Regarding plot holes in Doctor Who season 11 episode 4: Arachnids in the UK
Let me start off by saying that I appreciate the not-so-subtle digs at D*n*ld Tr*mp. I appreciate the very clear message that he, people like him, and what they stand for are all wrong. Also, to reiterate another important message from the episode, shooting your way out of a perceived problem is NOT the civilized solution. Can’t imagine who could possibly need to hear that in this day and age (heavy, heavy sarcasm because I actually have a list), but there it is.
I also appreciate that The Doctor values all life, but I hate spiders. It isn’t their fault they’re so dang upsetting to look at, but, oh, I am not a fan.
That being said, I noticed some plot holes…
Whatever became of the spider that left its shed skin in Graham and Grace’s attic? I didn’t know spiders could molt, but I refuse to Google it because there are always pictures. I did look up the garlic and vinegar repellent idea and that seems to check out. Very good to know. Apparently, just having cloves of garlic around can be enough as they truly hate the smell. Garlic: warding off vampires and spiders since the beginning of…vampires and spiders, I guess.
That brings me to my next question. Whatever became of Anna’s corpse and the dog-sized spider that suffocated her in its web-cocoon? Did it just never cross the garlic/vinegar barrier and is still in the flat? Is she still rotting in her bed? I know it’s not the most thrilling or compelling or plot-furthering television to watch the minutiae of clean up and damage control occur, but I do wonder. Whatever happened to U.N.I.T.? Maybe we’ll find out tonight…
I would love an explanation of exactly how spiderweb the width of a pencil can stop a plane. Apparently, there’s a short story in the Star Tales anthology called “Chasing the Dawn” that should have my answer. I’ve just got to get my hands on a copy. I’ll report back if I do.
Next question. What becomes of Robertson and his hotel full of mutated spider carcasses and toxic waste? Men like Robertson usually have enough money, tricks, lies, and intimidation up their sleeves to get out of most things. Robertson probably gets off scot-free even though his waste management company was the one illegally dumping toxic waste beneath his newest luxury hotel. There’s no mention of whether an actual responsible waste management company steps in to handle the illegal dumping ground turned toxic. There’s no mention of what happens to the mutated spider carcasses in Robertson’s ‘panic palace.’ Not that I ever want to see them again. I’m just saying there could have been a one-liner on their final fate. Perhaps there was and I missed it trying to stay awake enough to watch one more episode. Would have been foolish to try and sleep with the last images in my head being giant, mutated spiders.
This was really just a post about plot holes. I’m still in it for the long haul.
New episode tonight at 8pm! Happy New Year! Happy New Doctor Who!