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