his week's Episode is the beginning of the end for Season 10. I shall be exploring my overall thoughts on the episode. As previously announced by the BBC (Thanks to the tabloids). We've seen the return of the Original 1966 Cybermen along with John Simm's the Master. I will also be confirming if whether the recent rumours of a member of the TARDIS crew is going to snuff it; are true! So without further-ado let's review Doctor Who: The World Enough and Time.
Just to forewarn you before you press on through this review; I am likely to be delving into Spoiler Central. This my kind reminder stating that over the next few hundred words it will be crammed full of SPOILERS, so consider yourselves warned!
So here we are. The beginning of the end! I have to say that pre-titles scene, OMG! Like what’s going?! Moffat what are you doing?! This is definitely the beginning of the end for the “Twelfth” incarnation of our beloved Doctor. Leading up to Episode 11 I was aware that there was going to be a pre-title scene that was going to shock or maybe amaze me, however I wasn’t expecting to see my favourite incarnation of the "Nu-Who" era of Doctors begin to regenerate! Through the scene in question I was wondering whether or not he was regenerating at the very same place where the events of the 1966 serial: The Tenth Planet had taken place. Cybermen in the snow springs to mind!
Throughout the episode I couldn’t help but feel that this is a swansong for ALL of the TARDIS crew. It comes as no surprise after the announcement that this is also going to be Michelle Gomez’s final series as Missy. So it's very fitting that Episode 11 is somewhat the end of an era, and I feel somewhat saddened by it as I absolutely adore Capaldi’s Doctor. I’ve also grown to like Nardole.
One of my many predictions for this episode has come true. Bill is in fact now a Cyberman! Like, ouch! The Doctor must be surely hurt and angry by the Master’s enthusiasm over the Genesis of the Cybermen and the somewhat "death" of a friend. I’m also forgetting that the possible working title for this episode was thrown into the script. I was however wrong that Missy was the Rani, she is in fact a future incarnation of the Doctor’s arch-nemesis, the Master. I was hoping she was the Rani all along.
I found this episode to be rather enjoyable and relished the moments that had the feel of Classic Doctor Who, where the audience would have the Master hiding in plain site. My partner already called it before I even had chance to, not to mention I did not see it coming that the Master was under a disguise the whole time. It wasn't until the end of episode did the penny drop as it were. It had me thinking of the old-days when Roger Delgado/Anthony Ainley had the role of the renegade Time Lord and how the character's disguises would have him hiding in plain sight.
It seems though that John Simm’s Master has definitely calmed down and he’s more of the Moriarty figure of the Doctor Who universe. Yes, the Master is a complete psychopath but at the same time when he and the Doctor do battle they do it so graciously. They do it as though they’re duelling gentlemen; they both share the same level of respect for one another.
It was also great to see Simm back in the role. How the Beeb managed to persuade him to reprise his role is beyond me, since he's shown frustration that many fans only situate him with the role since his first appearance in 2007's somewhat three-part story from Russell T Davies' era of WHO. The World Enough and Time delivered nothing but "pain" but I absolutely loved every minute of it.
Over the past 10 weeks I have admired Bill. I think she’s great, but I found my heart ripped out when she was upgraded into a Mondasian Cyberman after she was tricked by the Master. But then THIS is what made Doctor Who before its return in 2005, the Master was always a sly character when it came to the Doctor and his friends.
Not to mention the setting of the episode being based around a more or less deserted ship in the middle of deep space that happens to be in orbit of a black hole. I would have to go as far as saying that this is THE best episode of Season 10, it was just crammed with mystery and had me glued to my screen. I didn’t even leave my armchair until the episode was over, that’s how good it was!
I even switched my mobile phone off so I wouldn't be disturbed and that's a rare occasion for me. I just hope the next episode that concludes the season is as good, if not BETTER! Though I do have a feeling that the Doctor is going to find a way to reverse the process of Bill being a Cyberman, though its always been stated that reversing the "upgrade" is impossible.
I found the story to be overall a great build up for a two-part story. However the announcements of John Simm and the original 1966 Cybermen returning ruined it for me. I think if the press weren’t so eager to print the spoilers weeks if not months in advanced of the episodes was airing, I would’ve been gasping at the revelations towards the end of Episode 11. Alas we can’t win them all. It also feels that we've been through a lot in this series and I haven't yet gotten over the moment the Doctor went blind.
It was also evident that Steven Moffat’s two boys Louis and Joshua influenced him on certain moments in the script. Mind you I don't want to see Missy/the Master dab ever again. No dabbing please, its not cool! I’m a grump, I know! But for me what made this episode was the return of the original Cybermen. Like Capaldi I am a big fan of the original monsters.
I find them to be far more terrifying than their replacements over the years. Thank you Steven Moffat for bringing them back! I'm still in awe of that ending "I wai-ted.." heartbreaking and terrifying hearing that original robotic voice provided by Nicholas Briggs, which was followed by a tear from a now trapped Bill. Ouch!
The World Enough and Time gets a rare 10/10 from me. Now to patiently wait for Episode 12 where Season 10 comes to a close and where we’ll possibly discover the new incarnation of Doctor or possibly we may have to wait until Christmas Day. Doctor Who returns next week in The Doctor Falls, which promises to be a feature length episode, so now its the waiting game and for our theories on the story's outcome to run wild...