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December 2nd, 2018 34 comments

Poll – What Did You Think of It Takes You Away?

Now that the ninth episode of series 11 has aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected.

On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help.

What has happened here?

What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?

Constructive one off comments about the episode only


  • Derek Angell

    December 3rd, 2018 - 2:54pm

    That was as mad as a box (or universe) of frogs but it worked for me. The conflict between holding on to the comforting but unreal and moving on was done well, not to heavy handed.Could have done with a bit more of that creep Ribbons-his voice oozed treachery .Wittaker looked fabulous and menacing when running out of patience with Ribbons,I really thought she was going to take him out! Loving this series,it just underlines the sheer dexterity of the Who universe.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    December 3rd, 2018 - 1:27pm

    Thought the episode was OK and that the anti zone and the Solitrac conscious universe wasn’t conceptually a bad idea ;in some ways with the frog representation at the end I thought it a bit reminiscent of the end scenes in Clarke/Kubrick’s 2001.

    More potentially now intrigued about the ‘The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos’ finale though if only mainly because, and I’ve listened to the voice at the end of the short trailer after episode 9 umpteen times, I cant make up my mind if it’s Tzim-Sha of the Stenza which wouldn’t be surprising or if that’s Julian Bleach’s Davros.

  • Anonymous

    December 3rd, 2018 - 7:44am

    I felt this would be my least favourite episode this Series, But it was actually my Favourite episode this season!

    It wasn’t a Frog , it was an anti-Zone being that liked frogs.

    Ahh, Frogs

    Also people who think it’s Low budget Monsters. Just look at some recent High Budget Monsters.

    Those Monsters=Less Money.
    Less Money = Low Budget monsters

  • Exterminator

    December 3rd, 2018 - 2:38am

    I actually turned it off half way through and went and walked the dog. I was that bored. When I came back I watched the rest and it got the talking frog and I wished I hadn’t bothered. Terrible episode.

    Please have Peter Capaldi wake up next week and it’s all been a terrible dream or some evil plot of Missy’s to show him what it’s like to be a woman. I’m sorry but the BBC’s big PC gamble has backfired, this just isn’t working.


    December 3rd, 2018 - 12:55am

    Found it quite boring really and by the time we got to the frog I didn’t care. The solitract realisation was just plucked out of thin air really. As a story that goes with ‘we need to investigate and find out what’s going on,’ I feel last week was much more gripping, with better guest actors and monsters. I can’t see any decent alien threat from this series, the Stenza and the Morax were ok, but they’re not going to go down in Who history anytime soon. This episode for me just didn’t have any punch – was there any point in Ribbons or the flesh moths? Why did the Doctor choose to leave Ryan with Hanne when he was clearly awful with her? Jodie had some better moments this week but she’s still not for me. I find the companions quite dull too really they don’t really do much.
    I caught the end of Victory of the Daleks on TV the other week and felt that Amy got more development in the last 10 minutes than Yaz has in an entire season.

  • Anonymous

    December 3rd, 2018 - 12:10am

    So I honestly believed the other universe thing was being set up to reveal OMEGA but umm it was a err… frog….
    Wasted potential there for a big reveal imo

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    December 2nd, 2018 - 10:50pm

    I can’t give this a score yet. I’m still processing. I just saw the Doctor have a conversation with a sentient, talking universe frog that has the voice of a character that died several episodes ago.

    Only in Doctor Who…

  • Anonymous

    December 2nd, 2018 - 10:22pm

    I liked the story though I’m disappointed it didn’t lead to a cliff-hanger as a 2-part series finale, which I did feel it was building towards. I think this years finale will be the most low-key of all the series finales which is a bit sad, but excited anyway.

  • The Living Shadow

    December 2nd, 2018 - 10:08pm

    THE FROG… I know I’m going to be the minority here, but I thought that the conscious universe taking the form of frog was gloriously quirky! I’m a massive fan of quirky sci-fi ideas, so it really hit the spot for me.

  • Anonymous

    December 2nd, 2018 - 9:19pm

    Great stuff, the kids loved it. Frog was daft, but no less of a leap than an alien lead character with two hearts, a time machine bigger on the inside and with the ability to change physical form! Great series so far.

  • Anonymous

    December 2nd, 2018 - 9:02pm

    Grace was the saving grace of this episode. I just love her and Graham. Grahace beats Thasmin anyway.

    Wish she was a full time companion instead of The other two

  • doctor whom

    December 2nd, 2018 - 8:59pm

    this season it bad and this episode was awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tim M

    December 2nd, 2018 - 8:16pm

    I don’t hold out much hope for the series finale. This entire series has been the weakest in it’s entire run. There have been 2 or 3 very good/decent episodes, but the majority have been slow, plodding, boring, lacking any real alien threat, no memorable monsters, and apart from Graham, a lacklustre companion set up. Plus Jodie Whitaker is alright, but deserves much better quality scripts. She has grown on me, but she would come bottom in my favourite Doctor list. She is yet to appear in a fantastic memorable story. And by now she should have. I sincerely hope Chibnall isn’t still running, or should that be ruining the next series.

  • TARDIS_H63

    December 2nd, 2018 - 8:11pm

    I loved it!!!! The scenes in the other world confused me because it was flipped and looked all wrong. So i guess it was meant to look weird and have a bad effect… So yh good.

  • T.A

    December 2nd, 2018 - 8:00pm

    It wasn’t okay there were aspects I liked and aspects I didn’t, my opinion on Jodie and the compaions are the same, I liked the return of grace I would have been cool to see others who died in this season come back, the frog was just werid but I don’t really care much about that, that story was a bit hard to follow sometimes as I felt words where just being thrown around the room, I probably just need to watch it more carefully next time, I felt the acting wasn’t great this episode overall and the pacing was off imo.

    Not the best in the series and not the worst.

  • Anonymous

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:51pm

    Comments are back!

  • Puddle

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:50pm

    After the last couple stories thought it was improving but this episode was awful not dw at all when are we going to get a decent alien menace I for one will be glad when this season ends

  • Harold Saxon

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:45pm

    Enjoyed it , was good gripping episode, the ending was a surprise but yes liked that one I lot ! I expect it wasn’t really filmed in Norway !

  • Blungering Hinklesburn

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:43pm

    Do the people complaining about the frog have any sense of humour at all? Or any imagination?

    It was clearly explained – it wasn’t a frog, it was merely taking the form of a frog.

    Reminded me somewhat of Stephen King’s “It”, where the title villain (an ancient entity who’s true form can’t be comprehended by the human mind) sometimes takes on the appearance of a clown for the giggles, and to bait victims. It’s main enemy is a giant sentient turtle. Sounds ridiculous, but that book was massively successful.

    My point being, everyone should stop being so boring – the ridiculous in sci-fi can actually be a real winner. I’d have thought Doctor Who fans, more than any other fandom, would appreciate that by now.

  • ColinB

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:39pm

    I thought it was a clunker of a story. The worst one so far.

    The locations and the music was very good as well as the acting.

    But the whole concept was like a rehash of ideas from the Three Doctors and The Arc of Infinity

    2 universes trying to co-exist was very similar to the Matter and Anti-matter universes trying to co-exist in the Three Doctors and The Arc of Infinity

    i.e. Omega the time lord (from Anti-matter) wanting to return home to Gallifrey (matter)

    But then every doctor who season must have one story that is terrible.

  • the ergon

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:35pm

    The frog reminded me of Robin, Kermits nephew. i was almost expecting to hear a rendition of ‘Halfway up the stairs’. The flesh moths were a creepy idea but the aliens decked out in modern clothing could just be anything from any of the star Trek series’. Not grotesque, unusual or scary enough.

  • whovian

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:34pm

    What a load of absolute TRIPE! God I miss Doctor Who. I feel sorry for Jodie and the rest of the main cast as they are under a terrible head-writer. I’m shocked at how downhill the show has gotten. There has been the Stenza, Krasko, giant spiders, the P’ting amongst other villains, some ok, some why-did-they-bother and the penultimate episode, the villain of the episode is….(drum-roll please)……. a frog.

    Iin am dreading next week’s episode. But all those saying its become a soap-opera, yeah, I know what you mean. Jodie, Bradley, Tosin & Mandip, please stay for another series or 2 but Chris Chibnall, please, go away. Your actually worse than Steven Moffatt. That’s yet another 50 minutes of my life that I won’t get back.

  • R1ch1e

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:32pm

    That was so mental! In a good way. I thought the frog thing was a bit mad but only in Doctor Who could the consciousness of the universe be a Frog. I mean, what else would it be?
    It was just so fun, in my opinion. Really enjoyed it
    A Frog!! So brilliant

  • Tim M

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:29pm

    I’m not sure what I’ve just watched. And I’m not sure whether I liked it or not…then the talking frog that sounded like Grace made me realise Doctor Who has well and truly ‘jumped the shark’. And it’s one of several instances in this series that it has ‘jumped the shark’. Doctor Who is finished. If I was aged four now, and watched Doctor Who for the first time, it wouldn’t make me a fan. This is not the same show that caught my imagination when I was four back in 1982.

  • Telosian Legend

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:28pm

    I have no words. I’m not saying it’s bad I just can’t describe this episode. ?/10

  • Dan23

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:28pm

    Weird but I understood it by the end.

  • Doctordredd67

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:26pm

    I was really enjoying this up until the frog appeared. That was the only criticism I have of this episode, otherwise it was really good.

  • Anonymous

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:25pm

    It just didn’t have any umpf… they need a proper monster.

  • Dalekparadigm2

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:24pm

    Amazing story for Graham, so glad we had another part of his ark – best character in my opinion.

  • doctorsmith12

    December 2nd, 2018 - 7:23pm

    I dont know. I guess it was alright