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In the ninth episode of the new series of Doctor Who, It Takes You Away (written by Ed Hime, directed by Jamie Childs and guest starring Ellie Wallwork and Kevin Eldon), the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz find themselves on the edge of a Norwegian fjord in the present day, where they discover a girl named Hanne hiding alone in a boarded-up cottage, terrified of the monster apparently lurking in the surrounding woods.
As the story unfolds, the Doctor and her friends discover that the creature doesn’t exist at all, but was in fact a deception played by Hanne’s dad so she wouldn’t run away while he was spending time in a solitract universe with what be believed was his deceased wife, back from the dead.
It transpired that the universe, which could be accessed via a mirror in the cottage, was sentient and tried to keep visitors inside it by conjuring up their dead loved ones. Indeed, when the Doctor and her friends arrive, they encounter Graham’s late wife, Grace, leading to a heart-breaking scene when he had to face up to the fact she wasn’t real.
The Doctor was able to persuade the sentient universe to let everyone return to their own universe before the episode took a funny turn and the Doctor found herself talking to the universe which had chosen the form of… a frog. With Grace’s voice.
Doctor Who fans on Twitter were bemused and dumbfounded at the talking sentient frog and this very much became the talking point of the episode!
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Doctor Who fans on Twitter were bemused and dumfounded at the talking sentient frog which was very much the talking point of the episode!
The series finale The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos will air Sunday 9th December at 18:30 GMT (20:00 EDT). Release date varies by country - check local listings in the Watch section.
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