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A step back from the previous installment, "Praxeus" is a mystery box that doesn't add up to much, but it's still a fun enough return to basics for Doctor Who.
Admittedly, it's a little strange that we don't get any real fallout from last week's game-changing episode. But when the results are this fun it's hard to mind too much.
The show has lost its way.
Doctor Who ticks all the boxes in a standalone instalment that ranks as one of the series' finest.
Just because "Praxeus" isn't as flashy as its mid-season predecessor doesn't make it a dud. The episode zips along at a nimble pace, ping-ponging from continent to continent for a whirlwind adventure.
This episode is incredibly preachy while still being wholly enjoyable and vastly superior to "Orphan 55."
Another case of Chibnall's Who having too many characters for them all to shine, but at least, in this case, some of them do.
Overall a rather harmless mixed bag of an episode, but I'd still lean towards good overall, just not a story I'm likely to rush and revisit...
All in all, "Praxeus" is a puzzle that doesn't quite fit all of its pieces together well enough so they form a masterpiece, despite the wraparound narration attempting its best to convince us it's all connected.
Overall, "Praxeus" feels cluttered and rushed.
I just don't feel Praxeus. A mystery with no tension, little to coo at or chuckle at, not much to chew on.
Caveats aside, this episode feels comfortable in itself in a way Doctor Who hasn't for some time - that, and finally giving Yaz something to do, makes for an enjoyable story.
It's an hour that finally strikes a strong narrative balance between the Doctor and her three companions, giving each member of Team TARDIS something significant to do and allowing them to have a real impact on the story.