DOCTOR WHO FLUX
CHAPTER 5 SURVIVORS OF THE FLUX
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It was likely that after such an episode as Village of the Angels that the following episode would be rather disappointing when compared to that episode and to be honest this episode did suffer from that in a way but, in a different way, was still a great episode in its own right, and a good continuation of the flux storyline.

So this episode was divided into specific sections. One was the Doctor who was transformed back to her usual self from a weeping angel, and then took to a strange place with a strange woman whom she had met before but didn’t know who the hell she was.

One is the story of Yaz, Jerricho and Dan travelling around the world looking for clues on how to get back and being attacked by agents of the grand serpent.

Another is the story of how the grand serpent helped the format of UNIT from its beginnings and how he helped bring it to a half.

Another is the contiuing story of Bel and Vinder. Vinder ends up in a passenger form and meets up with Diane from the first episode and she is up for a fight the same as Vinder. Bel meanwhile gets pulled back to the Earth by Karvanista when he finds a Lupari ship that isn’t where it should be.

By the end of this episode we find out that it was Division that caused the flux to happen and that they were hastening the end of the universe by destroying it themselves and were ready to move into another universe so we know that the flux was not natural.

The woman who says she is the head of the division reveals herself to be Tecteun the Gallifreyan who found the timeless child and took them back to Gallifrey, and used them to form the time lord race as we know it, and who was also responsible for the Doctor’s loss of memories from before they were the Hartnell incarnation.

To me this character being linked to the timeless child storyline made a lot of sense rather than her being the rani or even one of the guardians or whatever as I am sure that guardians could have stopped the decimation of that universe with a click of their fingers if they wished, and the Rani just wouldn’t care so this being part of the timeless child thread made perfect sense. Also Tecteun kept all of the Doctor’s memories hidden in a fob watch and you can seen the Doctor agonising about whether or not they really need to know about their past or not.

The stuff with Yaz, Dan and Jerricho was a lot of fun as they travelled the world and met up with a comical spiritual leader in tibet and travelled to the great wall of China and loads of other places all over the world before ending up in Liverpool and finding Joseph Williamson still wondering his tunnels when he should be long dead and admitting that the tunnels were some sort of time/space portal, explaining how he could still be alive 80 years after his own time and also at the temple of atropos on the planet of time, which I thinks is a great idea and a good use for the Williamson tunnels when their real purpose is entirely unknown.

The UNIT stuff was interesting and you do have to wonder what was in it for the Grand Serpent to help UNIT become to the thing that it did and then help to bring it down when he felt that it had its time. Then there is who is the Grand Serpent? He is certainly able to travel in time, and he certainly isn’t human and he seems to be able to conjure snakes which kill people and then go back inside him.

Is he linked with the Division? Well it would sort of make sense but there is no direct link between him and the Doctor. Him and Vinder certainly but not him and the Doctor. Is he a Timelord? Is he the Master? It is definitely possible, after all in Doctor Who anything is possible.

With Bel and Vinder the question is where are they from? Are they human? Are they Gallifreyan? We know they met at an academy but we do not know which academy they met in so that opens up the possibility that they might be the parent of the Timeless child, and therefore the Doctor’s real parents.

I am not sure that this should be the case to be honest and are just parents of someone but not someone in the series, as why do they need to be linked to someone and can just exist within the confines of this story? There would be nothing wrong with that.

I am not convinced that all the threads present in Flux so far will be explained. Some of them have been already and most of them are not as I write this so I wait for the final episode with bated breath to see what we get in the final hour of the story.