fter last Saturday’s epic episode, I have been left feeling numb and there’s questions upon questions upon questions going about in my head. It’s been a while since I’ve been left yearning to find out a season finale outcome. Over the years we’ve some alright season finales. Alright as I have been left slightly disappointed by them, however I have a feeling that this season finale is going to be completely different from whatever Steven Moffat has done before for Doctor Who.
WARNING: Over the next few hundred or so words I will be delving into what I think may come in the next episode and it will involve quite a lot of SPOILERS so consider yourself warned. If, however you’re continuing your reading of this blog and you’re not up to date with the current series then you’re slowly becoming your own worst enemy!
So, where to begin? As stated in my previous blog on The World Enough and Time, I thoroughly enjoyed the episode, I had to watch it twice and that is a rare for me. I’ve also been finding this season to be the best of the Capaldi era, it’s just a shame that he’s leaving at the end of the year. It seems that Season 10 is the season that just keeps amazing its audience and it’s a breath of fresh air to have the first openly gay companion, and before you ask me “what about Captain Jack?” Captain Jack wasn’t gay. He just went with anything that had a pulse, regardless of whatever gender the human or extra-terrestrial is/was.
Anyway, we are now (more or less) three days away from The Doctor Falls and our brains have gone into overdrive. That ending! Wow! Like, did Moffat go there? Has he actually killed off Bill in the first instalment of this year’s season finale? Many Whovians of the internet are under the assumption that the Doctor is going to find a way to reverse the process of Bill being turned into *SPOILER ALERT* a Cyberman, but it’s always been stated throughout the show’s existence that the process of being upgraded is irreversible. But then Moffat does have the tendency of killing off the Doctor’s companions and then resurrecting them. Could we be seeing this happening with Bill? Will her love for her dead mother or the Doctor allow her to break free of the metal shell that is holding her prisoner? Not to mention her tear representing the signature tear drop that can be seen on most Cybermen helmets that was adopted in The Wheel in Space (1968).
But with a season finale of one of Britain’s most famous science fiction series there comes rumours. Many have started speculating that we’re to seeing at least two regenerations in The Doctor Falls, obviously we’re to see Capaldi’s Doctor regenerate after last week’s pre-titles scene. But there’s also a rumour that we’re going to see the Master or Missy regenerate and either of them are going to regenerate into David Tennant. To me this sounds like an outrageous rumour, this rumour was going about when David Tennant had the role of the benevolent Time Lord and I can’t see it actually happening, not to mention the confusion it’ll cause when we’re treated to another multi-Doctor episode. It’s also rumoured that this year’s Christmas Special is to involve David Bradley as the First Doctor and that it’ll be a multi-Doctor story.
This Saturday’s episode is not only a multi-Master story but a multi-Cyberman story and we’ve been teased that more than one version of Cyberman is to appear in the Season Finale. However, judging by the publicity videos and stills NOT all Cybermen designs have been seen. We’ve only caught a glimpse of the Original Mondasian Cybermen along with the Russell T Davies era versions followed by the more updated version first seen in Neil Gaiman’s Nightmare in Silver (2013). Many of my fellow Whovian friends are also under the impression that we’re to see the Cybermen who appeared in Earthshock (1982). I for one would love to see this happen but I can’t see it happening, shame though, I rather like the 1980’s Cybermen but if we do catch a glimpse would that cause another Cyber-Civil War? If we don’t catch a glimpse will Telos at least get a mention?
Could the colony ship be carrying the Cybermen from Mondas to Telos? To many of you who aren’t aware of Mondas and Telos, Telos was adopted by the Cybermen after their original home-planet Mondas was destroyed after they tried to absorb the power of planet Earth to make way for their return to our universe. The destruction of Mondas also caused the destruction of the original Mondasian Cybermen, which then resulted in the first regeneration of the Doctor.
It is pretty obvious that the story’s outcome will involve the colony ship falling into the blackhole, the question that still stands is who’s going to survive and will we actually see a brand-new incarnation of the Doctor at the end of next week’s episode or will the Doctor be able to hold the regeneration process off until Christmas Day? If we do end up seeing a brand-new Doctor at the end of The Doctor Falls that is one big secret the BBC has successfully kept under wraps, not to mention more rumours that have been doing the rounds where its believe the Beeb has already cast an actor for next series of Doctor Who. Who knows?
It is also obvious that the Master is going to side with the Doctor to save the day from the Cybermen. I’m also happy to see that the Cybermen have gone back to being taller than the Doctor. The Cybermen are far more scary and domineering when they’re towering over the universe’s favourite Doctor. I’m expecting this last episode to be a tear jerking and it’ll be an end of an era that Steven Moffat has been building since 2010.
One of the many things that centres round a season finale is the cliff-hanger ending that leads onto the following Christmas Special. So in a way not only does a season finale mark an end, it also marks the beginning of a brand new adventure.
Very much like Doctor Who; Doctor Who has always had the ability to “open at the close” as it were. This year’s Christmas Special is steeped in rumours and mystery. One of the many rumours is that David Bradley is to make a guest appearance of William Hartnell’s Doctor in what could be a multi-Doctor episode. Sadly the image is of a very low-quality, on the other hand the BBC have neither denied or confirmed this rumour.
So its open to interpretation, however Twitter user George Brown; who snapped the image whilst watching the Beeb film the Special in question removed the image from Twitter, that was however after the image found its way over onto the Doctor Who forums. So what do you think?
Will David Bradley be making a guest appearance as the First incarnation of our favourite Time Lord? Who knows! I'm sure we'll find out at the end of Episode 12 on Saturday evening.
Doctor Who returns on 01/07/17 on BBC One at 18:30 GMT in The Doctor Falls.