Doctor Who 10.11 “World Enough And Time” Preview
The end (of Doctor Who series 10) is near, but the moment has been prepared for… with a two-part finale, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay. The first part is called “World Enough And Time”, a phrase taken from the first line of a poem,“To His Coy Mistress” by 17th century poet Andrew Marvell. And, yes, Missy – aka, the Mistress – is front and centre, though she’s hardly coy. So what teasers and cryptic clues can we give you this week?
SPOILER WARNING: This preview assumes you’ve seen trailers for this episode.
- We’d give this one ★★★★★ – though some Moffat-doubters are probably going to like it a lot less we did, we thought it was bursting with great ideas, atmosphere, creepiness, surprises and WTF? moments.
- And a lot of fan-pleasing references
- It’s not exactly epic, but there’s a lot of setting up for an epic finale.
- There’s a genuine jaw-on-floor moment early on, and no timey-wimey or robot double get out clause.
- While there is some timey-wimyness, it may get a seal of approval from hard sci-fi fans.
- There’s a careful piece-by-piece build-up to the reveal of the first proper Cybermen – it’s very effective and creepy, especially the rationale behind the voices.
- Missy and Bill get a lot more time centre stage than the Doctor.
- One of the “twists” is disappointingly obvious from the trailer.
- Moffat has a new spin on something he was concerned with a lot during the Matt Smith era.
- Missy has a “Tyres-from-Spaced” moment.
- Bill would like to get something off her chest.
- “Think of the age gap.”
- “Congratulations on your relative symmetry.”
- Missy gets a little meta.
- Murray Gold gets to revisit one of his greatest ever pieces of music he’s written for the show (not someone’s theme) during a lovely reminiscing sequence.
- In fact, there’s some brilliant use of sound and music throughout.
- The Doctor draws something that would make The Flash’s Cisco proud.
- The Doctor has a Third Doctor moment (not involving the world “polarity”).
- The actual cliffhanger comes after two preceding scenes that both would have made great cliffhangers too.
- The BBC has actually redacted one scene in the preview screeners, and it’s NOT the final scene, surprisingly. What is satisfying is that we can’t even begin to guess (from context within the episode) what it might contain!