Twelfth: World Enough and Time

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Writer: Steven Moffatt

Director: Rachel Talalay

Producer: Peter Bennett

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

Series: 10, episode 11

Summary: A spaceship trapped in the gravity well of a black hole harbors the Mondasian Cybermen and…the Master?

Review: First off, Moffatt, while I like the line about wishing that Missy could be good, the rest of your opening scene gets points deducted for the following:

  1. Having the Doctor say his name was actually “Doctor Who”. That shouldn’t happen anymore. And even if it did, it’s supposed to be in the credits only.
  2. Yet another hint that the Doctor may change his gender. As I’ve said, stop trying to make “Curse of the Fatal Death” canon! But kudos to Bill for the “Yet you still call yourselves Time Lords” joke.

The scenes on Mondas in the operating room were great. It reminded me of the images I had when I listened to Spare Parts. (If you haven’t listened to that, do it!) And I liked John Simm’s return as the Master. Looks like we’re actually getting two Masters? We’ve never had a multi-Master story!

And the cliffhanger was good too!

Overall: 7/10

Continuity: The Doctor mentions Missy retrieving him and his companions from Mars in “The Empress of Mars”. We’re reminded that Mondas is Earth’s twin. The Mondasian Cybermen’s origins are explored in Spare Parts. The Doctor again mentions his friendship with the Master at the Time Lord Academy.



2 comments on “Twelfth: World Enough and Time

  1. I posted most of my real responses on my Facebook profile in real time while I was watching the episode today, but we seem to have been bothered by some of the same things. I also liked the cliffhanger with Bill–I continue to hear rumors that Bill will be a single season companion, as Chibnall apparently wants to start with both a new Doctor and a new companion. I haven’t any confirmation of this, so it’s still just a rumor, but it looks possible. I dislike Missy being the Master–if indeed she is the Master, and I’m wondering if that might be about to be revealed to be incorrect–but she does have a humanity that, like Anthony Ainley’s, Simm’s portrayal lacks a bit. Delgado’s Master always had a trace of civility and humanity to him, and it’s nice to see Gomez reflect that, even for a little while. If it hadn’t been for the fourth-wall-breaking comments about tropes of the show (did I just use that word?) and the “Doctor Who” BS, this might be one of the best episodes in several seasons. It seems, though, like Moffat relishes the chance to refuse to do things elegantly when he could, and prefers the big, gaudy, gauche gestures that keep some of his better work from being really magnificent.

  2. Yes you did use Trope! You do know that for the first four Doctors, the credits read “Doctor Who” or “Dr. Who”, right? They didn’t start crediting him as “The Doctor” until Peter Davison.

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