Doctor Who “Twice Upon A Time” PREVIEW
Very, very, very, very mild spoilers…
Peter Capaldi’s final fling as the incumbent Doctor in Doctor Who is just a few days aways now, and it’s an episode packed with surprises and emotional moments. We’ve been lucky enough to see a preview, minus the last few moments… so even BUZZ has something to look forward to on telly on Christmas Day! The Beeb has wisely decided to keep Jodie Whittaker’s first scene as the Doctor under wraps.
But there’s so much more to the episode than just a build up to that moment. Even without that scene we thoroughly enjoyed it, even the two-hanky moments. So here are a few – sometimes cryptic, but never majorly spoilery – teasers to chew on.
- The opening is a very fun twist on those “PREVIOUSLY ON…” segments so common on TV these days.
- The way David Bradley is introduced is very clever and very effective.
- Peter Capaldi is magnificent. Quite quite magnificent. And he’s given monologue gold at one crucial point.
- David Bradley is great too, even if you do get the feeling that having to imitate William Hartnell doing a performance occasionally constrains his own performance. But you certainly buy into him.
- Plus, the First Doctor gets a lot of screen time and a reason for being there. His presence is not just a stunt.
- There’s not an awful lot of plot, but there doesn’t need to be. It’s pacy and action-packed and the emotional story underpins everything.
- It is, however, an unusual plot in one crucial way. It lacks something the vast majority of Doctor Who stories have.
- There are some wonderfully emotive images and some impressive production design. Director Rachel Talalay has done an excellent job. We hope the new production team is interested in using her.
- A character from an early Capaldi episode make a very unexpected cameo.
- Best line: “To be fair, they cut out all the jokes.”
- Mark Gatiss’s character has a problem with a language barrier.
- Somebody else gets told off for their language.
- There’s something on the TARDIS that gives new meaning to vintage.
- Bill Potts asks lots of questions, because that’s what she does.
- If, as rumoured, this is composer Murray Gold’s swan song on the series, then he goes out with a soundtrack that’s practically his greatest hits from the show.
- There’s a flashback montage that’s quite dizzying…
- There’s a running gag about PC attitudes that’s funny but goes on a little bit too long.
- The scenes in the recreation of the original TARDIS interior set look wonderful – it made us miss the sparse white aesthetic…
- And the First Doctor has a great way of describing the low lighting level on Twelve’s TARDIS.
- Despite the episode featuring a past Doctor, a present Doctor and a future Doctor (kinda… Thirteen, we mean) there are no allusions to A Christmas Carol.
- One hanging plot thread from recent years comes to a tidy conclusion… but it’s not another case of the way the whole Silence thing getting written off in one exchange in “Time Of The Doctor”.
- Someone mentions a place on Earth that may trigger a lightbulb moment for true Doctor Who geeks.
Doctor Who, “Twice Upon A Time” airs on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5.30pm and we can thoroughly recommend it.