As usual with these examination of ‘Doctor Who’ stories shortly after transmission, if you haven’t seen them, I’ll try not to give away too many unintentional spoilers, although I will give a quick resume of the plot. Much of the analysis will be about it so feel suitably warned. It’s going to be really tough this time so expect me to be cryptic and re-read this piece after watching the episode in case you read it first.
In a word: WOW!
You really do have to keep your eyes on the box here and we’re not just talking about your telly (other visual machines are available) as well as time machines. The beginning is explained at the end and if you have déjà vu, then you are joining the Doctor for a change.
There is so much spoiler here. The Doctor on Gallifrey emulates a specific scenario from a film. If you haven’t seen ‘Our Man Flint’, then pick the film up. Going from lapdog to the boss is a direct borrow. There’s something familiar with the execution as well but can’t play the film although it might be eaten with spaghetti or western or both.
The Time Lords are after the hybrid and the Doctor wants to rescue Clara, even if it means entering the Matrix. I love the twist and seeing another Type 40 TARDIS in use. Pure nostalgia. I wonder how long before both versions of these TARDIS will be available as merchandise or is one of them petals in the wind. I wonder if the second TARDIS is now a Quantum Leap into the past. Remember, it’s not all about me.
There’s still a matter of the Doctor aging 4 1/2 billion years but that depends on whether it’s real or Matrix time. As it could be both, I have a feeling his age will revert to normal.
How much more to say. Remember what happened to Donna Noble. Well, it’s not quite like that. You’re going to applaud the solution and things are going to start to get back to normal if they ever are. If you haven’t applauded at the end, then you aren’t a ‘Doctor Who’ fan. I know playing with time is showrunner/writer Steven Moffat’s favourite MO with ‘Doctor Who’ but this time he really does carry it off exceptionally well.
Undoubtedly, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman steal the story between them. A beautiful interplay of strong performances and minds. The other cast do equally well and there’s a nice twist that would give an old ‘X-Files’ story a reminder that things can change. One vital question, are some Time Lords capable of staying only one sex?
Can’t wait for the 25th.
06 December 2015