Chibnall’s much-dreaded two-parter kicks off with Inferno meets The Silurians meets some dreary regional soap opera. So, was The Hungry Earth like some of the bits from the five-part Torchwood, or was it like everything else he’s written for Who and Torchwood?
Scenes in the night-time churchyard – They were quite good.
Regulars – Generally coped OK with some really weak stuff
Chibnall’s characterisation – None of the lines he put in the mouths of his characters, none of whom are well-drawn or interesting, sound believable. I couldn’t care less about any of them.
Chibnall’s dialogue – Awful speeches by the Doctor again and again. Cliched lines for everyone concerned. Who’s editing this stuff?
Meera Syal – A terrible actress in everything she’s in
Pacing and plot – Stop-start, long spells where nothing happened. Boring and incoherent – with a side dose of running around.
TARDIS scenes towards the end – Simply embarrassing
Redesigned Silurians – What’s the point? Predictably shit.
Worse than I’d anticipated. A misfire on virtually every level. Chibnall took one of the most interesting concepts in Who mythology and totally fucked it up.
• Caves and Twins? What are you dribbling on about?
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