Random Shoes: First Glance
Like Love & Monsters (from second series Doctor Who), this episode followed a normal person – by and large – getting involved in things out of the ordinary. I felt it worked for all sorts of reasons and the larger-than-life characters make it all the more accessible. It was a blessed relief to watch an episode that didn’t involve sex in all the wrong places. Instead, we concentrated on Eugene’s obsessive belief in aliens and the extraterrestrial origin of the glass eye in his possession.
Perhaps I could criticise the story for the indifference of the rest of the Torchwood team, right up to the last moment. I can’t quite figure why Jack would be so dismissive – though perhaps it emphasizes how focussed the team can be to the point of dangerous ignorance. Torchwood intends to save the world to the exclusion of all else… but sometime, those who need saving reside far closer to home and might not have world-destroying plans or dangerous otherworldly powers.
The ending? Perhaps we’ll see Eugene again? Given the reference to death and the afterlife in the last episode (Suzie: Do you want to know a secret? There’s something moving in the dark and it’s coming, Jack Harkness, it’s coming for you…), it makes you wonder whether we’ll see more of the dark world beyond.