An era of the series has ended, but as always, Doctor Who continues moving right along.
Showrunner Steven Moffat caps off not one, but two story arcs which have run through the entire season.
Whatever happens next week, for the moment the Doctor appears to have lost everything.
The episode establishes an ominous atmosphere right from the start of the present-day framing sequence.
The episode is a successful standalone adventure which combines elements from two earlier stories.
Toby Whithouse has a knack of writing memorable one-on-one confrontations between the Doctor and his foes.
We’re once again left with the impression that the real story has only just begun.
Showrunner Steven Moffat’s plotting ingenuity is on full display throughout the episode.
Unfortunately, the episode takes a turn for the ludicrous as the explanation is revealed.
This Doctor Who episode’s centerpiece is the terrific performance given by its guest star, David Suchet.
The episode sticks to the more straightforward storytelling style that’s characterized this season so far.
Despite its impressively designed environment, the episode’s logic is strained.
This season premiere episode leaves the impression of it being constructed from bits of other stories.
Some skillful writing diverts attention from the fact that this is a rather oddly structured episode.
The first half of the episode is almost entirely comedic in nature, and the performances are appropriately unsubtle.
Coleman excels at showing her character’s horror at what the Doctor has suffered, and what it’s done to him.
Director Rachel Talalay surpasses her work on last season’s finale, providing whole sequences of breathtaking visuals.
The story is a tragedy in the literal sense, which means that Clara’s end comes about as a direct consequence of a flaw in her character.
The episode’s found-footage conceit presents several unusual challenges for both writer Mark Gatiss and first-time director Justin Molotnikov.
While the previous episode had many obvious references to read-world events, such allusions are considerably toned down here.