‘Doctor Who’ 11×09 Review: “It Takes You Away” to a Land of Boredom

Doctor Who’s “It Takes You Away” was boring. Correction. It was sooooooooooooo damn boring. I didn’t care for the girl and the loss of her father. I didn’t care for the monster in the woods. I even didn’t care for the alternate reality with a frog as it’s commander in chief. Just didn’t care at all because there was nothing for me to invest in.

Even having Grace and Graham meeting and talking once more, wasn’t enough to save this episode. Everyone and Graham knows that Grace would never let Ryan suffer so boom, that’s not Grace. Any sympathy or feels that I had for her cuz I thought for a second this was heaven, went bye, bye. Never to be seen again.


Talking about never being seen again, let’s talk Hannah’s dad. He bailed on his kid and placed speakers outside to terrify her and make her not leave the house while he was with wife 2.0. And I don’t know about you guys, but this is all sorts of fucked up. Daddio put his needs above his child. Yes, he was trying to bring mum back over, but he constantly made the choice to stay with wife 2.0.

Because of this, when everything went down, and when Hannah appeared to daddio and wife 2.0, I didn’t care. I didn’t care that Hannah could feel that this wasn’t her mom. I didn’t care that the dad wanted to stay. And I didn’t care that faux wife 2.0 shoved them back through the portal when she was done with them.

Frankly, the only thing I cared about in this entire episode was Ryan calling Graham “grandpa” and the Doctor talking about her 7 grans. Ryan and Graham have always been on opposite ends, Graham trying to be Ryan’s friend and Ryan being adverse to any affection from the man that her grams married. But this episode saw a break through in their relationship.

Ryan knows that Graham will come back for him. He’s not like Ryan’s dad. He won’t abandon him or leave him to deal with things on his own. Most importantly, just because Grace is gone, doesn’t mean that Ryan and Graham’s relationship has to end. I think that’s what Ryan was afraid of, being left alone if he accepted even a bit of Graham in his life. Can’t mourn the loss of something if you don’t take it into your heart, right?


Oh, now onto the Doctor’s 7 grandmothers. Has this been mentioned before? Have I missed this bit of information after the copious years and episodes that I’ve watched of Doctor Who? If so, my bad. It’s a tiny slip up. And if not, I LOVE THIS TID-BIT ABOUT THE DOCTOR! I don’t think we’ve ever gotten enough to satisfy my need to know about the Doctor’s family.

This little drop of information on the Doctors childhood, helps paint a picture of the many influences around him growing up. It also begs the question on what constitutes as a gran for Time Lords? Can a Time Lord marry multiple people? Or is there just one gran and the Doctor is talking about all of her regenerations?

I want to know, and I want to know now!

And that’s about it for this episode of Doctor Who. It was boring, definitely made me look at moths differently, but left me feeling like I watched a filler episode of nothing. Hopefully next week will be better because the Doctor Who season finale is here and ready for the us in “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.”

Hopefully, it’s more of a bang and not a bust like “It Takes You Away.”


Funny Moment from Doctor Who’s “It Takes You Away”:


Check out the trailer for next week’s episode of Doctor Who titled “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos”:

Doctor Who airs Sundays at 8/7c on BBC America.

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