Doctor Who “Hide” Review: It’s not a ghost story
In the latest episode of Doctor Who, “Hide,” Stephen Moffat has done it again. He’s given us a story, written by Neil Cross, about a haunted house where nothing is as it appears to be. He works us up to an admirable amount of terror and then tells us that it’s all been a huge misunderstanding. And he’s made it work extremely well.
In “Hide,” The Doctor and Clara have landed in the 1970’s to investigate a haunted house. But as things go with The Doctor, we know immediately that this is not your typical haunting. However, resident ghostbuster Professor Alec Palmer (Dougray Scott) and empath Emma Grayling (Jessica Raine) have managed to get into contact with something other-worldly that needs their help.
After a few chills and bumps of things in the night, The Doctor discovers that the ghost is actually a time traveler who is stuck in a sort of time bubble. She’s running from something horrible that seems to be chasing her. So obviously, The Doctor goes into the bubble (with the help of Emma, who is mentally linked to the time traveler) and he saves her. The horrible beastie attacks The Doctor, but Clara, who seems to have come to terms with the TARDIS (who may or may not like her) arrives just in time to save the day.
There’s just one more twist, though. The beastie is not a monster at all. The beastie is missing its mate because it, too, has been trapped in the bubble. The Doctor goes back in and all’s well that ends well. Emma and the Professor begin holding hands (on orders of The Doctor) and the beastie is reunited with its mate.
It’s all a day’s work for Moffat and the Doctor Who team of writers, right?
I loved the twists this Doctor Who episode threw at us. At first, it seems as if the ghost is actually something truly horrifying and alien, but it just turns out to be a girl from the future. The twist at the end with the beasties pining for each other was also a nice touch and seeing Matt Smith’s face light up when the two are reunited is well worth the price of admission.
I am still utterly in love with Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara. She is both normal and enigmatic, a plain girl who has a secret that even she is unaware of. She is a delight to watch and Smith could not have better chemistry with anyone else. They still have amazing scenes of dialogue where the two bounce words off of each other like tennis balls.
I was also impressed with this week’s Doctor Who co-stars, as well. Seeing Jessica Raine pop up in the episode was fun, as we Whovians know that she’ll be portraying Verity Lambert in An Adventure in Space and Time, the BBC docudrama about the making of the first episode of Doctor Who. Dougray Scott as the professor was also good casting, as he brings a sort of sadness to the role that mirrors that of The Doctor’s. He is a man that is too afraid to love, but fortunately, at the end, he finds it in Raine’s character.
Next week, we’ll finally be seeing the episode I’ve most been excited about. “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” is just that and it will be our first real look at the Old Girl ever!