One of the things I enjoy in Doctor Who is when they stray away from the typical science fiction nature of the show, and when they put the characters in a totally out of context place. Similar to the first season’s third episode, the Unquiet Dead, the Doctor and Rose find themselves in old, rural Scotland. However in this episode, instead of being faced with ghostly, scientific entities, they are faced with a common and well beloved enemy—the werewolf. In the beginning of the episode, there are fighter monks which led to the ridicule of a lot of people. Personally, I loved the idea of having fighter monks to try and attempt to throw the viewers off guard, when the real threat comes.

I also noticed the pattern it had with the first season, by first, going to the distant future, then going back to the not so distant past. For some it may seem that the show had gone from exciting to predictable, but I find the pattern to be a comforting one, since I feel more at ease with the show knowing that there is something a bit conventional or banal about it.

Similar to the Unquiet Dead episode, we are also faced with a very famous historical figure in this episode, Queen Victoria. It is good to see a bit of history within the show, because like that of Charles Dickens’ character in the Unquiet Dead, we see a different side of Queen Victoria that is not known through her biographies and what not. Although we are all aware that this is still a fictional television show, it’s refreshing to see a different side of very renowned historical figures.

The story seemed very plain and simple, but what I think the importance of this episode is the showing of how a series, no matter how popular and beloved it is, is still a series, and it contains the same predictability and banality that all other series have.

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