Television Review

Doctor Who: ‘73 Yards’ — creepy ghost story unravels into a mess

Landing on the Welsh coast, The Doctor and Ruby embark on the strangest journey of their lives…

Dan Owen
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6 min readMay 28, 2024

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TThe focus is on Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) throughout “73 Yards” as she arrives with The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) on the picturesque Welsh coast, only to disturb an occult “fairy circle” of string and trinkets, prompting The Doctor’s disappearance and the arrival of a ghostly figure that haunts Ruby while remaining exactly 73 yards away from her.

Russell T. Davies has intended this new era of Doctor Who to contain more supernatural elements than ever before. But one issue is how unsatisfying stories can become if spooky things happen for very little reason or explanation. It leads to episodes like “73 Yards”, which was entertaining throughout and genuinely creepy for the first half, but ultimately fell apart once the narrative had to go somewhere and resolve itself. And, unfortunately, it didn’t do that very well.

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Dan Owen
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Freelance writer and TV addict raised on films • Socials and links: https://linktr.ee/danowen