For the first time in a long time, I watched a Doctor Who episode twice. I used to do this regularly on writer Stephen Moffat's episodes; in fact it usually took at least three watches for me to figure out his plots. I'm a bear of little brain.
For "Wild Blue Yonder", the second of Russell T Davies' bridging episodes leading up to the intro of the next Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa (whose Rwandan first name is pronounced something like "Shooty" - he's another sexy Scot), the plot is easy enough for me to follow, but I had to go back to check a particular moment.
If you haven't seen the episode and want to avoid spoilers, stop reading. (But I'm really pleased you're here!)
"Wild Blue Yonder" reminds me strongly of "Midnight", a Tennant episode from his third season, In WBY, there are also formless malevolent beings who are using enfleshed beings to manifest themselves and take over - in this case, the Doctor and Donna, who have crash-landed on a marooned space-ship hovering in nothingness on the edge of nowhere, due to an accident involving coffee.
As promised, the special was scary, and provided a nice illustration of the advanced acting skills of Tennant and Tate. Predictably, the Resident Fan Boy was particularly impressed with Catherine Tate's performance, while I admired Tennant's dramatic acrobatics. Years ago, he switched seamlessly between the frenetic Doctor and the repressed John Smith in "Human Nature/Family of Blood" (my very favourite DW episode). Here, he transformed himself by adopting the empty-eyed black stare of a predator. Brrrrrr.
Next episode is predicted to be one of Russell T Davies' world-gone-ape**** extravanganzas. I tend to not quite like those. We'll see.
When watching the previous Doctor Who special episode "Star Beast", I was startled to hear Donna declare that her grandfather Wilf was alive and well, because I knew Bernard Cribbins had died in the summer of 2022. In fact, I'd screen-saved this rather wonderful re-imagining of the Sergeant Pepper album cover, illustrating Cribbins' career, which went so far beyond Doctor Who: