctor to tea and Ryan tags along. She loves them to death, but they drive her batty.
  2. Graham is missing Grace something fierce.
  3. Ryan has become very attached to Yaz, but maybe not as much as Yaz has become attached to the Doctor. Even her Mom questioned if they were seeing one another.

By the end of the episode, it was plain as day. Graham, Ryan, and Yaz no longer belong to this world. They belong to the Doctor and she belongs to them. So, they created a new little family or as she calls them, Team Tardis.

This was a great episode and I cannot wait to see what comes next for Team Tardis.

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