In Review: Doctor Who – The Zygon Inversion

The Doctor stands alone as he tries to prevent a war and save his friends.

Synopsis: The Doctor stands alone as he tries to prevent a war and save his friends.

(If you are in the USA and haven’t seen the episode yet. Consider this your spoiler warning.)

Review: The Doctor and Osgood as this episode begins are seemingly done for – but are saved by the 11th hour by the fact that whenever a Zygon assumes someones identity a psychic link is established between the person and the Zygon impostor and this link saves the Doctors bacon.

We would not have a part two if the Doctor was done for right.

As the story progresses the Zygon plot unravels and Zygon Clara proves to be a pretty tough cookie during her interactions with the real clara who is in a Zygon pod. Basically the Zygon’s rebels who are led by Zygon Clara want the Osgood box, which is supposedly a weapon of mass destruction or as it turns out distraction.

The episode concludes with a bit of gun fire as Kate Stewart takes out some Zygon guards for the final confrontation between UNIT, The Doctor and Zygon Clara.

The stage is pretty much set here for Peter Capaldi to downstage everyone and obliterate the scenery with a powerhouse performance that makes mincemeat of everyone. The Doctor is not beyond shaming Kate Stewart and the Zygon version of Clara into laying down their arms.

Amid the drama we see some fun comedy moments. One of which pays playful homage to the Bond movies by having the Doctor use a Parachute, which is completely adorned with the Union Jack.

We still do not know whether the Osgood seen in this story is the human version or the Zygon one. A question which is rendered kind of mute by the close of the episode when Zygon Clara switches over to become Zygon Osgood in the hopes of maintaining the peace. Interesting though that The Doctor wiped Kate Stewart’s memory about the whole incident. I have to wonder if that move will have repercussions in a future episode.

My only critic of this story is that it was a little to neat given how messy things had become. I’d have expected a bit more of a struggle.

Doctor Who - The Zygon Inversion
  • Powerhouse performance from Peter Capaldi
  • The stories resolution felt a little too neat
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Visual & Practical FX
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    8 November 2015 at 3:21 pm -

    It was too neat, but it was structurally exactly what it had to be as a direct sequel to “The Day of the Doctor.”

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