Twelfth: Dark Water/Death in Heaven (dual review)

dark waterWriter: Steven Moffatt

Director: Rachel Talalay

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companions: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave)

Summary: Clara receives a phone call telling her that Danny Pink has died. She then receives another phone call from a mysterious woman named Missy,  who wishes to contact the Doctor. Missy is actually a new regeneration of The Master, who is turning the dead into her army of Cybermen.

Review: I know there are many fans who like Missy as the new Master, but I do not. I would rather she be either a whole new villain entirely or maybe a regeneration of the Rani. Especially since the original actress for the Rani is dead now. (Big Finish has actually brought back the character, now that I think about it) Changing her gender reminds me of Moffat’s first Doctor Who-related story, a parody he did for Comic Relief called “The Curse of the Fatal Death”. In that story, not only does the Doctor change genders, but so does the Master. Because that story is an affectionate parody, I do not think there should be any attempt to reference it, even if the attempt is made by Steven Moffatt. Parodies are not created by the studio, and thus should not be canon or referenced to. To me, changing Missy’s gender or The Doctor’s is both caving in to Social Justice Warriors and referencing this parody. It’s also a gimmick move, and gimmick moves are rarely a good thing because they have to rely on the strength of the gimmick.

That being said, however, I do think Missy is a good villain. As the Seventh Doctor himself once said, “you can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies.” A good villain should in some way mirror the hero. Missy has no regard for the dignity of innocent life. In that regard, she is a good villain.

Clara can be sympathized with in this story. She wanted so much to make Danny part of her life, and now that opportunity has been taken from her. If she can find a way to fix it, she wants it.

This was a pretty good finale, even with Osgood’s death.

Overall Review: 7/10

Continuity: Clara’s flat has post-it notes that reference her adventures up to this point. The Master has also had a companion of his own that was killed, Chang Lee, in the TV movie. We finally learn what Danny’s “bad day” was that forced him out of the army. The Master also created an army out of the Doctor’s enemies in “Master of the Daleks”, part of the “Dark Eyes” saga. Kate has a Cyberman’s head that was acquired from their invasion of Earth during the Second Doctor’s era. Osgood is wearing a scarf similar to the Fourth Doctor’s. a bow-tie similar to the Eleventh’s, and a leather jacket similar to the one worn by the Ninth Doctor and the War Doctor. Missy uses the phrase “Oh my giddy aunt” when she kills Osgood. This was a common catchphrase of the Second Doctor. One of the Cybermen is actually the Brigadier himself. (and I hate that)





One comment on “Twelfth: Dark Water/Death in Heaven (dual review)

  1. I feel the same way as you about Missy. She’s not the Master to me. Heck, I’d like her a LITTLE more if she had, in fact, not stopped calling herself the Master–though in the end I think her very existence is designed to wedge the door open for an eventual female regeneration of the Doctor (please God, no). But as far as her name–they don’t call Master’s degrees “Missy degrees” when they give them to women, do they? 😉

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