Capaldi and Coleman’s performance was outstanding! The Nethersphere was a great setting for the story’s central point and finally seeing “Missy” and the Doctor together was a sight for saw eyes.
Also the story had tell-tale signs that the Cybermen were going to make an appearance due to certain Cyberman-like symbols, mainly with the 3W logo on the windows of the buildings and doors of the Nethersphere.
Throughout the series so far, audiences have seen Missy being a warm hospitable figure.
It isn’t until the Doctor is on the scene that she’s begins showing her much darker side, especially with the Nethersphere being at the heart of St Paul’s Cathedral, gave the sense of Missy being under the Doctor’s nose the whole time he’s been travelling about the solar system and visiting central London during his Earth visits.
The tone of this story was immensely dark and intriguing. The feeling that loose ends of the series so far are being tied and are coming to a close. Unless it’s the stereotypical writing of Steven Moffat, where some questions aren't answered till five years later.
The return of the Cybermen too was a great delight and having the revelation of the silver marching assimilated soldiers being from Cyber-space, which was a nice subtle nod to the classic era, also the idea of the dead becoming Cybermen was a rather uncomfortable and a dramatic surprise. The idea of past companions of the Doctor dying and be assimilated into Cybermen is heart retching.
With the majority of Dark Water’s plot being a Doctor Who version of The Search for Spock, with Danny being the subject of the Doctor and Clara’s search in the Nethersphere.
The overall plot was well written with a great number of twists and turns, the character Missy was performed brilliantly by Scottish actor Michelle Gomez. Her and Capaldi both bounced off one-another, which plays a crucial role in the true identity of Missy.
The name Missy was a great undercover name penned by Moffat, which left a few audience members flabbergasted, for the true identity of Missy was renegade Time Lord, the Master. The Doctor Who equivalent of Moriarty but this time the Master’s no longer a he, but a she, and is now known as The Mistress. A stunning yet dramatic change to one of the show’s iconic villains.
The conclusion for the first segment of this two-part story concluded on the streets of Central London outside St Paul’s, with the Doctor in sheer shock at the Master/Mistress’s revelation, the Cybermen marching towards passers-by whilst Clara is trapped in an office with a Cyberman or possibly a Cyber-Leader.
Meanwhile Danny is trapped in the Nethersphere whimpering over a broken heart and contemplating whether to “Delete” his emotions whilst being in the company of a ghost of his past.
This first part built the tension for the story, and drew the audience in for quite possibly a stunning, dramatic season finale.
Overall rating will be present next week after Death in Heaven.
TO BE CONTINUED…