By Mike Bartlett
“This is the part of my life you're not in.”
“Knock Knock” is mainly about Bill and her friends looking to rent a house while at university. They were not having any luck until an older man offered them a house for rent that was cheap and had enough bedrooms to accommodate everyone. But of course if it’s too good to be true it genuinely is as The Doctor who is helping Bill move in is instantly alerted to something not right about the house. The Doctor senses something alien and as usual he is correct as the whole house seems to be alive and it’s alive and infested with alien bugs. The creepy thing is the house won’t let you leave and it seems to open up the walls and sucks you in.
David Suchet plays the landlord who seems to be hiding a secret that lives in the tower of the house. At first we are to believe that he is protecting his daughter but what The Doctor discovers is the woman that is made entirely of wood is his mother. What is sad about this story is that The Landlord is keeping his mother alive for over 70 years using the alien bugs and killing the college kids that he rented the house too. As The Doctor said a son would do anything for his mother and The Landlord sure did take it to the extreme. What was also bitter sweet was the realization on his mother’s face when she found out what he did and then decided to end it all by killing her son and herself while freeing Bill’s friends. That moment was pretty sad especially seeing The Landlord crying that he didn’t want to go.
So far we have been getting more inklings as to who or what may be in the vault. This time we actually see The Doctor go into the vault with some takeout and we also find out that he put a piano in there also. I’m guessing at some point we are going to find out that it is one of the incarnations of The Master. But then again maybe it will be someone entirely different but I’m still going with The Master but not sure which one it could be.
Grade A –