How is Danny dead? How is there a descendant of Danny in the far future that had grandparents who time travelled and past down a toy soldier through their bloodline? If Clara has actually gone for good, how does she visit UNIT before the events of the 50th Anniversary Special? And where in the name of sanity is Gallifrey?
It seems that this season finale is the typical Steven Moffat two-part story, where there’s too many questions and not enough answers. Overall the two-part serial was enjoyable and dark. Especially the death of Osgood, WHY? She would’ve been an amazing assistant to fill Clara’s place! No? Okay...
It also seems now that the “Emotional Inhibitor” located in the Cybermen’s chest pieces is now in fact useless, or what Moffat could be trying to get across to his audience members, is that love is such a strong emotion not even a piece of Cyber-technology can remove it from existence.
With episode 11 being the foundations for the finale, it still seems that there are still a few things missing. Even though the story was gripping and interesting it still feels as though the story still hasn’t had a resolution.
During the closing titles we had the introduction to this year’s Christmas Special with Nick Frost dressed as Chris Cringle asking the audience’s beloved Time Lord what does he want for Christmas.
On the subject of titles, the opening sequence where the viewers see the inside of the clock and then a clock face spiral into a time vortex, is slightly different. Instead of the titles being central on the Doctor, its very Clara based. Could this be classed as a farewell to Clara or another lead up to Clara having another identity of a much more bigger back story that the character isn’t yet aware of?
Time will tell...
The idea of Brigadier Alistair Left-Bridge Stewart’s deceased body now being a Cyberman, is creepy and haunting but thankfully through love he saved his daughter, Kate Stewart, from falling to her death. We can’t have a Stewart dying in Doctor Who now can we?
This story was also reference galore! Whether it's Iron Man (flying Cybermen), Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet’s Cloud Base, many retro scifi fans would find this as a good subtle nod to the classic era and how the shows worked in unison. Even Sylvia Anderson (Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson’s wife) gets a mention!
Other references to the classic era, were that of the Cybermen marching outside St Paul’s, which can be viewed in the 1967 serial The Invasion. Also St Paul’s could possibly be the Mistress’s TARDIS due to the “Nethersphere” and the Cyber-incubators being at the heart of the building.
To conclude this two part-story I rate 18 out of 20 gold allergic marching Cybermen.
Next stop Children in Need and then Christmas Day.