Doctor Who S10E10 “The Eaters Of Light” Spoiler-Free Preview
Are you ready for a bit of Roman revisionism, as Doctor Who offers its own explanation for a real-life historical mystery? “The Eaters Of Light” is a bit special, as it’s the first story of the new series written by somebody who wrote for the classic series; Rona Munro scripted the last ever classic Who story “Survival” and tonally, there are certain similarities (though no really rubbish motorbike crash, thank God). So what can we tease you about it, in sometimes cryptic fashion?
SPOILER WARNING: This preview assumes you’ve seen trailers for this episode.
- We’d give this one
- We reckon this could be a Marmite episode – we actually really liked it, but there’s one bit of fairy tale silliness that may be a little too much for some fans to handle.
- It’s very atmospheric, with a suitably mythical feel.
- It’s a little talky in places but some great one-liners for the Doctor, Bill and Nardole, plus some moody visuals keep it moving.
- There’s a uniformly young guest cast – for a specific reason.
- Bill gives a very pragmatic – and effective, and short – motivational speech.
- The Doctor is full of creative insults – rarely has been his close to a PG version of Malcolm Tucker.
- A lollipop and a TV aerial. Possibly.
- The monsters are great, though we’d like to have learnt a little more about their MO.
- The teaser is very similar teaser to last week’s.
- Bill does something early in the episode that she also did early in last week’s episode.
- The Doctor doesn’t want to take sides, like last week’s episode.
- There’s a lot of wandering around caves… like last week’s episode (maybe these two should have been shown further apart in the season?).
- The Doctor’s only second class at something.
- The destination is Bill’s choice.
- “Women in hats”
- Bill learns about – and, of course, takes the mick out of – yet another of the show’s longstanding gimmicks.
- That same gimmick then becomes the catalyst for a rather poignant moment.
- “Oh my god, it even does lip-synch”.
- The Roman soldiers are more modern than Bill in one surprisingly aspect.
- Yep, the series’ arc plot kicks into gear in the last few minutes, with a rather moving moment… but the Doctor still has his suspicions.