Critic Consensus: Elevated by Bradley Walsh's comedically empathetic performance, "It Takes You Away" overcomes most of its tonal incongruities to offer a compelling meditation on grief and guilt.
Critic reviews for It Takes You Away
"It Takes You Away" is the best story of season 11. It's about a genuinely intriguing science fiction concept with some fascinating worldbuilding, but it's trapped by the failings of this season as a whole.
The episode takes us to another foreign land, where the story is at times weak, but the script is always punchy and progressive, with the show's writers providing unexpected twists, moths, and frogs throughout.
On many levels, "It Takes You Away" is an episode that viewers can get lost in. It has an adventure, heartbreak, and wonder, and in the end, it makes us feel sorry for a universe that cannot coexist with our own.
A lot of unique, surreal elements that I haven't really seen since some of the more out-there Fourth Doctor stuff. Top marks for me, might be the story of the series...
This episode has been heralded as 'trying new ideas' but, to me, the incompetence in the writing of dialogue and character and the inaccessibility of these surreal and sometimes embarrassingly convoluted plot threads made the episode almost unbearable.
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