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Episode Recap of Doctor Who, Season 9 Episode 7: The Zygon Invasion
This episode of Doctor Who begins with Osgood, who we saw with the three Doctors in the 50th Anniversary special. The episode provides a brief recap of what happened with the Zygons in that episode. Then the episode moves to Osgood–the two versions. They discuss that the Zygons were allowed to live among humans, and Unit helped with it. But then we flash to seeing one of the Osgoods having been killed. They also discuss that the Doctor left the “Osgood Box,” which would be used in the event the treaty with the Zygons breaks down.
Moving to Osgood now in what looks to be the Middle East, we see her hiding from a Zygon, texting the Doctor for help. Unfortunately, she is found in her hiding place, and her mind is zapped with some sort of electrical power.
Moving to the Doctor, he is jamming on his electric guitar in the TARDIS, but receives the message from Osgood which reads, “Nightmare Scenario”…
Moving back to London, we see the TARDIS and the Doctor watching some children–a little creepily I might add. He calls Clara and tells her he is working deep cover. He calls out two girls, accusing them of being aliens. They in fact acknowledge being aliens, and seem set on taking care of this matter themselves. Suddenly, a strange alien device emits a red smoke, and a Zygon grabs the little girls and takes them away. We then see a symbol that seems to be this rebel Zygon group’s logo–a comet looking shape.
Meanwhile at Unit, Kate has found Osgood being taken into custody by Zygons. Later, Osgood gives a message from these Zygons, which says this is just the beginning essentially.
Clara, who has 127 missed calls from the Doctor, heads home, but finds a kid who can’t find his mom and dad. Clara says she will help out. She searches his home, and finds a creepy mom and dad, and the child seems to freak out. We then see Clara leave the apartment, and then give the Doctor a call.
The Doctor and Clara then meet up with Unit and Kate, and they find a school that was housing the Zygons. The younger Zygons were responsible for the uprising, Kate thinks. They locate the Zygon Command Center, which is a biological-like computer. The Doctor figures out how to operate it. The Doctor then reveals that both Osgoods were both human and Zygon. I am not sure if he meant figuratively, or literally.
We then see a video from the rebel Zygons, which has them saying they want to be “themselves” and “normalized.” They then execute the two girl Zygons we saw the Doctor talking to earlier. Kate decides the next best course of action is to bomb the facility Osgood is held at. The Doctor disagrees, saying it would unite the Zygons against humanity. But another clue comes to light, involving Truth or Consequences–the city in New Mexico.
Kate and Clara talk, and Clara asks about the abilities of her soldiers. She says they don’t have many soldiers, and the nerve gas they used to have was taken away from them by the Doctor. Clara says she has to go home for a second to grab some things, and we see the two parents from the beginning seemingly abducting their own child, dragging him in a duffle bag into the elevator. Clara and a UNIT agent accompanying her head to the elevator as well, but they can’t figure out where they went. Inside the elevator, there is some goo coming from the terminal. Clara reaches in and touches it, which causes a reaction, sending them to an underground railway.
Meanwhile the Doctor has visited Turmezistan, and stops the soldiers from bombing the Zygon base there. Speaking with the leader of the base, the Doctor is told that they think the place they were going to bomb is a training camp. She and the Doctor don’t see eye to eye on the Zygon problem. The Doctor and the leader head to the Zygon training camp in vehicles, and they are searching for Osgood. They come to a church, which the soldiers surround. The soldiers had to a church, and demand the people inside come outside. A woman walks out, and begs for mercy. This person is his mother, or at least pretending to be. This woman tries to convince the soldier that she is really his mother. The leader tells them to not be fooled, and to ask specific questions she would know. She can’t seem to remember the answers, but she has seemed to have gotten into the soldier’s head. The soldier is unable to kill, and asks what proof the woman can provide, and they all go inside the building. The leader soldier heads in a back room, and all of the soldiers are now dead. The leader says she is going to have the place bombed in 10 minutes. The Doctor searches for Osgood, and hears here yelling from somewhere in the church. He finds a trap door, and finds her chained to a chair. Then a Zygon shows up, but the bombing has begun, stopping this Zygon, but leaving the Doctor and Osgood in peril. They manage to get out though, and get aboard his plane. The Doctor sits down to talk to Osgood, asking which one she is, but she refuses to answer, saying she is both human and Zygon. The Doctor assumes she is human, as she should have reverted once the other was dead, but Osgood says the rues have now changed, using memories now. The Doctor them talks to the Zygon they had captured. He asks its name, then what it wants. It answers, “The world”.
Kate arrives in Truth Or Consquences, New Mexico to find the rebel Zygon’s logo graffiti on signs. She visits the sheriff, and finds a woman, who interrogates Kate, asking if she is “one of them”. This woman tells Kate that they had a big influx of jobless people, and that they eventually turned into “reptiles” and began killing people. Later, Kate learns that the sheriff is a Zygon. She changes back to her Zygon self, and seems to zap Kate.
Back with Clara, the UNIT lady discovered the elevator thing they have seen is happening all over London. They head back into the rail system to investigate them, and they find a tunnel with evidence of Zygons. Moving inside, they see Zygon parts covering the walls of the cavern. Clara says that these are Zygon eggs, and they should be destroyed. The Unit woman doesn’t think they should yet. As she is explaining why to wait, she realizes that Clara is a Zygon. Then dozens of Zygons show up, and kill all of the UNIT soldiers. Then we see how Clara was taken–she was switched out when she tries to help the kid find her parents.
Finally, we see Clara out on the ocean, watching the plane come in. She grabs a guide missile launcher, which she launches at the plane, while telling the Doctor that everyone is dead.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 9 Episode 7 of Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion
Josh’s Thoughts: Doctor Who, Season 9 Episode 7: The Zygon Invasion
This was a pretty interesting episode of Doctor Who I am always a big fan of “Who’s who” type episodes of TV shows. This one had me fold pretty well the first time around–I didn’t realize Clara was swapped out until it became completely apparent. Then watching it a second time, it was completely obvious, when Clara is asking Kate about the abilities of her troops, with her trying to assess UNIT’s capabilities.
I suspect that the show could be trying to pull a double switch though with Kate. We didn’t actually see Kate get zapped, so I am thinking Kate somehow go the drop on the Zygon, and she is now playing spy on the Zygons. I think that might make for the most interesting story too, so I kind hope it goes that way.
I do wonder what will happen with the missile though. We don’t see it hit the plane, I am not sure how it could really avoid being. I guess it could crash, or somehow the TARDIS provides a way to redirect the missile. We will have to see what happens there.
I am also curious about Osgood. I can’t quite decide if she is good or evil yet. I am not believing her when she says that copies aren’t needed any longer though. Clara was still being kept alive, and I think that is because the Clara Zygon needs her alive. To what end this gives Osgood though, I am not sure. Hopefully we get some answers on the next episode!
Scenes from Doctor Who, Season 9 Episode 8: The Zygon Inversion
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