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EFORE Jodie Whit­taker leaps into the TARDIS to travel through time and bat­tle Daleks, this psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller is an­other re­minder of what a com­pelling actress she is.

In fact, if it wasn’t for Jodie’s mes­meris­ing per­for­mance, it would be easy to turn your nose up at a rather out­ra­geous plot.

The open­ing scene is like some­thing out of Ca­su­alty, and a medic (Jodie) looks like she’s hav­ing a panic at­tack as she pulls on her la­tex gloves.

Flash­back to three months ear­lier and we dis­cover the woman is Cath Hardacre, a hard­work­ing nurse, kind, quick-think­ing and gen­er­ally all-round good egg. She even com­plains to the health trust about pa­tient neglect – she wants a bet­ter world, peo­ple!

But of course, this is telly, and no one likes a whis­tle-blower, so Cath is sus­pended on ten­u­ous grounds for bul­ly­ing.

It’s here where the con­cept gets a bit un­likely. At a leav­ing party for her best friend Dr Ally Sut­ton, who is ditch­ing life as an A&E doc­tor to em­i­grate to New Zealand, Cath finds Ally’s dis­carded pa­per­work in the bin.

Be­cause of course it’s per­fectly nor­mal to throw away all your med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates.

But sweep­ing that aside, Cath de­cides to steal her iden­tity and move to a fail­ing emer­gency depart­ment in Ed­in­burgh as a doc­tor with her daugh­ter Molly.

I mean, how hard can it re­ally be? She reads a few ex­tra books, Googles the odd med­i­cal com­plaint...

So now Cath is Doc­tor Sut­ton – no won­der she was sweat­ing pro­fusely in A&E.

The cast – in­clud­ing Sharon Small as Cath’s boss and Emun El­liott as a charm­ing con­sul­tant – more than make up for the shaky premise, and you’ll be gripped as you wait to see if the im­poster will be found out.

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