It Takes You Away
Cast: Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, Eleanor Wallwork, Christian Rubeck, Lisa Stokke, and Kevin Eldon
Writer: Ed Hime
Producers: Chris Chibnall, Matt Strevens, and Nikki Wilson
Composer: Segun Akinola
Director: Jamie Childs
Doctor Who was created by Sydney Newman, and follows the adventures of the time-traveling alien known as the Doctor, along with their companions, as they explore and help the universe.
In modern-day Norway, the Doctor and her friends stumble upon a boarded-up cottage, with a young girl named Hanne holed up inside. As they attempt to calm her down, she reveals that her father has been missing for four days, and that there’s a dangerous creature lurking in the woods, waiting to hunt for them. However, as the team explores the house, they discover that the mystery goes far deeper than they initially thought. Where exactly has Hanne’s father gone? And what’s causing all of this to begin with?
Without a shadow of the doubt, I can easily say that this is one of Doctor Who’‘s most memorable, yet controversial episodes ever. Everyone seems to have a different opinion on it, and to be honest, it’s quite exciting to see. My opinion, however, is that I absolutely loved this episode, from beginning to end, and all the absolutely weird and bonkers stuff in between. To start off, Jodie Whittaker continues to be a powerhouse of a lead in the Doctor, and showcases some more amazing moments in this episode. Without spoiling, one short speech she delivers absolutely gave me flashbacks to The Rings of Akhaten from Series 7, and definitely stands out as one of her defining moments from this series.
The companions were phenomenal as well in this episode, with Graham getting the spotlight once again, for reasons I won’t spoil here. I absolutely adore Ryan and Yaz, but Graham is quickly becoming one of my favorite companions in the entire show, and Bradley Walsh kills it every week. Ryan has some great moments as he connects with Hanne, and basically plays a protector role in watching over her. I love the subtle hints in this episode about what kind of father he could become, especially since his own was never around.
The side characters, while not particularly as stand-out as others from this series, are very good, and play their respective roles incredibly well. Hanne’s father, Erik, was somewhat unlikable up until the very end, but since it’s the point of his character, it’s alright with me. What I absolutely loved from this episode was how unapologetically insane and weird it was, and how the truth of what was going on slowly and methodically pealed back. While some might be thrown off by what it all led to, I thought it was absolutely brilliant, and the absurdity of it honestly enhanced the overall experience for me. The show’s always been about the weird and ethereal, as well as the suspension of disbelief, and I’m really glad that this episode shined a light on those aspects.
Overall, It Takes You Away is definitely a stand-out of Series 11, and for good reason. It radiates with a perfect mixed aura of Classic and New Doctor Who, and I love every second of it. As Jodie Whittaker’s first series comes to a close next Sunday, I’m happy to say that it’s been one of the most fun rides this show has ever given me, and I hope that Chibnall can stick the landing for the finale!