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Last Updated: Tuesday June 13 2006 15:19 GMT

Lizo reviews the next Doctor Who

The Abzorbaloff
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 10th episode from the second series: Love and Monsters.


Love & Monsters is the most bizarre episode since the series returned last year. There's not much of the Doctor and Rose in it, and the story instead focuses on a new character called Elton.

He's trying to find out more about the mysterious Doctor, and joins a group called L.I.N.D.A. where all the members meet regularly to swap the latest information about him.

The series is really carried by the Doctor and Rose, so when I heard that they didn't appear much, I was seriously worried.

Superb

I had no need to though. Love & Monsters is a superb episode, and one of the best of the series.

Writer Russell T. Davies manages to make us quickly fall in love with the group of Doctor-obsessed characters on whom the episode centres.

And there are plenty of laughs even before funnyman Peter Kay turns up as the sinister Victor Kennedy.

The people who'll get most out of this story are those who've watched it regularly last year - there are flashbacks to the events of some previous stories.

And, of course, quick mentions of both Torchwood and Bad Wolf.

Musical

There are even a few songs. No, really.

With the members of L.I.N.D.A. belting out a few numbers by 70s band The Electric Light Orchestra.

It might sound like a bit of a mess, but thanks to Russell T. Davies's sparkling script it ends up as a hugely enjoyable show about Dr Who, rather than a straight Dr Who adventure.

It's not perfect - the link between Elton and The Doctor ends up slightly disappointing, and it would have been great to find out more about how the other members of L.I.N.D.A came to find out about the Doctor.

Absolutely great

And I was hoping that they would show some kind of link between them, and Dr Who-obsessive Clive - the man in the shed in episode one from last year.

But the good stuff is absolutely great, and despite head writer Russell T. Davies's denials, there are more very broad hints about the Doctor and Rose eventually having to pay the price for having so much fun.

Four and a half out of five.




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