Every week our biggest Doctor Who Fan Lizo will be bringing you his verdict on the week's episode of Doctor Who before it's even hit your screens!
Here's what he thought of the third episode from the second series: School Reunion
In true Dr Who style, the time line for these thoughts about each episode is all over the place. This first one is actually for the third story School Reunion. And it's even more complicated
as I'm writing it just after watching the fourth episode - The Girl in the Fireplace. More on that next week.
Anyway, three episodes in and we've had a visit to the distant future, a terrifying werewolf. This time around, we get to meet something from the Doctor's past namely an old companion - Sarah Jane. And with her she's got robot dog K-9 who also spent went on many adventures with the Doctor.
The best parts of this story are the exchanges between old companion Sarah Jane and new companion Rose - especially as they compare the monsters they've both encountered on their adventures. Billie described it to me as being like what happens 'when the ex-girlfriend turns up'.
And for once it's Rose's on-off boyfriend Micky who sets things in motion - he's called in The Doctor because he thinks there's something odd going on in a school. He and Rose go in undercover and, of course, discover all sorts of odd things going on. One kid is super intelligent, there's something strange happening in the school kitchens. And the Headmaster is much scarier than even Headmasters should be! The only minus point is the crucial plot turn which explains what's actually going on - it's a little too easy and convenient for my liking.
But there's still a lot for fans here, even if they don't remember K-9 and Sarah Jane the first time around - it's extremely entertaining seeing her view of the Doctor half a dozen regenerations later. And of the Tardis, of course. 'You've redecorated,' she observes as she walks in for the first time. Plus a brief Torchwood reference. There's the usual sharp dialogue and a deeper than usual look at what it must be like for the Doctor living for hundreds of years accomopanied by people who can only hope to live for a fraction of that time.
The series so far has seen the Doctor in all sorts of situations. But this story exposes his vulnerability more than any other so far.
Four stars out of five.