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"The Eater of Light" emphasizes the Doctor's most relatable characteristics with an episode whose timely political subtext is nestled neatly within compelling drama.
"The Eaters of the Light" was a wildly uneven episode, strong on messaging but weak on sense, it served to test its characters in revealing ways.
Throw out all your notions of sacrifice and honor, [the Doctor's] saying to the assembled teenaged warriors. Those are ideas that your infant species came up with to give meaning to meaningless bloodshed. All that matters is doing what must be done.
With a youthful, largely unknown but skilled guest cast, slick direction from Charles Palmer and evocative soundtrack from Murray Gold, Rona Munro completely draws me into her world for 45 minutes or so.
Doctor Who delivered a classic, but very familiar tale of two hostile sides coming together to face a greater threat than each other.
"The Eaters of Light" writer Roma Munro ... manages to create a wonderful one-off story that nonetheless finds itself buried under Moffat's weight.
Bill proved once again to be one of my favorite of the modern companions, with her genre-savvy ability to figure out the TARDIS translation field, which reminded me quite keenly of Rory Williams and his "it's another dimension" deadpan about the TARDIS.
Showing the Doctor's flaws is one of the best ways to make him feel like he could truly be real, and The Eaters of Light excels at that.
The division of Bill and the Doctor gives the hour time to breathe, despite keeping things relatively tense by way of the light eater that's skulking around just waiting to attack anyone foolish enough to venture outside.
Frankly, some of the sci-fi elements struck me as vaguely baffling, and yet there was so much conviction on the part of the cast that I found myself mostly going along with it.
In telling the story of the "lost" Roman Ninth Legion, this airy, lyrical instalment of Doctor Who once again chimes eerily with current events. But there's plenty to digest in The Eaters of Light even before we get to the meat of the thing.
Tonight's episode isn't merely an exercise in empty eccentricity...Munro uses her setting of Roman Britain to interrogate imperialism. She skillfully mixes the political and the personal here.
Doctor Who Season 10 continues along its way, teasing out the bigger Missy arc while providing another standalone story that is enjoyable if not hugely impactful.