Critic Consensus: "The Eater of Light" emphasizes the Doctor's most relatable characteristics with an episode whose timely political subtext is nestled neatly within compelling drama.
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"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.
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