Critic Consensus: Part one of two, "Under the Lake" scares up a good, old-fashioned ghost story, which may remind viewers of the original series -- for better or worse.
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Critic reviews for Under the Lake
This rollicking, hair-raising romp demonstrated that the sci-fi franchise still has the power to thrill and chill in equal measure.
The fact that it rarely feels clichéd or repetitive is a testament to clever writing, and even better acting. In particular Capaldi, who seems to get even more riveting with each passing episode, elevating the material in ways that continue to astonish.
[Screenwriter Toby Whithouse] has that special knack for taking tried and true sci-fi plots and adding that special something to make them sing.
At any rate, it was a fun hour, an engaging mystery, a cast with presence and chemistry, and a cliffhanger for the ages. Loved it. More, please.
It's filled with a sense of foreboding-not just because of the scary ghosts, mysterious spaceship, and claustrophobic base at the bottom of a lake in Scotland, but because of the way the Doctor is acting.
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