Writer: Steven Moffatt
Director: Rachel Talalay
Producer: Peter Bennett
Companions: First Doctor (David Bradley), Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), Archibald Lethbridge-Stewart (Mark Gatiss)
Summary: Refusing to regenerate, the Doctor meets a soldier from the First World War and his original self. They meet a mysterious being made completely out of glass that calls itself Testimony, who wishes to exchange an old friend for the soldier–Bill Potts.
Review: Well, it finally happened. After all that build-up, we’ve finally reached Capaldi’s finale.
David Bradley’s performance was excellent. The only thing I didn’t like was the running gag of his sexism. I never really considered Hartnell’s Doctor sexist, so it seemed unnecessary.
Capaldi was excellent. This was some of his best acting he’s done as the Doctor. I especially like his final speech, which almost seemed like some advice he was giving to the next version of the Doctor.
There were some great surprises. Mark Gatiss’s character actually turning out to be the Brigadier’s father was a great idea, and a great way for Gatiss to make his exit. The fact that the Glass People (or Testimony, whichever one you want to use) weren’t actually evil was a nice twist. “I don’t know what to do when there’s no evil plan”
I loved the cameos of Clara, Rusty, and Nardole. I realize I’m apparently in the minority, but I liked Clara and I thought it was fitting for her to return this way rather than the way she did in “Hell Bent”. For those who hate her, this isn’t just a finale; it’s also a tribute to Capaldi’s era as a whole. Like her or not, she was still an important part of the era.
As for the regeneration, it surprised me. I actually thought that they would point out Whittaker’s gender, but instead, we get her change and more like awe than anything else. I still can’t say whether Whittaker will be good for the role. She hasn’t even started yet! I will give her the same chance I’ve given everyone else, even though I have my reservations. This is a new step, and I at least want to see how it plays out.
Overall Review: 8/10
Continuity: The Twelfth Doctor is upset with Bill Potts’s return because she died in the previous episode. He thinks everyone is important, a sentiment shared by both the Eleventh and the Ninth (“A Christmas Carol”, “Father’s Day”). Bill mentions Heather, who whisked her away in the previous episode. He shows his first self his guitar. We see footage from the final moments of “The Tenth Planet”, the First Doctor’s last adventure, including his regeneration. Rusty was introduced in “Into the Dalek”, and has apparently been killing his own kind.