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Doctor Who Recap 2017 Christmas Special, “Twice Upon a Time”

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Doctor Who Recap: 2017 Christmas Special, “Twice Upon a Time”

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Doctor Who Recap: 2017 Christmas Special, “Twice Upon a Time”

“Twice Upon a Time,” Doctor Who’s 2017 Christmas special, is a story of endings and of continuing beyond them. It caps off the Doctor Who careers of both showrunner Steven Moffat and the current Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, and heralds a time of wholesale change both in front of and behind the camera, as new showrunner Chris Chibnall arrives with his new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. Moffat’s swan song is a fittingly elegiac tale that looks at how the Doctor has changed in the course of his 54-year journey by placing Capaldi’s Doctor side by side with his very first incarnation, originally played back by William Hartnell and here by David Bradley.

Torchwood Recap Season 2, Episode 2: "Sleeper"

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Torchwood Recap: Season 2, Episode 2: “Sleeper”
Torchwood Recap: Season 2, Episode 2: “Sleeper”

After the entertaining fluff of “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” Season 2’s follow-up effort hits hard. A mash-up of the recurrent themes from Battlestar Galactica and 24;, “Sleeper” walks down a checklist of hot-button items, but with grace and feeling, avoids bludgeoning viewers with any particular viewpoint. There’s a lot to be said for a show that lets you make up your own mind about how you feel about what’s going on. Where the season premiere gave us a lot of running around and a few tense situations, “Sleeper” plays it straight and digs deep, asking questions we don’t want to answer, and forcing us to admit that some questions have no easy answers. As much as I enjoyed “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” and James Marsters’ charismatic rogue, “Sleeper” is far superior, and its guest star Nikki Amuka-Bird, given a more complex role, knocks it out of the park. “Sleeper” is not to be missed.