Doctor Who 10.5: “Oxygen” - Episode Review
In what’s becoming a trend this season, “Oxygen” again presents a fairly standard type of Doctor Who story but elevates it with sterling character work and a strong theme. Arriving on Chasm Forge, a disaster struck space station mining copper from an asteroid belt, our trio find most of the forty strong crew dead and only four survivors. But the dead walk, passengers in their artificially intelligent motorized space suits; an apparent malfunction causing the technology to turn on its own masters. They kill with a touch by transmitting the infection to the victim’s own space suit. It’s all relatively familiar from episodes as diverse as “Silence in the Library,” “Rise of the Cybermen,” “The Empty Child” and even this season’s “The Pilot” and “Smile” (both of which featured different types of technology innocently muddling its directives in dangerous ways). But the story here is told with a visceral horror and doom laden atmosphere that marks it out as uniquely itself.