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October 28th, 2018 98 comments

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Poll – What Did You Think of Arachnids in the UK?

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

“Something’s happening with the spiders in this city.”

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.



  • Pats86

    November 1st, 2018 - 10:15pm

    Fully agree with TA, and saying fans are hiding the fact that they never were going to give this series and its changes a chance is laughable.
    I could say more but I don’t want booboo to stop me/us commenting, restraint is needed and respect.

  • Pats86

    November 1st, 2018 - 10:09pm

    If you can’t see any agendas being pushed you must be watching a different programme?

  • Anonymous

    November 1st, 2018 - 9:06pm

    Well pats86 your a minority and theres over 6 million people who obviously thought it was good or they wouldnt keep watching it. No one is forcing you to watch and if you dont like it, at least theres 55 years of backlog

  • Doctor Stu

    November 1st, 2018 - 8:42pm

    There seems to be things that people are finding issue with in series 11 that have never been questioned or been an issue when other people were playing the Doctor

  • T.A

    November 1st, 2018 - 6:38pm

    I actually never said I had a problem with doctor being female, I have said previously that I don’t mind if the doctor is male or female as long as it is done right and it is the right actress to play the role, so far with Jodie I don’t think she was the right choice, personally I would of liked Hayley atwell to play the Doctor. Also personally I trust the opinion of Doctor who fans, which if you didnt know some are on YouTube, because I know they are talking as fans, not saying there are not dr who reviewers who review shows, and also I don’t think the doctor who YouTube channel would easily allow their like to dislikes to be ‘easily manipulated’, when their trying to promote their female doctor. Also in my opinion peter Davidson was attacked, and that what made him leave. Also I’m not trying to say the show is pandering to every woman in the world, put in my opinion they are doing it to a certain group. I know that women have definitely not had it as good as men had it back then, and definitely now it certain countries, but their are ways to tell stories that are subtle and not in the audience face, and be fair to most groups of people, if you can’t see an agenda well good for you, put I can and I know there are others who do.

  • Anonymous

    November 1st, 2018 - 5:20pm

    Thanks Doctor Stu for writing this as I couldn’t be bothered. But it’s exactly what I thought too. No one has ever questioned clean up before and there’s been some epic cleaning up to do left in the wake of previous Doctors.

  • Anonymous

    November 1st, 2018 - 5:09pm

    I believe I’ll stick to more substantial facts like tv ratings and the opinions of reviewers who review TV shows for a living over easily manipulated things like trailer likes/dislikes and the opinions of youtubers. As for Peter Davison, his opinion that boys were losing a role model came off as tone deaf and he was called out for it. Roughly half the population is female. That’s hardly a minority that this so called agenda is pandering to. Isn’t it just possible that the show was stagnating and they decided to take a look around to see how to inject some new life into it? Making the Doctor a woman in no way diminishes anything that has happened before and simply opens up new storytelling avenues. What happens when one changes gender? What interesting situations can a female Doctor be placed in that are interesting simply because she’s now a woman? Like it or not, women have never enjoyed the same power and privilege a man throughout history has. I’m hoping we see this version of the Doctor put into a historical situation where she struggles to command the situation because of her gender even though she used to be a man. It’s interesting. I’m also looking forward to seeing this Doctor quietly and powerfully wield her power and authority. We’ve seen flashes where’s she’s told the Rosa villain not to threaten her which I hope is foreshadowing. It’s going to be interesting to watch. I don’t see how any of this is an agenda. It’s just storytelling. And as far as I can tell, lots of people find this interesting because they’re tuning in and watching the show.

  • Doctor Stu

    October 31st, 2018 - 9:00pm

    The giant spider will be cleared up by the company who were doing the research on the spiders or by UNIT. This isn’t really an issue as the same question could be asked about the dead slitheen remains in the wreckage of ten Downing Street or the countless plastic mannequins lining the streets of London etc. we never see the clean up so why should this episode be different?

    The spiders in the vault will eventually die, they’ll run out of oxygen and die peacefully rather than just being blown up or shot. It sounds a bit harsh because they’ll run out of air but they’ll slowly start to lose conciousness rather than choking to death

    The spider trapped in the flat will also just die out and be collected by UNIT or the spider company seeing as there’s also a dead body in the house

    The spiders in the city were all lured back to the hotel. The map of the spiders ecosystem disturbance was shaped like a web with a hole in the centre where the hotel was located along with the mother spider. I took this as meaning all the spiders within this perimeter are all drawn by the mother spiders pheromones when she calls to them, when she’s in danger or when they sense the vibrations. I assume they can pick up on things like this due to their extreme size and senses and so I took that scene with the grime music as meaning all the affected spiders in the city were led to the panic room.

    The corpses – same thing – it’s just clean up that we never see. Happens all the time, example from the top of my head, everyone who gets murdered at Pete’s mansion and all the dead navy personal on board the submarine in Cold War. We never saw what happened to the bodies but we accept that they’re removed at some point

    The webs – same thing. It’s irrelevant

    The hotel is most likely going to be shut down, as are the ones around the world as the story would be released or the company would be threatened with exposure. Again this isn’t something we need to know as its sort of obvious that all the hotels will inevitably be shut down

    The waste company would most likely be shut down or reprimanded – again it’s nothing we need to know