Lots of people fall in the final episode of Series 10: Missy falls to the ground and presumably dies; the Master falls as the elevator plunges down to the lower levels of the colony ship; Bill’s Cyberman body falls as Heather rescues her. In fact, the only person who doesn’t fall, in fact fights falling […]Read more "The Doctor Falls…Not (S10E12)"
And so we come to a story about beginnings as we are faced with sad endings. Here, finally, Mr. Moffat gives us the origin story of the Cybermen, his gift to fandom. As usual, the craft involved in both the plot and the words that tell it are brilliant and emotional. I love Steven Moffat’s […]Read more "Beginnings, Endings and In-Betweens (World Enough and Time S10E11)"
What a gorgeous female character Rona Munro created in this week’s lead guest character, Kar. Physically strong, emotionally brave, stubborn and fierce, Kar would have made an excellent companion for the Doctor. Too bad she must sacrifice herself to save the world (has there been an episode this series NOT about self-sacrifice?) I found the […]Read more "Light Shining From Her Eyes (The Eaters of Light S10E10)"
Wow. Moffat and Whithouse deal up a plateful of drama for our ninth episode of the series, starting with the Doctor delivering fake news so well, even Trump would have approved. However, hidden in in the nooks and crannies of this confusing crisis, we find the much subtler ongoing drama of Bill and the Doctor […]Read more "The Doctor’s (Fake) News Network (The Lie of the Land S10E9)"
At last! Bill in action! It’s about time Bill had some responsibility and agency. In this episode she does it all with a vengeance. Bill’s choice to put the Doctor’s needs over conventional wisdom (though she rightly planned on the Doctor eventually saving the world, as one does), reveals the powerful familial relationship between them. […]Read more "Careful What You Fear (The Pyramid at the End of the World S10E8)"
Finally! The Doctor see’s Bill as a grown-up and is treating her accordingly, at least as much as he can during an episode in which neither of them does much of anything. Empress of Mars read to me like a typical Gattis, stand-alone episode, unrelated to the series’ story arcs, and focusing primarily upon a […]Read more "Empress of Mars (S10E7)"
No surprise. Missy is in the vault. From Moffat’s interview with DWM, it sounds like we were all supposed to guess she was in there. And, again unsurprisingly, the vault serves as a device to thrust us into the Doctor’s and Bill’s next series of adventures. I so rarely guess correctly that I am happy […]Read more "And She’s Back! (Extremis S10:E6)"