Doctor Who - Season 9, Episode 3 - Rotten Tomatoes

Under the Lake



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.

Episode Info

Part 1 of 2. An underwater base is attacked and the Doctor and Clara have to save the crew and defeat the daunting threat.


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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.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The fact that it rarely feels clich├ęd 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.

October 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Chills, action, adventure - this is old-school Doctor Who given a modern sheen and, most of all, it's enormous fun.

November 18, 2015 | Full Review…

"Under The Lake" was a competent episode but somewhat heavy going, and it'll be good to see things opened up in concluding part "Before The Flood". Deep breaths, all.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Writer Toby Whithouse successfully expands the mystery at the episode's core in such a way a continuation feels more like something the story earned, rather than an obligation to perfunctorily expand the scope of a tale that doesn't necessarily need it.

October 5, 2015 | Full Review…

I always welcome the creature-feature Doctor Who episodes, and "Under the Lake" does that tradition proud.

October 5, 2015 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

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