My personal favourite episode was Into the Dalek. Being a fan of Daleks from a young age, I found this story most satisfactory, due to the Doctor’s oldest enemy now being a more deadly and threatening figure. More exterminating than standing about throwing idle threats!
Not only has this series seen the return of two of the show’s iconic villains, but also the Master in female form has made a dramatic come back. Head-writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, has been slowly introducing the idea that the Time Lords can now change gender through regeneration.
A shining example can be seen in the first Doctor Who adventure penned by Moffat, entitled The Curse of Fatal Death. A spoof of 50-year-old show but a piece that is still today true to its roots.
The series grew much darker and seemed to have a Gothic feel about it. Something very like the era where Producer Philip Hinchcliffe was involved with the show during its run in the mid-1970’s. As well as becoming increasingly darker and Gothic, it has also become more violent since its initial revival in 2005, which many fans seems to have mixed thoughts about.
The new décor inside the TARDIS is very reminiscent to the Gothic style TARDIS interior during the 70’s, as it resembles that of an inter-stellar mobile library.
Many fans have expressed mixed thoughts and feelings with the Master now being a woman and known as The Mistress. Some like the idea, some do not, similar to their reaction when Gatiss re-introduced the Daleks being colour coded for the ranks they’re situated with, which is homage to the two Dalek movies which starred Hammer Horror star Peter Cushing as Dr. Who.
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman’s performance in this series was outstanding and resembled that of Tom Baker and the late Elisabeth Sladen.
I very much enjoyed this season, it has had it's flaws but overall I've thoroughly enjoyed the series of adventures that the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor has taken us on. There were moments that were extremely uncomfortable - the Brigadier now being a Cyberman was one of them. Leave old Alistair to rest in his grave please!
On a positive note, Kate Stewart isn't dead, no one should ever kill off a Left-Bridge Stewart, no matter what the circumstances!
Even though a great number of questions from the last twelve weeks have been answered, there are still a few that Moffat has left unanswered. During the infamous telethon Children In Need, Moffat showed audiences the return Clara. Another question sort of answered but what remains on everyone’s lips is, is she leaving this Christmas or staying for another season?
It seems as though with a new Doctor on the scene, who is steamed in mystery and adventure, the show and it's cast members are following-a-suit.
As the 7th Doctor once said “Time will tell.”
So to conclude this series I shall rate it as 115 out of 120 jelly babies and share with you - my beautiful, intelligent anoraks, a special treat that Michelle Gomez has confirmed in an interview in the latest Doctor Who Magazine issue, she will be reprising her role as The Mistress in series nine.