This week was Part 2 of the story began last week with Under the Lake, written by Toby Whithouse. The Doctor and Clara arrive in the future on an underwater base at the bottom of a lake. Here a community once existed before it was lost in a flood many years before. The crew of the base have unearthed what appears to be a space ship and worse, it guardian ghost of homicidal tendencies. When the ghosts kills someone, that person becomes a ghost as well and joins in on all the murdering.
The Doctor and Clara get separated as the Doctor goes back in time to before the flood (hey, that's the title of today's episode) to find out what the heck is going on.
The journey to the past has apparently not gone well because back in the future, Clara sees the Doctor return.
As a ghost.
So how do things wrap up with this latest episode? We'll find out after the spoiler caution.
Water you going to do now? I suggest you start reading...
Question: Who wrote Beethoven's 5th symphony?
What the what? Is the Doctor really talking to us? What about the underwater ghosts?
Then to go even more meta on us, the Doctor picks up his guitar, revs up a few chords of Beethoven's 5th and then...
Plays along with the Doctor Who theme song over the opening credits.
OK. That's weird.
So it's 1980 and the Doctor appears in the flooded town before the flood (you know, like in the title). The town is an abandoned military town that was used for training exercises. With the Doctor are two members of the base crew, O'Donnell (Doctor fan girl who name checks Rose, Martha and Amy) and Bennett who does not deal too well with time travel. There they find the space ship which happens to be a space hearse. We meet Prentiss, the Tivolian who will become the first ghost we met last week. He has brought Tivolian's latest conqueror, The Fisher King, to be buried on Earth.
To bad the Fisher King apparently isn't completely dead.
But the Tivolian swiftly is rendered living impaired. And subsequently one of the Doctor's two companions as well. Guess which one. Go on, guess.
Yes, you guessed correctly.
Of course, if you are guessing, then you haven't seen the episode yet which means you should stop reading and go watch the episode right now. Come back when you're done. We'll wait.
Sorry about that, folks. We'll resume this blog post momentarily.
<Insert Muzak version of Doctor Who theme>
OK, guessing person's back now. See, I told you, huh? We'll talk more about that later.
Meanwhile....BACK TO THE FUTURE!
In 2119, Clara and the other members of the base crew, Cass the hearing impaired commander and Lunn, her interpreter. And they're all a bit shook up by the appearance of the Doctor's ghost. While dealing with this, Clara gets a call from the Doctor. (Man, that is one awesome cell phone plan: calls through time!) Clara has the unfortunate task of informing the Doctor his ghost is outside. But unlike the other ghosts, this one has a different message: the Doctor's ghost is saying all the names of the crew as well as Clara and Prentiss. Back in 1980, Bennett works out what the Doctor has already figured out: the ghost Doctor is giving the names of those involved in the order in which they die. And after the most recent one to die, the next name on this list? Clara Oswald.
Yes, I did in fact see that coming, thank you.
So the Doctor's really ticked off now because it's one thing to know he's going to die and end up a ghost but that's not going to happen to Clara, oh no, not happening. So the Doctor confronts the Fisher King and tells him his plan is already done for. Those words etched in the space ship that programs the coordinates into the ghosts? Gone! So the Fisher King goes back to space ship to check.
The coordinates are still on the wall. What is missing is the power cell, you know, the one that was missing from last episode. It seems the Doctor has used it to blow up the dam which sends a bunch of water roaring down on the town and on the Fisher King.
The Fisher King is sleeping with the fishes. Get it?
Sigh. Fine, moving on.
But wait! The suspended animation chamber the base crew retrieved from the town ruins last episode? Well, it starts beeping and flashing and when it opens...
Go on, guess.
Yes, you guessed right.
So things wind up in the TARDIS as Clara compliments the Doctor's clever plan. Except the Doctor asks, who came up with the plan? The Doctor in 1980 only knew what to do because Clara in 2119 relayed the message from the Doctor ghost (er, not a ghost, hologram). So where the plan actually start? In other words....