By James DeRuvo (DoddleNEWS)
All the rumors are proving true for the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who… Not only about the BBC wanting a clean slate, but that everyone from Pearl Mackie’s Bill, to the Doctor’s nemesis Missy could be leaving, as well (despite denials). But even though we saw it all coming to an end, outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat gave surprises that any Whovian would enjoy. But the last surprise, well that points to a very sad, yet Merry Christmas for anyone who calls themselves a Who fan when the annual Yuletide episode arrives. I take a look at the final episodes of series 10, and there will be SPOILERS.
“I’m not trying to win. I’m not doing this because I want to beat someone, because I hate someone, or because I want to blame someone. It’s not because it’s fun. God knows it’s not because it’s easy. It’s not even because it works because it hardly ever does. I do what I do because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind!
“It’s just that… Just kind. If I run away today, good people will die. If I stand and fight, some of them might live. Maybe not many, maybe not for long. Hey, you know, maybe there’s no point to any of this at all. But it’s the best I can do. So I’m going to do it. And I’m going to stand here doing it until it kills me. And you’re going to die too! Some day… And how will that be? Have you thought about it? What would you die for? Who I am is where I stand. Where I stand is where I fall.” — The Doctor’s final soliloquy
When David Tennant decided it was time to leave the role of Doctor Who, his last two part adventure was sad, but the final 15 minutes was of the tenth Doctor saving all those he loved one last time, to say goodbye. It was classic Tenth, and it when he finally regenerated, it brought a tear to the eye as he said, “I don’t want to go.”
With Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, his final adventure battling the Mondasian Cybermen was an action packed two-parter (World Enough and Time / The Doctor Falls), and actually stretches out to a three parter, adding in the Christmas Special. All three episodes are book marked by the Doctor’s inevitable regeneration, and his last stand.
Faced with a final attack of the Cybermen, and dealing with the guilt of Bill having been assimilated into their mechanical collective, the Doctor helps a village make their last stand in order to escape the Mondasian’s vile clutches. The Doctor not only has to deal with them, though, as he also must contend with the Master (played by John Simm) and Missy (Played by Michele Gomez).
The Master refuses to stand with the Doctor, but Missy is wavering, wanting to help her friend as he helped her. But in the end, it’s all too overwhelming for all. But Bill’s friend, the Pilot, comes to their aid, and that was something I didn’t expect, and it was a nice bookend to Pearl Mackie’s solitary season as the companion. She will be missed.
Then there’s Missy and the Master, who could only really die one way … by their own hand. The only one who really has a happy ending is Nardole, who ends up taking care of the village of children like a benevolent uncle.
Eventually, as the title suggests, The Doctor Falls, but what we heard rumor of came true in amazing fashion, as the Doctor is struggling with having to once again regenerate, and simply refusing to. Doctor Who can refuse to regenerate, but the alternative is to die. And for The First Doctor (David Bradley reprises his role as William Hartnell’s First Doctor), he sees Twelve’s attitude as simply ridiculous. And there, standing in the falling snow of another world, the First Doctor Who is poised to give the Twelfth Doctor what’s good for him.
So most of the rumors became true: The BBC gets a clean slate, Capaldi leaves, Mackie leaves, and Gomez leaves. All of them following outgoing producer Steven Moffat, who saved his best episodes of the Capaldi era for last.
And one last present to Doctor Who fans will also be one final adventure for Capaldi, to save the world with the Doctor Who he grew up with. His Doctor. It will be a joyous last moment in the sun for him, and for us, before he leaves the TARDIS forever (or until the next reunion episode). A sad, but Merry Christmas that’s sure to be a love letter to Whovian Fandom. I’m hoping that Susan Forman will return, which would be the cherry on top!
Then we’ll start it up all over again in 2018 with Chris Chibnall and a whole new series. And my prediction is that we’ll learn who the next Doctor will be later this summer, as Doctor Who will be returning to Comic-Con once again. Could that be the big reveal? I’ll be in Hall H to find out.