I had a little bet with myself that what our son would remember most clearly about this episode was the strange little alien beast, the Pting. After all, he’s got a great fondness for strange little alien beasts. He really liked the Adipose from “Partners in Crime”, which, among Who monsters, the Pting probably most resembles. But he tells us that he kind of remembered most of this story – it’s the one on the all-white hospital ship – he’d completely forgotten the Pting. Even weirder, now that he’s met the little fellow again, he says he didn’t like him too much. I like watching Doctor Who with my kid because he surprises me so often.
Anyway, I like this one, Pting and all. It kind of reminds me of a similar modern “base under siege” story, “The Impossible Planet” from series two, in which the Doctor was similarly separated from the TARDIS and has no choice but to battle the weird enemy of the day. Lots of good character moments, both among the guest stars and between Yaz and Ryan talking about his father issues. It’s a show that sensibly gives us time to breathe and learn this world before things fall apart. It may not be a favorite, apart from Graham explaining that he’s seen every episode of Call the Midwife, except for the “squeamish parts,” but it does what it wants to pretty well.