Physician Who: The Legend of Ruby Sunday evaluation: What legend?

Physician Who: The Legend of Ruby Sunday evaluation: What legend?


The next accommodates spoilers for “The Legend of Ruby Sunday.”

In an episode filled with misdirection, the most important one must be its title, given we’ve discovered little or no about what Ruby Sunday’s legend really is. As an alternative, the primary a part of the collection’ two half finale is actually an hour to construct a way of dread that spills over in its ultimate moments. I might cheat and say “The Legend of Ruby Sunday” is simply “” — the primary half of the 2006 season’s finale — with a much bigger funds. Besides the massive dangerous that reveals itself on the finish is a villain from a far deeper minimize than the standard corners of Physician Who’s historical past.

The Physician and Ruby arrive at UNIT HQ to ask concerning the mysterious lady — Susan Twist — following them across the universe. UNIT, in the meantime, has been monitoring somebody named Susan Triad, a British tech billionaire who will announce her present to humanity later that day. Even the goofballs at UNIT work out that S.TRIAD is an anagram of TARDIS and the Physician thinks Triad, or the mysterious lady extra typically, could possibly be his granddaughter.

However there’s additionally the matter of Ruby’s parentage to uncover, giving the Physician a purpose to not simply confront Triad. The Physician, Ruby and a UNIT soldier enter the time window — a low-grade holodeck — to attempt to see who left Ruby on the steps of the church. However the historical past’s a bit wonky, and Ruby’s faceless mom — not like what we noticed in “The Church on Ruby Highway” — turns and ominously factors towards the TARDIS. Not lengthy after, the TARDIS is engulfed in a black cloud of swirling evil that no person’s positive what to do about.

The Physician then meets Triad simply earlier than she will get on stage, prompting her to recollect all of her different selves. Each time Triad desires, she’s one way or the other conscious of these myriad alternate selves. And whereas she takes to the stage, the Physician asks the staff at UNIT HQ to scan the TARDIS. It’s equally engulfed in an invisible cloud of malevolent stuff that’s threatening everybody within the space.

Susan Triad on stage during Susan Triad on stage during

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[ASIDE: This is the . And this is the second time that they’ve totally misunderstood how to stage one that looks even remotely evocative of what they’re parodying. I know the conventions of the tech keynote have mutated since the Steve Jobs era, but they’re not even trying.]

A UNIT staffer, Harriet Arbinger (Wait… ) begins muttering a few darkish prophecy whereas Triad goes off script. The Physician, standing shut by, watches as she turns right into a skeleton monster whereas the TARDIS is menaced by an enormous animal head surrounded by Egyptian iconography. Seems Susan isn’t the Physician’s granddaughter, or perhaps a key part of the story, however an harmless. An harmless who has been co-opted by Sutekh, an omnipotent Egyptian God we first noticed in 1975’s “” Cue the credit.

It’s a slender synopsis, principally as a result of these scenes are performed slowly as the strain ratchets up. “The Legend of Ruby Sunday” takes its time, letting the screw flip gently till you’re nearly pleased when the massive reveal occurs. It’s a gripping experience on a primary watch, though I think about it’ll not have an excessive amount of worth whenever you return to it a 3rd or fourth time. However, then once more, that’s usually been a difficulty with episodes penned by Russell T. Davies. It’s additionally a great way to juice bookings for subsequent week’s finale .

Was it straightforward to guess that we’d be getting Sutekh again after his one outing in “Pyramids of Mars?” The rumor mill actually pulled in that course over the past month or so, and it’s not as if we didn’t get a clue or two alongside the best way. Longtime Davies followers will recall that Vince watches the half one cliffhanger on the finish of the primary episode of Queer as Folks. And we’ve already had an entire scene from “Pyramids of Mars” lifted — the soar right into a ruined future — in “The Satan’s Chord.”

Image of Ruby, The Doctor and Mel.Image of Ruby, The Doctor and Mel.

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In case you are unfamiliar, “Pyramids of Mars” is a traditional, and one other blockbuster from the pen of the collection’ greatest twentieth century author, Robert Holmes. On the time, Holmes was the collection’ script editor and had commissioned a narrative from author Lewis Griefer. However Griefer’s materials was so poor that Holmes and producer Philip Hinchcliffe determined a alternative was wanted. So Holmes was tasked with writing an entire new episode in a tiny period of time. The completed episode was credited to pseudonym Stephen Harris, nevertheless it’s all Holmes below the hood. Sadly, due to varied guidelines round writing credit, “The Legend of Ruby Sunday” finish credit really give credit score to Lewis Griefer as Sutekh’s creator and omit Holmes, which feels fairly tough.

However that one minor injustice apart, let’s convey on the finale.

Susan Twist Nook

  • Properly, seems to be as if now we have our reply that Susan Twist was one thing of a misdirect.

  • Gabriel Woolf, who voiced Sutekh in 1975, is again to provide voice to him now.

  • When Mrs. Flood was left to take care of Cherry, she was clearly conscious of Sutekh’s return and appeared delighted by it. However she didn’t seem like a harbinger, so it’s possible she’s representing one other, totally different malevolent character from the collection’ previous.

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