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The Haunting of Villa Diodati 

Villa Diodati, 1816 - on a night that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The plan was to spend the evening in the presence of literary greats - but the ghosts are all too real. And the Doctor is forced into an earth-shattering decision.

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Emma Sullivan

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Maxine Alderton, Kit Pedler (Cybermen created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Jodie Whittaker ... The Doctor
Bradley Walsh ... Graham O'Brien
Tosin Cole ... Ryan Sinclair
Mandip Gill ... Yasmin Khan
Lili Miller ... Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
Jacob Collins-Levy ... Lord Byron
Nadia Parkes ... Claire Clairmont
Maxim Baldry ... Dr. John Polidori
Patrick O'Kane ... Ashad
Lewis Rainer ... Percy Bysshe Shelley
Stefan Bednarczyk Stefan Bednarczyk ... Fletcher
Sarah Perles ... Elise
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Villa Diodati, 1816 - on a night that inspired Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The plan was to spend the evening in the presence of literary greats - but the ghosts are all too real. And the Doctor is forced into an earth-shattering decision.

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Graham makes an homage to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" when first meeting Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, saying "it is a truth universally acknowledged" before he is interrupted. The rest of the quote is "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." "Pride and Prejudice" had been written only three years before, in 1813. See more »

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The DoctorYasmin KhanThe Doctor: I have to find out what he's looking for. Alone. You need backup. All of us against one. One Cyberman, but then thousands. Humans like all of you changed into empty, soulless shells. No feeling, no control, no way back. I will not lose anyone else to that. Do not follow me.
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References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »

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Fine, moody first act - let's hope the quality is maintained
18 February 2020 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

The Doctor and her irritating tag-alongs materialise in Villa Diodati in 1816, on the evening famous for inspiring Mary Shelly to write Frankenstein. Needless to say, something is amiss - strange events begin to occur and people slowly realise that they are trapped in an ostensibly haunted house. The episode is nicely filmed and does very well in establishing a sense of claustrophobic dread. Also needless to say, the supernatural trappings are eventually established to be alien-tech in origin (although the 'why and how' details are a bit vague), as a representative of a long-established Whovian enemy appears, linking the episode to the portentous utterances of Ep. 12.5 ('Fugitive of the Judoon'). The episode eschews the simple-minded preachiness that has muddled earlier stores and the cast playing the Regency era celebrities (the Shellys, Lord Byron, Polidori, Claimont) are very good (maybe too good - as other's have opined, the guest cast outshines the stars). 'The Haunting of Villa Diodati' ends abruptly and really can't be judged as a standalone story, but as the opening to a 2 or 3 part story arc, it is quite good. We can only hope...


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