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 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.

October 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Screenwriter Toby Whithouse] has that special knack for taking tried and true sci-fi plots and adding that special something to make them sing.

January 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

May 18, 2018 | 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…

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