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:
- 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.
- 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!
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.