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Stormageddon and the Cybermen
N.B. Watch the ‘Night and the Doctor’ mini-episode ‘Up All Night’ before this episode.
If there has to be a favourite episode of mine from Series 6 of ‘Doctor Who’, it’s this one. I enjoyed this episode so much and I watched it with my best mate Stephen at his house on first transmission.
This episode is a sequel to ‘The Lodger’ from Series 5, as it features the return of James Corden as Craig Owens. I was delighted to see Craig again and to have him team up with Matt’s Doctor Doctor.
I enjoyed ‘The Lodger’ very much from Series 5 and this episode is again written by Gareth Roberts. This episode is also extra special as it features the appearance of the Cybermen in it which is superb.
Matt Smith’s Doctor returns to Craig’s life when he visits him at his new house. Craig now has a baby named Alfie…or Stormageddon as he prefers to call himself…since he and Sophie became a couple.
Craig’s girlfriend Sophie is away for the weekend and he’s looking after Alfie whilst she’s away. He didn’t expect the Doctor to turn up and to have an adventure in a department store with Cybermen.
I enjoyed the double act between Matt Smith’s Doctor and James Corden’s Craig in this episode. It was fun to see how much has happened for Craig since he met the Doctor previously in ‘The Lodger’.
Craig can’t cope with the responsibilities of being a Dad and it doesn’t help when the Doctor is solving a mystery with power shortages in the area. But Craig is determined to help the Doctor here.
Very soon, the Doctor and Craig with Alfie investigate at the new department store to find out why the electricity’s been dodgy. They learn that a Cybermen ship is buried under the department store.
The Cybermen don’t have a major part to play in this episode as it’s mostly about the Doctor and Craig. But it was great to see them in this episode and they are very menacing throughout this story.
The episode also features the return of the Cybermats in ‘Doctor Who’. The Cybermats were seen in the classic series of ‘Doctor Who’ in tales like ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ and ‘The Wheel in Space’.
The Cybermats have been ‘upgraded’ for a new audience of ‘Doctor Who’ and they look pretty frightening in this episode. It was scary when they had sharp mandibles inside their opened mouths.
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill make a brief appearance in this episode as Amy and Rory when the Doctor sees them. It turns out Amy has now become a model with her face posted onto a billboard.
Lynda Baron guest stars in this story as Val, one of the ladies at the counter in the department store. It was nice to see Lynda here, since she played Captain Wrack in ‘Enlightenment’ with Peter Davison.
Daisy Haggard returns as Sophie, Craig’s girlfriend in this episode, although she appears at the beginning and the end. There’s Holli Dempsey as Kelly and Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen voices.
I really enjoyed the scenes where Matt Smith’s Doctor is with Craig’s baby Alfie. There’s a nice scene where the Doctor looks after Alfie in his bedroom and he talks to him about life and also the future.
The last scene where Craig almost gets converted into the Cyber Controller and baby Alfie cries out for him was quite touching. It seems far-fetched in defeating the Cybermen with love, but it works.
‘Closing Time’ is one of those rare episodes of the Matt Smith era and from Series 6 that I’ve enjoyed. It was good to see James Corden as Craig in this and I especially enjoyed the Cybermen in it.
The episode ends with Alex Kingston as River Song being captured by Frances Barber as Madame Kovarian and the Silence. River Song is on her way to become the astronaut and also kill the Doctor.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 2 of ‘Series 6 – Part 2’, there’s ‘Monster File: The Cybermats’, which looks into the creation and development of these monsters.
On Disc 5 of ‘The Complete Series 6’ of ‘Doctor Who’, the ‘Monster File: The Cybermats’ can also be found on there. There’s also the ‘Night and the Doctor’ mini-episode featured on this disc called ‘Up All Night’. On Disc 6, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘Open All Hours’.
‘Closing Time’ rating – 9/10
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