What Did You Think of Doctor Who: The Eaters of Light?

Tonight’s Doctor Who found us in Aberdeenshire, with the ninth legion of the Roman Army, talking crows, and plenty o’Picts.

This was a chance for the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to show off, determined to prove Bill’s (Pearl Mackie) theory about the Romans’ disappearance wrong. That’s when they find an interdimensional temporal rift, a shady monster, and… well, death by Scotland. But don’t worry! The Doctor’s lived in Roman Britain – he knows the score. He’s governed, farmed, juggled, been a vestal virgin – second class. (It’s a long story.)

And what a story it was! This was Rona Munro’s second episode, after Survival, making her the first Classic writer to have also written for the 2005- present revival. But what did you think, dear reader? How about scoring it between 1 and 5? No, too boring? Okay, so how about scoring it between 1 and 5, but with snazzier options instead? You’re in, aren’t you?

Voted? Great, cheers. But we want more, more, more. In the comments below, let us know your expanded thoughts, and we’ll collate them in a future edition of Sonic Feedback.

Was it better or worse than Survival? Was it overshadowed by the imminent finale? And would you like Munro to return for Series 11…?

  • The Red Womble

    Close to perfection. 9/10

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    Knee-jerk reaction is that it was good. Really good in fact. Just not a classic like Survival.

  • Mack59

    Solid Doctor Who story but unfortunately I imagine it’ll be the last 5 minutes and the “Next Time” trailer that will be the main talking point.

  • Moo enough, bovine.

    THE EATERS OF LIGHT :

    Rona Munro has still got it! That was a stunning bit of television right there, possibly my favourite episode of the season so far.
    The monsters are a great concept, how can you not love interdimensional lizards of doom fighting with Picts and Romans? Fantastic stuff there.
    Bill and Nardole are also amazing, she taking command of a roman legion, him with his little moments of lighthearted asides.
    And those final scenes! Peter Capaldi and Michelle Gomez are simply phenomenal together, it’s a shame knowing they’re both on limited time.

    Score: 10/10
    Next week looks incredible. “Give us a kiss!”

  • Moo enough, bovine.

    MY (CURRENT) TOP FIVE CAPALDI STORIES:

    5. Thin Ice
    4. The Eaters of Light
    3. Face the Raven / Heaven Sent / Hell Bent
    2. The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar
    1. Listen

  • Ranger

    Yes, Rona understands Doctor Who. That was damn near pretty perfect, in fact I am going with 10/10. How wonderful were Capaldi and Pearl? I’m even liking this version of Missy. And I liked Nardole tonight. Must be in a good mood!

    So anyone else seen the rumour that Bill is going to die? I so hope not, it’s getting boring, and I love her.

    • The Red Womble

      Someone that the Doctor has promised to keep safe dies in next week’s episode apparently.

    • Moo enough, bovine.

      I want a Martha-like exit, in that she goes on her own terms but still friendly with the Doctor with the possibility that she will show up again later.

      • Moo enough, bovine.

        Assuming she exits at all, that is. If she can stick around for series eleven, providing some continuity, that would be even better.

        • ThePurpleFrockCoat

          Pearl Mackie has a radio interview next week. She may stay or go. Both Peter and Jenna announced their exits on radio…

  • daft

    The trailer and plot outline didn’t exactly inspire, but it did what it said on the canister. I found the alliance (and rallying) of Picts and Romans more than a little twee though.

    • Planet of the Deaf

      The Doctor tells them off for being naughty children, and magically they all agree to work together and even sacrifice themselves together…

  • Mars bar

    Last week was Pertwee era, this one more 7 and Ace. SO why didn’t it grab me at all?
    DWC, tried to post a comment earlier and it’s not appeared… any idea why?

  • ThePurpleFrockCoat

    It was alright. I felt it was a bit rushed but it was solid enough. Like the idea of the 9th Roman Legion with Kar keeping those locusts from escaping.

    • Mars bar

      They’d have found it easier with the Nac MacFeegle.

      • Ranger

        That’s what I kept thinking! What was needed was a Tiffany….

  • Rick714

    Average ep, really didn’t wow me but ok. And I’ve stopped voting in the polls, mostly because usually there’s the top great hyperbole-“best adventure in the universe” slot, which is tough to ever pin on a story, then three meaningless jokes and then “cawful”. Never really a precise indicator. “Where were Hale and Pace?” Means nothing to me, much like the McClaren line, so I rate it “decent”.

    • reverend61

      You can blame me for that, Rick. Phil sometimes asks me if any have any pill suggestions, given that I get preview access and can supply contextual, episode-relevant options that he can prep in advance. Unfortunately this is usually on a Friday afternoon when my sanity chip is in need of a service, so he rarely gets anything sensible. We just stick ’em in, make one or two obviously quality-related and hope you won’t notice the shortfall.

      (And may I suggest you rewatch ‘Survival?)

      • Cyberwomble

        That’s the priblem with three consecutive vowels on the top rwo of the keyboard 😉

        • Mars bar

          I’d assumed his pill suggestions were responsible for DWC’s alternative who facts and dear davros…

          • Cyberwomble

            It’s an interesting theory

        • reverend61

          Yeah, I just spotted that. I’ve changed it. But ‘pill sugggestions’ is arguably better. Opens up a world of possibilities.

      • Rick714

        Oh, I’ve seen Survival a couple times over the years (Earlier this year I RE-experienced the entirety of Doctor Who again, only this time in *order* for the first time via DVD, audio and scripts). Survival was also a decent story. Not McCoy’s best but definitely better than his first year at least.

        • Ranger

          Hale and Pace are a comedy duo popular in the late 80s and are the two chaps in the shop in Survival

          • Rick714

            Ah. Yeah, there are a lot of Brit stars that are very well known over there that are totally lost on us. There seemed to be a lot of questionable guest stars that popped up on JNT’s watch—folks that I never heard of but smacked of being a certain celebrity shoe horned in to a story. Bizarre, out of place comedy bits.

          • Ranger

            Ken Dodd was the strangest!

          • Mars bar

            Maybe, but he had some stiff competition. Leee John, Beryl Reid, Richard Briars… oddly enough though, i liked Alexi Sayle in Revelation.

            NuWho stunt casting has an equally varied success rate. Frank Skinner v Bill Bailey, Peter Kay or James Corden v Bill Nighy or David Suchet.

            I’m always torn between fear of guests overshadowing or ruining the show, and pride that it attracts Big Names. Sometimes comedians become serious actors – like Sanjeev Baskar. I hope he’ll grace WHO again.

          • Ranger

            I agree wholeheartedly. Beryl Reid and Peter Kay – shudder!

          • Mars bar

            We felt the same way about Eric Roberts 😉 (sorry, that was a cheap shot, but irresistable)

          • Rick714

            It’s weird—I used to hate Robert’s portrayal back in the day when he was only compared against Delgado and Ainley. “How could the Master be so bizarre and different?” But after SIMM and Gonez each taking a whack at crazy-loon Masters….when recently watching the movie again, Roberts was suddenly a lot better than I remembered. Roberts wasunderstated and restrained compared to SIMM!

          • Philip

            I take your point, Rick, but I just find rating 1-5 is too boring. That’s essentially what this is though. I dunno, we might tweak it in future.

  • Planet of the Deaf

    Very average for me, a few good lines but unmemorable (I’m discounting the unconnected Missy stuff at the end when judging the actual story)

    I’ve watched it twice (for reviewing purposes), but like many stories in S10, I can’t see myself rewatching it much in the future.