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What Did You Think of Doctor Who: The Haunting of Villa Diodati?

Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley is a beautiful book,” she said, “which, credited as the first work of modern science fiction, explores the nature of mankind, but also our relationship with religion. More than 200 years after it was first written, it remains incredibly relevant and readable – it’s not bogged down by stuffy language like you might think it is; instead, it tackles complex philosophical questions in an accessible and thought-provoking manner. I think, after various horror retellings in different mediums, we can sometimes forget the actual horror at its heart: not of a pieced-together being, nor man playing God, but of identity.”

“Hmm, yeah,” he replied, “but you know, Frankenstein isn’t the name of the monster; it’s the name of the man.”

“Oh, do shut up, Chris.”

Anyway, that was The Haunting of Villa Diodati, the latest episode of Doctor Who Series 12. Written by Maxine Alderton and directed by Emma Sullivan, the story found the TARDIS team in 1816 with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Bryon – during a night of terror! But what did you think of it? Vote in our poll:

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Finished? Wonderful – thanks. Expand on your thoughts in the comments section below! Would you welcome Alderton back? Are you suitably excited for the Series 12 conclusion? And are you tempted to read Frankenstein again or for the first time? Frankenstein, you know, is actually the name of the monster’s creator, not the monster itself…

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

What Did You Think of Doctor Who: The Haunting of Villa Diodati?

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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