IN REVIEW: DOCTOR WHO (S14 – EP3) The Giggle

The giggle of a mysterious puppet is driving the human race insane.

Synopsis: The giggle of a mysterious puppet is driving the human race insane. When the Doctor discovers the return of the terrifying Toymaker, he faces a fight he can never win.


The Story

Having landed in London toward the end of last week’s episode The Doctor has a brief reunion with Donna’s Grandfather before he is hot on the case. As he runs through the streets everyone is going mad because everyone has to be on the right side of the argument. It’s a new scheme from an old enemy of the Doctor who is known as The Toymaker. Back in 1925, The Toymaker sold a ventriloquist dummy to the assistant of a certain John Logi Beard, the inventor of the television. Within the Dummy. The Toymaker planted a small giggle, which happens to be in the C Major arpeggio that is familiar to everyone whether they have studied music or not. This giggle has driven everyone mad because everyone has to be right. So it’s like cancel culture times 100.

Having briefly hooked up with Unit and reunited with his old companion Melanie Bush. The Doctor and Donna make their way back through time to 1925 for what will be an epic battle with the Toymaker. So epic that it will create the groundwork for Doctor Who’s first-ever Bigeneration. Yes, that’s right. David Tennant’s 14th Doctor gets the chance to live the ordinary life he has fought for many centuries to protect. While the newest incarnation and the 15th Doctor played by Ncuti Gatwa continues to fight the good fight.


The Acting

David Tennant and Catherine Tate are superb in this episode as they go through the grinder one more time before getting the happy ending no one expected for the 14th Doctor and Donna Noble. They are immensely by a wonderful supporting cast and a stellar performance from Neil Patrick Harris who is brilliant in his role of The Toymaker, who is a villain that the Doctor first encountered back in the 1960s when the First Doctor was still doing his rounds. Harris completely owns this role and puts on a wonderfully fun tongue-in-cheek German Accent that Dick Van Dyke would be proud of. We got another return from Bonnie Langford as Melanie Bush who gets her reunion with The Doctor and winds up becoming an extended member of the Noble family. We also get a return from Jemma Redgrave who is just fantastic in the role of Kate Lethbridge-Stewart. Last but by no means least. We get a first glance at Ncuti Gatwa as the 15th Doctor and if what I saw is anything to go by. I think he is likely going to be a really good fit for the role. He held his own with Tennant and pretty much took control of his take on the Timelord from minute one. 



The Giggle is a definite return to form for Doctor Who and by far the best of these three 60th anniversary specials. Of course, I have no doubt that the episode is going to have its detractors complaining that it was too woke and all of that. But hopefully, the true fans, and not these dumb YouTubers who are looking to create clickbait will enjoy this one.

DOCTOR WHO (S14 – EP3) The Giggle
  • Story
  • Acting
  • CGI & Stunts
  • Incidental Music

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