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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Doctor Who Season 12 Episode 8: The Haunting Of Villa Diodati

February 17th, 2020 by Todd Black Comments

Well…that got dark. “the Haunting of Villa Diodati” may have started out as typical Doctor Who affair, but it turned out to be much more, and now we’re all in danger.

In short, the Doctor and friends went to the home of the people who wrote Frankenstein, but the problems started appearing when it was clear one of the writers wasn’t home, and the house appeared to be haunted in more ways than one. Turns it wasn’t just haunted (sorry Graham!), but it was being invaded…by the Lone Cyberman!!!

While the Cybermen are a key part of Doctor Who lore, most agree that they are basically just different versions of the Daleks, and they are right in many ways. But with this version of the Cybermen was frightening because it was “unfinished”. We could see the human in him. He said more words than the Cybermen usually say, and his sometimes human side came forth and made it all the more chilling when it switched back to his Cyberman side.

And of course, remember Jack’s prophecy, about not giving it what it wanted under any circumstances. Turns out, it as a Cyber AI that knew ALL the results of Cyberman history, which is bad when you’re trying to prevent the Cybermen from taking over the world.

The Doctor’s speech about “not being able to win” at times and being “in the stratosphere, alone” was beautiful and heart-wrenching. Jodie Whittaker totally nailed that speech, and delivered the darker side of the Doctor’s journeys wonderfully.

Of course, the Cybermen now have what we want, and Doctor Who’s team is promising some big surprises to come in the two-part finale. What will happen? Will the Doctor be able to fix her mistake? Guess we’ll find next week.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!