Doctor Who #865: Lost in Time Part 2

"If you can cross over, you can turn your fear into a force for good."
TECHNICAL SPECS: First aired Nov.9 2010.

IN THIS ONE... The gang each get the time metal object interfering with history in their respective time zones.

REVIEW: Consistent with Part 1,  Clyde's World War II adventure is typical adventure fare, Sarah Jane's temporal puzzle is intriguing all the way through, and Rani's meeting of Lady Jane Grey is human and touching. What strikes this viewer most, however, is how dark and adult each storyline is. Even after surviving an assassination attempt, Lady Jane is meant to executed within the year, a fate Rani leaves her to without whinging. The mix of politics and religion in this strand alone give it a heft even Doctor Who itself rarely musters. Sarah Jane and her new friend Emily must navigate clues from the future to undo events leading to two young children burning to death. And though Nazis can be used as generic villains, somehow laughable despite the genocidal behavior, Clyde gives them a brave talking to that highlights the historical reality. It's amazing Lost in Time also features our heroes working for a sentient parrot.

The other notable aspect of Lost in Time is how each story mirrors the other, which tickles my more intellectual side. Each of our heroes is given someone from the visited era to interact with, and in the epilogue, they each in turn look that person up. Emily became a great woman and George a great soldier, both inspired by their meetings with Sarah Jane and Clyde respectively. It's most subtle for Lady Jane and Rani, but the former thinking the latter an angel may have given her the strength to endure her hardships with the grace credited her. Obviously, each set of characters must contend with an artifact able to change history, but each thread also features the heroes spying on the villains/threat, and in each case, a traitor of a sort is in their midst.

I love each of our characters in this. Sarah Jane is a solid, but sensitive leader, and though she fails in her third of the mission, Emily provides her with some timey-wimey Moffat-like assistance. I admire Clyde's defiance, showing the same stiff upper lip all Brits are prized to have in the face of the German invader. He's beaten monsters and aliens; Nazis are second rate at best. But it's Rani that comes out looking the best. She's really growing up, and that period gown does her every favor. Quite the fetching young lady, a real heart breaker. Watch out, Clyde! And in attitude too, Rani has never felt so mature.

REWATCHABILITY: Medium-High
- Some lovely character moments for all three stars, and a remarkably adult script. The show is growing up with the kids!

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