Just rewatched Love and Monsters, and I’m kinda baffled as to why people don’t like the episode. And first of all, I think one of the biggest reasons for this is that people don’t understand where the Abzorbaloff idea came from.
So if you take nothing else from the post, take this: the Abzorbaloff was designed by Blue Peter competition winner William Grantham. You think the monster is childish? It was designed by a 10 year old child.
Also, I get that it’s a childish/ comedy episode, but then the monster is comedian Peter Kay in green prosthetics, so… *shrugs*. Basically, I think this is the Doctor Who equivalent of the ‘lighter’/ ‘more comedic’ X Files episodes like ‘Mulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster’/ ‘Bad Blood’ etc. It’s not supposed to be a totally serious episode. So if that’s not your bag, that makes sense. But it’s not supposed to be taken totally seriously, it’s a more light-hearted production even if it deals with serious topics.
But the other reasons I don’t understand why people don’t like the episode are:
- It’s an episode about loss.
The most obvious of these are Elton and Jackie. For Elton, the episode is about him wanting to find out why he met the Doctor as a child, where he then discovers that it was the night he lost his mum. He is also the only member of LINDA who survives the episode (and doesn’t end up in a slab of concrete), and loses his friends.
With Jackie, it’s about her dealing with the Doctor and Rose not being around, but also how she deals without Mickey. She admits herself in the episode that she usually had Mickey around to help out with DIY, and you just know that he was round there more than just when her washing machine broke. He was a friend, who she could complain about Rose’s lack of phone calls and the Doctor’s poor manners to.