By Lee Travis
Who's Companion? Knock Knock
I hate moving. It ranks up there as one of the most uncomfortable events in life. Even after I've moved, learning about the new space is always intimidating. Months after moving into my current place the door swung open into my bedroom in the dead of night. I responded with a terrified hello. It's just part of living in an older home. The same goes for squeaky floors, cramped bathrooms, and using three prong adapters.
Bill and her new friends experienced the unpleasantness of moving into a new house in Knock Knock. Doctor Who finally did horror this series, my first introduction to the spookier side of the fandom. To be honest, this was my favorite episode of the series so far. Up to now, the themes and concepts sold me but not always the execution. Knock Knock had both execution and substance.
I'm always a sucker for a good haunted house story. The house that Bill and her friends find themselves living in oozes horror and intrigue from the minute we are introduced to the large estate. Whenever a property comes with a tower that is off limit to a tenant should be avoided. Creepy landlords don't help either. Bill needs to have a spinoff or web series with her and her roommates. The Real World of Doctor Who needs to happen.
I found the most interesting aspect of the episode early on before alien bugs devoured Bill’s roommates. Bill tells The Doctor that this is the part of her life that he isn't supposed to see or be privy to. The Doctor knows alien activity when he sees it, but the lingering statement is just as impactful as any of the horror seen. The Doctor and Bill's relationship evolved once again, not just with Bill playfully referring to The Doctor as her grandfather, but rather to a deeper level of trust. The Doctor is part of Bill's life, regardless if she is traveling through time and space or spending a quiet night indoors.
What has been your favorite horror-themed episode of Doctor Who? Which scary Doctor Who episodes do I need to watch? Let me know in the comment below and on Twitter @lostthenumbers.