Doctor Who #1022: The Zygon Isolation

"Sometimes you can save the world by staying in, being bored."
TECHNICAL SPECS: Released on YouTube 10 May 2020.

IN THIS ONE... Osgood has a Zoom chat with Osgood.

REVIEW: The short video produced for the Zygon Invasion/Inversion global watch party is a little borderline as to my criteria for what counts as a canonical episode, because it ends with the Osgoods going to the website and watching a Doctor Who trailer. There's also the question of having Doctor Who Magazine and Big Finish icons on her/their computer screen. But if anyone is allowed this kind of fourth-wall break, surely it's super-fan Osgood. We might screw our eyes up and choose to believe the video ends with the webclick, and they're going to watch something else entirely, and leave those tell-tale icons as Easter Eggs. So I'm going to accept it.

A call between the two Osgoods, bored and missing each other during the quarantine, is a cute idea and mostly well delivered. I do find the sound on the human Osgood's side of things sometimes hard to decipher because she's sitting farther from her computer. At the mention of doctors being busy, the thirteenth Doctor chimes in via texts (no appearance), which reveals the Osgoods know she's regenerated into a woman, but does beg the question as to whether UNIT is still active or not. Episodes like Spyfall seem to say it's not, but there's Osgood, in 2020, with a top secret UNIT icon on her desktop and the Zygon version clearly still working at the Tower of London HQ. Has it gone underground? Is the British branch still working but disconnected from the rest of the world? What's up there? Another blow against canonicity. Damn. Otherwise, there's a pleasant parallel between the Doctor's current situation (in the story, not in the chronology, she's not texting from a Judoon prison), where she's trapped in a time eddy, and bored. It's been four days. Bless. The message is well taken though. Staying at home does save lives. It can't always be running down corridors and fighting aliens.

The story is thin, but there's some fun to be had just looking at what Osgood has on her desktop. In addition to the ones already mentioned, we have Zygon Sightings, The Black Archive, The Doctor, LINDA (because of course Osgood would be a member of the fan group from Love and Monsters!), Cosplay (the little fez), and Prescriptions. The credits for the video use the chat function amusingly too.

REWATCHABILITY: Medium-Low - Fun but slim, and there are problems with canonicity.

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