Twelfth Doctor: Extremis (Part 1 of 3)

extremisWriter: Steven Moffat

Director: Daniel Nettheim

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companions: Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), Nardole (Matt Lucas)

Series: 10, episode 6

Summary: The Pope requests an audience with the Doctor because they wish to execute Missy. And what is the secret of “Veritas”?

Review: First of all, keep it up with Nardole, guys! He’s becoming my favorite male companion since The Brigadier back in the old days! He was great in this episode too. And Bill finally starts having misgivings with the Doctor now! I’m always wondering how long it’ll take before any companion starts having problems with the Doctor’s decisions, as they always should. That’s their job, after all.

Also, I heard some people in one of my groups on FB had some negativity with this episode because they thought it was attacking Catholicism. Two things: If I stopped watching or reading science fiction every time my religion or denomination was attacked, I’d have very little left to enjoy.  And second, I don’t think it’s as bad as some other sci-fi has attacked my faith. This isn’t The Da Vinci Code-level bad by any means.

The story did seem a little slow at times. And I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of Missy, sadly. Yeah, I’m still not a fan of her.

Overall Review: 8/10

Continuity: The Doctor having to give the Pope his “credentials” is a scene similar to when Queen Elizabeth asked him to do so in “The Day of the Doctor”. Penny asked Bill if she was going to move out of her mom’s flat, which she moved into in “Knock, Knock”. According to this episode, whatever is in the Vault has been in there since the Doctor went to see River Song in series 9, meaning it’s been there before “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”. The Doctor told the Vashta Nerada to “look him up” as well.

 

 

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