o here we are: the end of Season 10. We have had an array of great adventures over the last 11 Episodes and now the series has come to a close with Episode 12. However, this isn’t the end yet for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as we’ve still got a Christmas Special to watch and it’s promised to be a fan-boy’s dream.
As previously stated in my blogs this will contain a colossal amount of SPOILERS. So if you’ve been living under a rock and aren't up to date yet with series 10, please go and update yourselves now. I cannot be held responsible for ruining the season finale if I haven’t yet managed to warn you of this blog’s content.
After last week’s episode, The World Enough and Time, we were left on such a major cliff-hanger. Poor Bill has been upgraded to a Mondasian Cyberman, John Simm’s Master was hiding in plain-sight and the Doctor and Nardole are in imminent danger. Cue the agonising wait for The Doctor Falls.
My expectations were set high. After painfully waiting for Saturday to come, I was questioning myself, “how can the TARDIS crew get out of this predicament?” I was hooked to my TV screen, laughing at the announcer becoming a Cyberman. I like it when the Beeb do things that make a little reference to the episode.
I found The Doctor Falls to be a blur. I enjoyed it but I felt like something was missing. One scene that I did like was when Simm’s Master stroked his goatee and said, “old school!” Leading up to Saturday Simm stated in an interview that he added this for the “old school” fans of the show. I liked it and it worked beautifully.
I knew that eventually the two versions of the Master would eventually end up killing each other. It does makes sense that the two versions of the Doctor’s arch-nemesis would end up killing each other, as well as have the hots for one another. The Master has always been a narcissist.
Leading towards the end I was becoming slightly disappointed with the story’s outcome. I was a bit miffed that Bill was actually saved by her love-interest Heather, and that Heather's tears and love for Bill were what broke Bill free from the Cyber-armour. Escaping the suit of a Cyberman is meant to be impossible. Over the last 51 years they’ve even stated that the process couldn’t be reversed.
I was also disappointed over the fact that Nardole was just simply left on the ship that’s in orbit of a black hole. Is he going to be stuck there forever, or is he going to find a way to escape with the remaining passengers (not to mention his admirer)?
However, I did like the ending. The cliff-hanger had me squealing with excitement! I was fully aware of the ending a week in advance due to sightings many fans have been tweeting about on social media. However, these rumours/sightings weren’t confirmed until the last few moments of The Doctor Falls. I happen to think that David Bradley will make a great First Doctor in this year’s Christmas Special. Now to patiently wait for the 25th December to come round.
8/10 for this one.