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The Haunting of Villa Diodati
Critic Consensus: A proper ghost story that strikes the perfect balance between horror and history, "The Haunting of Villa Diodati" is Doctor Who at its best.
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Critic reviews for The Haunting of Villa Diodati
It's hard to feel particularly enthusiastic about this: the Cybermen are dull, Mary Shelley is a non-entity, and much of the drama is contrived. A disappointing episode.
The Haunting of Villa Diodati is a great story, steeped in so much creepy atmosphere and with a fun and freaky looking central antagonist at its centre.
It's a creepy gothic horror, it's one of the best Cybermen stories we've seen in a long while, and it not only has a good handle on the Doctor and her companions but moves their relationship forward.
'The Haunting of Villa Diodati', was definitely one of the highlights, bringing a heady mix of history, scares, knowing chuckles, a link to a wider arc, and for the second time this season, a starring role for a member of the Byron family.
The resolution is tidy, as well as open-ended. It's just a shame the lead-up is such a muddle.
While I'm concerned for the Tardis fam, they presented an interesting historical plot using a narrative style that works, and have given the Doctor a moral conundrum that will carry her into the home stretch of her second season.
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