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Look, Here Comes the Flood

But don’t just let us know what you thought of this moment, also let us know what you thought of the episode Before the Flood occurred, and after it too. We want your opinions on the entire episode, the entire story and Beethoven’s music while you are at it. Let us know in the comments section below.

And hands up those of you who prefer the version of opening theme music used in this episode…....


My hand is up.

I had my hopes raised that this episode’s creature (shown in the season trailer) would turn out to be a Terileptil, but no such luck.

I enjoyed the episode, but I’m generally unimpressed by stories where a moral debate revolves around whether it’s OK to change established history.

It’s been done often enough with no apparent problem - the Tenth Doctor turning back the clock on the Toclafane, the Eleventh Doctor rebooting the universe (at the end of his first AND second seasons), the Third Doctor preventing a Dalek-ruled future, and arguably the Tenth Doctor preventing Harriet Jones’ “Golden Age” by deposing her early in her tenure. Not to mention the War/Tenth/Eleventh Doctors saving Gallifrey.

So being told that there’s no way history can be changed without catastrophic consequences - as in this episode and in “The Girl Who Waited” - rings false to me. As was pointed out in “Before the Flood”, the Doctor will always find a way if it means saving himself or his companion, but not if it only affects the guest cast. That the script admits this (by having a character accusingly point it out) does not actually solve the problem.

Also, I spent most of the episode convinced that that Prentis was being played by Derek Jacobi in makeup, but that is my problem.

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