Cold Blood
Episode / March 12, 2016

Aired 29 May 2010 The new era of Doctor Who has increasingly begun to introduce major curveballs at the end of its episodes to change the trajectory of series as a whole, sometimes with just key words or phrases and sometimes with extended and involved scenes. That is again the case here, and so while ‘Cold Blood’ serves as an exceedingly good conclusion to the understated yet tense events laid out in ‘The Hungry Earth,’ it is undoubtedly the final moments that will garner the most attention. Right as the crack appears following the apparent conclusion to the events involving the Silurians, it is clear that something big is about to happen. That is certainly the case as the programme takes the monumentally brave choice of apparently killing off one of its main characters. Some will argue that Rory is not a true companion, but it’s undeniable that he has had an increasing role over the last few episodes and has been on a very interesting arc over that time. And while it’s quite likely that the crack will provide a means for his return, it’s still genuinely shocking to see him get shot and go down so quickly. There’s…