Doctor Who 10.12 “The Doctor Falls” PREVIEW
So, after the rapturous reception from critics and fans alike for the alternate origin of the Cybermen in “World Enough And Time”, can Doctor Who’s series 10 finale maintain the quality. Short answer – very nearly. This is also Capaldi’s penultimate episode… officially. But does outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat have one final twist up his sleeve?
“The Doctor Falls” airs on BBC One on Saturday at 6.30. It’s an hour-long episode.
SPOILER WARNING: This preview assumes you’ve seen the trailers and pre-publicity for this episode. Oh, and “World Enough And Time”. If not, you proceed at your own peril.
- We’d give this one ★★★★★. It’s far from perfect and not quite as good as “World Enough And Time” but what works really works.
- Thing that really work include the Master/Missy storyline, especially its conclusion, and…
- …Bill’s fate, and…
- …Nardole’s plan, and…
- …a magnificent performance from Peter Capaldi, especially his two big climatic moments.
- There’s a LOT of action, and even watching it on the BBC’s preview screener with many of the FX missing or half completed, it looks spectacular.
- Oddly, though, while the visuals are often epic, the story feels more personal, intense and character-led than some past GALAXY-THREATENING/REALITY-THREATENING/ALL-OF-TIME-THREATENING finales.
- It opens unexpectedly. It’s not a straight follow on from the cliffhanger and briefly looks like a sequel to another Tennant-era story (not written by Moffat) completely.
- Like last week, it’s a fairly linear story once again, but also like last week, some of the details about why what’s happening is happening are a little vague.
- Somebody namechecks a lot of familiar planets and past skirmishes.
- There’s a bucolic feel to some scenes.
- The Doctor quotes another previous Doctor.
- There’s a very familiar prop from the classic series, though it looks a little more bijou than we remember.
- There’s a very unexpected romance brewing…
- WILL SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
- A very disturbing new MO for the Cybermen is revealed. Genuinely, it takes their need for “conversion” to a vile new level.
- Aside from the Saxon-Master there are cameos from two other familiar faces from the past.
- To quote “Kinda”, “It ends as it begins”… in more ways than one.
- There are some very long dialogues, but they have some interesting visual quirks.
- You will want Christmas to come early.
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