What Did You Think of Doctor Who: Knock Knock?

Who’s there? Doctor. Doctor Who.

Well, it had to happen, didn’t it?

So that was Knock Knock, Mike Bartlett’s first script for the show he’s loved since he was a kid, and the first serial to star David Suchet. And wasn’t the former Poirot just amazing? Very chilling. Never trust a Landlord, ladies and gentlemen.

But what about the episode as a whole? Did you enjoy it? On Twitter, brand manager, Edward Russell said it was “even better than the first 3 [episodes of Series 10]. It’s all subjective, but I really think it’s one of the best.” Do you agree? We want to know, which is why we’ve got this handy little poll. Fancy voting? You know you want to. The options are, as ever, rating it on a scale of 1 to 5, but we’re not boring enough to list “5/5”, “4/5” etc…

Thanks for voting! We’d like to hear more from you. Expand on your thoughts in the comments section below and we’ll feature a few in an upcoming edition of Sonic Feedback, alongside the poll results.

How did Knock Knock fare in comparison to other “haunted house” serials like Hide and Image of the Fendahl? What about against Blink? After all, Knock Knock‘s location was also the site of Wester Drumlins. Just how great is Series 10 anyway…?

Next Time: *GASP*

  • The Lazy Womble

    chNow THAT is what Doctor Who should be like. Dr Moo, this is a 10/10. One question though: If Harry’s Grandfather had a boyfriend, how did he have grandchildren?

    • The Lazy Womble

      And, yes I realise that that is a simplistic question…

      • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

        Something about him being closeted or something. Never stopped him only operating on sailors, that’s where he gets his fix.

        • The Lazy Womble

          and it would explain Sarah Jane’s wistfulness when she says “I loved Harry”.

          • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

            I checked the press realease, Harry’s the other side of the family.

          • The Lazy Womble

            Yeah I am going to ignore the press release. If they didn;t put it on the screen, it doesn;t count. We can make it what we want.

        • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

          Having double-checked, Harry Sullivan is the other granddad.

    • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

      I’m biased towards the show’s current state as a raging 12th Doctor fanboy. 🙂

      • The Lazy Womble

        I have now enjoyed four episodes in a row. Long may it continue. Well at least the next eight episodes.

        • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

          It’s great to see you enjoying it again. Next week looks pretty good, Jamie “Flatline” Mathieson writes a space adventure – Yes please.

          • The Lazy Womble

            It’s great to be enjoying it again. And yes Jamie Mathieson is virtually a guarantee of excellence. Let’s hope those aren’t famous last words.

      • bar goingwiththegrain

        I rejoice in it – his one-liners had me laughing out v loud, the scary smile you really wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of, then his beautiful face when he heard the piano and said goodnight to Nardole… is there nothing he can’t do?

  • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

    KNOCK KNOCK :

    That was pretty great. Suchet’s was a stunning performance as was Capaldi’s. It was a creepy and efficient horror piece and I liked having that, wasn’t sure about the ending and how the story ended for the landlord but that’s only a minor sticking point.
    Bartlett can come back next time.

    Score: 9/10

  • bar goingwiththegrain

    Knock Knock. Who’s there? Yes, He is, and it’s magnificent!

    • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

      Ouch. Bad punnery. Try harder.

      • bar goingwiththegrain

        I wooden dare 🙂

        • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

          Knock it off. 🙂

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            You are both barking up the wrong tree!

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Don’t reply to me! Leaf me alone!!!

        • FrancoPabloDiablo

          Have you twigged yet that I’m just making bad puns? Sadly I’m not brave enough to write anything clever as I’m just a sap!

          • bar goingwiththegrain

            It’s nice to see you branching out in anew direction. If you think this is bad, you should look over on DofG 🙂

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I’m happy enough with this site. I woodn’t dream of visiting another! Though if I can get enough support I may try and form a splinter cell to rival The DWC.

          • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

            Treetening to branch off? Yew woodn’t dare!

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I can’t think of any more tree-related puns. I’m stumped!!!

          • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

            Maybe you should sleep on it, see what you can think of after your slumber?

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I appreciate your advice but I really don’t think I can wait that long as I PINE too much for this site and comments section.

          • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

            Your appreciation has been logged.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            I appreciate that my appreciation has been logged, but I’d rather get to the root of the problem.

          • The Slightly Less Lazy Womble

            I think i have twigged what you are all doing

    • The Lazy Womble

      The episode was an homage to Mary Hopkin 🙂

      • Ranger

        lol!

  • Peter Rabytt

    Another decent episode, which I enjoyed. Good series so far. Personally I wouldn’t have moved into that house if you’d paid me, let alone if it was cheap! If these were a group of students who’d decided to house share, wouldn’t they know each other well enough to know who was gay and who wasn’t? Seemed more a plot device to remind the audience of Bill’s sexuality to me, but hey. Overall a good episode, Suchet was good, creepy setting, getting trapped, swarms of bugs, mystery tower, what’s not to like? I was a bit wary of another wood based monster as I was not a big fan of the Nu Who series 1, Forest of Cheam, or whatever they were, or the wood king thing in the Matt Smith Christmas one (sorry my memory for names is shocking). But, actually wood based creatures worked pretty well in tonight’s episode.
    By the way, with reference to the questions about Harry’s grandad below, you can be gay and have kids. These days lots of gay couples have children, and at the time of these kids grandparents, in less enlightened times, gay men often married women and had kids, but had ‘boyfriends’.
    Anyway, bit of a side issue that! Good stuff tonight. Bit worried about next week as I am not a zombie fan. Always seem like a cheap monster to me…….but here’s hoping I am pleasantly surprised.

  • bar

    Head absolutely buzzing with this one. Yeah, I know there’s only a couple of weeks before we find out who’s in the box, but doesn’t he like to mess with our heads?:
    The Doctor.
    The Doctor’s daughter/mother/sibling/onehe’ddoanythingtosave.
    Missy – playing pop goes the weasel, after making it very clear he/she knew what had just happened by playing Fur Elise… (For Eliza)

    don’t read below until you’ve viewed:

    Moff’s having a real greatest hits season isn’t he? – an Earthshock door moment thrown in with all the ghost stories quoted, and ‘There isn’t a little boy born that wouldn’t tear the world apart to save his mummy.’ When the Landlord spoke about leaving one’s charge all alone in the big wide world I thought he was an old frenemy needling the Doctor about Susan, but turned out to be a superb portrayal of responsibility too young, and the real responsibility of parenthood. Suchet was stunning – a little boy who turned to wood inside when his mummy ‘died’, and never grew up. So many delicate changes in vocal tones – unmistakeable when you rewatch. Underplayed to perfection.
    The INSTANT Harry was eaten the Doctor asked about Bill; the instant he saw he he asked her how she was. And not just his ‘little friend’ – after hearing them just once he remembered every one of the previous students’ names. This Doctor was always there under the ‘She cares so I don’t have to,’ but my God it’s come to the surface now.

    Loved spotting all the little references, particularly the crocodile on the contract table, who welcomes little fishes in, with gently smiling jaws.
    Like Shireen too, possibly because she looks just like my great friend from school – not saying how many decades we’ve been best friends!
    After listening with headphones, I will never hear prawn crackers the same way again 🙂
    Not voting yet – too suagr-rushy. Will sleep on it.

  • bar

    Moff’s having a real greatest hits season isn’t he? – an Earthshock door moment thrown in with all the ghost stories quoted, and ‘There isn’t a little boy born that wouldn’t tear the world apart to save his mummy.’ When the Landlord spoke about leaving one’s charge all alone in the big wide world I thought he was an old frenemy needling the Doctor about Susan, but turned out to be a superb portrayal of responsibility too young, and the real responsibility of parenthood. Suchet was stunning – a little boy who turned to wood himself when his mummy ‘died’, and never grew up inside. So many delicate changes in vocal tones – unmistakeable when you rewatch. Underplayed to perfection.

    Capaldi moving as ever. The INSTANT Harry was eaten the Doctor asked about Bill; the instant he saw her he asked her how she was. And not just his ‘little friend’ – after hearing them just once he remembered every one of the previous students’ names. This Doctor was always there under the ‘She cares so I don’t have to,’ but my God it’s come to the surface now. Skipped a beat at his expression on hearing the pianist making it very clear he/she knew what had just happened by playing ‘Fur Elise’ (For Eliza) – daughter/mother/sibling/Missy?

    Loved the crocodile on the contract table, who welcomes little fishes in, with gently smiling jaws.
    After listening with headphones, I will never hear prawn crackers the same way again 🙂
    Not voting yet – too suagr-rushy. Will sleep on it.

  • bar goingwiththegrain

    Struggling to post on here tonight – will try again tomorrow.

  • bar goingwiththegrain

    Busy script with lots of fun refs for egg spotters – I particularly liked the Earthshock cyberman in door/Han Solo in carbonite Pavel, it was well realised. And, of course, the echo of Moff’s first hit ‘There isn’t a little boy born that wouldn’t tear the world apart to save his mummy.’
    When the Landlord spoke about leaving one’s charge all alone in the big wide world I thought he was an old frenemy needling the Doctor about Susan, but turned out to be a superb portrayal of responsibility too young, and the real responsibility of parenthood. Suchet was stunning – a little boy who turned to wood himself when his mummy ‘died’, and never grew up inside. So many delicate changes in vocal tones. Underplayed to perfection.

    Capaldi moving as ever: the INSTANT Harry was eaten the Doctor asked about Bill; the instant he saw he he asked her how she was. And not just his ‘little friend’ – after hearing them just once he remembered every one of the previous students’ names. THIS Doctor was always there under the ‘She cares so I don’t have to,’ but my God it’s come to the surface now. The look on his face when hearing the piano and saying goodnoght to Nardole was heart-stopping.

    Were all the references to grandfather, mother, loved ones, and Time Lords just teasing us about who’s in the vault? The pianist knew of the events that had just hapened, hence Fur Elize, though switching to Pop goes the Weasel suggests someone with a thirst for gory tales. So a Fan then!
    The ‘dryads’ were cute, the students were more real than CLASS, the guest was Fantastic, the leads were totally at ease. The directing was inventive – loved the house seeming to spin as Felicity ran into the garden.
    My single complaint is I found the music irritating – back in the old habit of telling us what to feel. Contrast with Suchet’s undeplaying and the restraint shown by sfx with the binaural experiment.
    So yeah, probably got to be a 9 leaving the 10s for BIG stuff coming up.

    • Peter Rabytt

      Good review Bar and I agree with your assessment, though didn’t really have any issue with the music and the bugs made my skin crawl rather than being cute! I am probably being an ignoramus but how do we know that the pianist knew of the events that had just happened? I thought the Doctor was offering to tell her/ him when he went into the vault, adding the tempt about young people dying to enthuse the pianist?

      • bar goingwiththegrain

        I’m merely suggesting that Fur Elize was a deliberate ref to Eliza, Landlord’s mother, not merely coincidence/Moff messing with us.
        And I’m maybe weird finding the bugs cute – I love the Moonbase/Tomb cybermats too!

        • Peter Rabytt

          Oh i see, well spotted. Possibly a Moffat joke? If the pianist knows what’s happening to the Doctor outside the vault, why would the Doctor say he had a new story to tell? I suppose it would fit with the theory that its the next regeneration of the Doctor in the vault, but I can’t see that being it, gets too complicated, but then this is Moffat!

        • Peter Rabytt

          Actually I am with you on the cybermats!

          • The Lazy Womble

            what about the cybermites? Sorry to remind you of Nightmare In Silver.

          • Peter Rabytt

            So you should be. Nah the cybermites were neither cute or creepy. I suppose in a different episode they might be the latter………..

          • Dr. Moo (IN SPACE!!!!!)

            Cybermites have so much untapped potential for being creepy nightmare fuel. I hope Moff sees it too in the finale.

    • The Lazy Womble

      After watching it twice, I am still liking it a lot. I gave it a 10/10 last night and I am not sure I want to change that. I shall have to have a setting of 11 for the big stuff.

  • Ranger

    Well, I did enjoy that, but as an average episode. Though I knew David Suchet was going to be great, so no surprises there, I loved every nuance of his very understated performance; even given the horror of what he did, I felt total sympathy for him. I loved that the Doctor went into father mode, understanding, but gently correcting, both with Eliza and the Landlord, leading them both to what was right. It was a great piece of writing and acting, nailing that moment in every child’s life when they start to develop a conscience about their actions, but still having the urge to do whatever they want, and in this case the “want’ being to save his mother: devastating!

    I love that Bill is being written as a rationale thinking woman who even in the midst of terrifying events is able to think logically, yet is very warm and appealing.

    Yet there was something about this episode that left me a bit cold, I don’t know what. I will have to watch again. After all I warmed towards Thin Ice on second viewing, it may be the same with this episode. It may be for me this season is one that keeps getting better the more times I watch it and absorb the little things I missed on initial viewing – after all I missed the Harry Sullivan reference! Ugh, call myself a fan?!

    • bar goingwiththegrain

      ‘Left me a bit cold’ – maybe after all the time spent on cementing The Doctor and Bill’s individual characters and their relationship, the space given to the Guest Star and the action/ haunted house ScoobyDoo tropes squeezed that out. Personally I loved that they’re so established after only three previous stories that it’s second nature now.
      It didn’t push as many instantly emotional ethical/political buttons as Thin Ice or Smile. Housing crisis and parenthood are both quieter, slow-burn issues.
      I loved the storytelling, the humour – the Quincey Jones and other gags, the ‘Are you on your holidays?’ and especially the ‘How’re you feeling? Rotten?’ and the outline of any Moff plot: ‘Infodump then busk’ !

      As to your last comment, well, we all know who’s in the vault now, don’t we:
      * talented and interesting
      * likes take-away food
      * lives in a basement
      * loves stories
      * has intimate, detailed knowledge of the Doctor’s world
      * shouldn’t be let outside
      it’s
      A Doctor Who Fan!

      • Peter Rabytt

        In the ultimate meta story, I think it’s Moff himself in there, he gets out and meets up with former show runner RTD, only for them both to be defeated by Chibbers, in the series climax.

    • The Lazy Womble

      You warmed to Thin Ice? Must have been the thaw.

      • Ranger

        I realised after posting that I had left the door open for a pun! Knew I could rely on you Womble. 🙂

      • FrancoPabloDiablo

        What has the late John Thaw got to do with it?

        • bar goingwiththegrain

          I resisted that one yesterday; just shows resistance IS useless.

        • The Slightly Less Lazy Womble

          There was a reason he couldn’t play Inspector Frost

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            Is it because he isn’t David Jason perhaps? Who starred in Open All Hours and currently stars in Still Open All Hours which also stars Lynda Baron who also happened to sing in The Gunfighters and later starred in Enlightenment and Closing Time. I smell a conspiracy theory going on!!!

          • The Slightly Less Lazy Womble

            I think you may be onto something my friend 😉

    • The Lazy Womble

      There was a Harry Sullivan reference?

      • bar goingwiththegrain

        The housemate Harry is grandson of Harry S, though the full scene that revealed that was cut.

        • The Lazy Womble

          so there wasn’t a Harry Sullivan reference

          • bar goingwiththegrain

            People are arguing about whether it’s canon or not – so young Harry’s Schroedinger’s grandson.

  • Rick714

    Average at best. Cliched. Avoidable danger—an insect race that responds and is manipulated by sound, whether it’s a record, tuning fork, music box, etc.? Sonic screwdriver. And I don’t want to hear the wood defense because the sonic wouldn’t be interacting with them physically, just emitting any signal that would do the job. I din’t think they *were* wood anyway, just manipulated it. That took me out of this as quickly as it being so glaring that all the other roommates get eaten and not Bill. Also surprised that all the past victim s didn’t pop out of the woodwork once she let this batch of kids go.

  • Planet of the Deaf

    I thought that was very enjoyable, indeed probably my favourite of the series so far

    A decent guest character and alien, and good to split 12 and Bill up a bit as well