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Doctor Who Recap Season 10, Episode 12, “The Doctor Falls”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 12, “The Doctor Falls”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 12, “The Doctor Falls”

With “The Doctor Falls,” showrunner Steven Moffat caps off not one, but two story arcs which have run through the entirety of Doctor Who’s 10th season. One of these arcs has been so hidden in the background that its rising to the surface and resolution comes as a great surprise, while the other has been gradually developed throughout the 12 episodes. It all began as the mystery of what the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) were guarding in their secret vault in the basement of the university where they met Bill (Pearl Mackie). After we learned that the vault contained Missy (Michelle Gomez), the focus shifted to the Doctor’s attempts to rehabilitate her and resume their old friendship. The result of that effort was still in the balance when, in last week’s episode, they landed on a 400-mile-long spaceship containing both Cybermen (who captured and converted Bill into one of them) and Missy’s own prior incarnation, the Master (John Simm).

Doctor Who Recap Season 10, Episode 11, “World Enough and Time”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 11, “World Enough and Time”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 11, “World Enough and Time”

After a run of well-made, entertaining, but hardly top-tier Doctor Who episodes, this week’s “World Enough and Time” sees showrunner Steven Moffat return to form, beginning the wind-up of his last season with a bang. What must surely be the shortest teaser ever for a Doctor Who episode delivers a jolt of adrenaline immediately as we see the TARDIS land in an unknown snow-covered location and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) stumble out, surrounded by the glow of regeneration energy but holding the process back by force of will. Rather than provide a conventional pre-titles prologue to the story of this particular episode, Moffat instead opts to insert a flash-forward to Capaldi’s imminent departure from the series, leaving an aura of impending doom hanging over the Doctor from the outset.

Doctor Who Recap Season 10, Episode 10, “The Eaters of Light”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 10, “The Eaters of Light”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 10, “The Eaters of Light”

In 1989, near the start of what has since become a long and successful career of writing for stage, film, and television, Rona Munro penned what turned out to be the very last episodes of Doctor Who’s original 26-year run. With this week’s episode, “The Eaters of Light,” she becomes the first classic series writer to contribute to the show’s 21st-century incarnation. The episode establishes an ominous atmosphere right from the start of the present-day framing sequence, with a couple of children playing among ancient standing stones on a windswept Scottish hillside, from which “ghosts” can be heard playing strange music. After the opening titles, we see the same hillside, with the markings on the stones now fresh and new as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie), and Nardole (Matt Lucas) arrive in 120 A.D.

Doctor Who Recap Season 10, Episode 9, “Empress of Mars”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 9, “Empress of Mars”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 9, “Empress of Mars”

Mark Gatiss can usually be counted on to write Doctor Who episodes that are reliably suspenseful but don’t often stretch the show’s boundaries. He does it again with this week’s “Empress of Mars,” a successful standalone adventure which combines elements from two of his better past efforts, both from 2013. From “Cold War” comes the Ice Warriors, a race of reptilian Martians, who first appeared in Doctor Who 40 years ago, with their honor-bound militaristic outlook. They’re cleverly juxtaposed with the Victorian milieu of “The Crimson Horror”—though this isn’t apparent at first from the light-hearted teaser, which has the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie), and Nardole (Matt Lucas) turning up in the control room of a present-day NASA Mars mission whose robot probe has just landed on the red planet. To everyone’s consternation, the pictures show that, under the Martian polar ice cap, rocks have been arranged to spell out GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.

Doctor Who Recap Season 10, Episode 8, “The Lie of the Land”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 8, “The Lie of the Land”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 8, “The Lie of the Land”

In the latest installment of Doctor Who, “The Lie of the Land,” the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie), and Nardole (Matt Lucas) finally manage to end the threat to Earth from the alien monks introduced in “Extremis.” It completes a trilogy of episodes that strongly calls to mind another Doctor Who three-part story from almost exactly a decade ago. In both stories, the second episode ends with an unstoppable alien takeover of the world, and the third opens with an unexpected jump forward in time (a full year in 2007’s “Last of the Time Lords,” a more modest six months in this case) to a point where humanity has been totally subjugated. In both, the Doctor begins the third episode in the power of the oppressors, and his companions bear the burden of leading the resistance until he can fight back. Finally, both feature the Doctor’s complex relationship with his fellow Time Lord, the Master. After being the main antagonist in the earlier story, the Master—now in the form of Missy (Michelle Gomez)—is actually now an ally (of sorts).

Doctor Who Recap Season 10, Episode 6, "Extremis"

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 6, “Extremis”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 10, Episode 6, “Extremis”

Tonight’s Doctor Who is a turning point for the season. After a run of standalone adventures for the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill (Pearl Mackie), by the end of “Extremis” we’re suddenly in the middle of a big multi-part tale. It feels quite similar to the way 2011’s mid-season finale, “A Good Man Goes to War,” finally resolved the long-running mystery of River Song’s identity, only for that resolution to send the season’s plot arc off in a whole new direction. Ever since “The Pilot,” we’ve been teased with the riddle of who or what is in the secret vault that the Doctor and Nardole (Matt Lucas) have been guarding, and why the Doctor took up this duty. “Extremis” fills in the answers to those questions, but it’s clearly only the prologue to a much larger story.

Doctor Who Recap Season 9, Episode 2, “The Witch’s Familiar”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 9, Episode 2, “The Witch’s Familiar”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 9, Episode 2, “The Witch’s Familiar”

“The Witch’s Familiar,” the conclusion of the tale begun in last week’s season opener, is a case, rather rare in Doctor Who, where the second half of the story is even stronger than the first. Often in Doctor Who’s multi-part stories, the payoff struggles to match the setup, with a rushed or unconvincing resolution. Here, after the spectacle of “The Magician’s Apprentice,” writer Steven Moffat changes direction and keeps the focus almost exclusively on two pairs of characters, who carry the entire episode through a series of long but compelling dialogue-driven scenes.

Doctor Who Recap Season 9, Episode 1, "The Magician’s Apprentice"

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 9, Episode 1, “The Magician’s Apprentice”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 9, Episode 1, “The Magician’s Apprentice”

“The Magician’s Apprentice” begins the second season for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor with a swaggering production whose confidence is quite remarkable compared with the uncertainty of tone and focus in Capaldi’s first year (particularly the first few episodes). The opening hook is one of the most impressive the series has ever produced: In a bleak, battle-scarred landscape, the Doctor encounters a boy (Joey Price) lost and alone, trapped in a minefield, and prepares to rescue him. But when he learns the boy’s name, Davros, he realizes the child he’s looking at will grow up to become the creator of his greatest enemies, the Daleks.

Doctor Who Recap Season 8, Episode 11, "Dark Water"

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 8, Episode 11, “Dark Water”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 8, Episode 11, “Dark Water”

In “Dark Water,” showrunner Steven Moffat begins the process of drawing together the threads of this season of Doctor Who. Being the first half of a two-parter (the first time the series has used the multi-episode format since 2011’s “The Rebel Flesh” and “The Almost People”), the episode has the luxury of being able to draw the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) into the schemes of “Missy” (Michelle Gomez) and leave them entangled there, without as yet needing to provide answers or explanations. Everything goes wrong for the Doctor and Clara, starting with a particularly brutal blow: Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) is killed in a road accident while talking to Clara on his phone.

Doctor Who Recap Season 8, Episode 9, "Flatline"

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 8, Episode 9, “Flatline”

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Doctor Who Recap: Season 8, Episode 9, “Flatline”

Hot on the heels of last week’s “Mummy on the Orient Express,” new writer Jamie Mathieson delivers an intriguing and suspenseful standalone episode with “Flatline.” He certainly knows how to start a story with a good visual hook, as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) land in present-day Bristol and find themselves struggling to emerge from a police box that’s suddenly shrunk to half its normal height. There’s a refreshingly old-school feel to the episode in that the Doctor has no prior knowledge of what’s going on, in contrast to much of the past few seasons (as he says to Clara, “Could you not just let me enjoy this moment of not knowing something? They happen so rarely”). Thanks to the TARDIS shrinking even further, the Doctor becomes trapped inside until the end of the episode, able only to offer advice and the occasional bit of equipment as Clara does the legwork, carrying the TARDIS with her in her handbag. The shots of the Doctor’s face filling the tiny doorway, or his hand reaching out of the little police box, are equal parts funny and slightly disturbing.