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The Doctor has fallen
The final episode of series 10 aired on BBC One this past Saturday, The doctor falls. You can see all of the episodes of the current series below, with the complete box set now available
The pyramid at the end of the world
The Lie of the Land
The Empress of Mars
The Eaters of Light
World Enough and Time
The Doctor Falls
You can see some videos for the doctor falls below. These are some behind the scenes videos for the episode:
Matt Lucas discusses why he will miss almost everyone.
Michelle Gomez reflects on her time playing Missy
The crew discuss the cyberman stunts in the doctor falls
Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi discuss the doctor refusing to regenerate
Michelle Gomez and John Simm talk about their dance on the rooftop!
Below you can see some critics reviews of the episode:
A heartbreaking spectacular is how Digital Spy regarded the episode, singling out Peter Capaldi for praise "His "Where I stand is where I fall" speech is quite possibly the actor's finest moment on the series to date. With the Doctor, almost in tears, arguing why he always has to stand to fight, it just about pips even the famous anti-war rant from 'The Zygon Inversion'."
The Mirror felt the episode was an immensely satisfying conclusion with great storytelling and epic performances. "With all the teasers, build up and trailers it would have been so easy for The Doctor Falls to be a failure of a finale - but it really wasn’t. It was an immensely satisfying, packed, heart string tugging conclusion that comes together brilliantly for two simple reasons: clever storytelling and tremendous acting."
Radio Times also singled out the performances as one of the strong points about the episode. "Capaldi, Simm and Gomez are of course divine together. Peter Capaldi is magnificent as ever. This is truly his episode. His Doctor may fall but he stands tall among stiff competition. John Simm’s Master is an implacable bastard to the end but not the loon of seven years ago. Michelle Gomez is simply superb at the duplicity and the soul-searching and laughing at her own tragedy. Their dancing, flirting and backstabbing is to die for."
The the meeting of the two Masters and the Doctor is highlighted by The Guardian "I was overjoyed, on watching the confrontation between the three Timelords, that there was no soundtrack aside from the dialogue and some gentle birdsong. It was an example of less-is-more that I don’t think I’ve seen equalled in Doctor Who. As for that showdown, how else was it going to end? Two Masters stabbing themselves in the back (and front) was the perfect solution to evil coming up against itself"
The Telegraph also enjoyed the role of the two masters in the story "Together, Simm and the magnificent Michelle Gomez as Missy (who is a later version of the same rogue Time Lord) made a fantastic duo as they quibbled over whether to stand with the Doctor or continue their villainous ways"
IGN also enjoyed the dynamic between the two masters. "The way they’re sort of somewhere between brother-sister and boyfriend-girlfriend is suitably gross, and the Master’s presence and how it serves to draw Missy back to her old ways makes so much internal sense that Moffat doesn’t really even need to write it on the page"
Den of Geek paid tribute to Peter Capaldi's performance. "The majestic, wonderful, brilliant Peter Capaldi. If you needed a reminder of just how much he’s going to be missed when he finally departs Doctor Who at the end of the year, his outstanding work here was precisely that. When he was blasted, apparently mortally, and he kept holding off his regeneration , I found myself saying out loud “I don’t want you to go”."
AV Club called it s pitch perfect finale. "This is a Doctor who knows exactly who he is, played by an actor who knows exactly how he wants to play the part, facts that are ultimately absorbed into the narrative with the Doctor’s refusal to regenerate and turn into some new person. "
Vulture also paid tribute to the lead actor. "And then there’s Peter Capaldi. That speech! That grand speech he gives to the two Masters! If that doesn’t deserve to go viral, then I don’t know what does. That’s the speech we need for today, delivered with passion and vulnerability in the same episode that dares to name Donald Trump an inevitability. "
Slightly bucking the trend Ars Technica enjoyed the episode but felt it was a little cramped. "Plenty of action was squeezed into this hour of solid telly. But Moffat's decision to pack it so tightly, not only with the battle between Missy and the Master, but also with the onslaught of the Mondasian Cybermen, a heartbroken CyberBill (or RoboMop), and a small cast of country bumpkins living on a spaceship meant that the whole thing felt a little suffocating at times."
Finally Flickering Myth thought it was a fitting end to the series. "Everything about this final episode sums up everything that has been perfect about Series 10. Our main cast of Capaldi, Lucas and Mackie have been a fantastic trio within the four outer walls of the TARDIS. They’ve gelled exceptional well. Peter Capaldi is a magnificent Doctor, a person who captures the wisdom, madness, caring and frustration of a two-thousand year old Time Lord. Matt Lucas’ wit is spot on for the TARDIS, but when needed a look can make you wonder. And along with this we had the brilliant Pearl Mackie who is a blast of pure energy in the Companion line-up, with emotion, humour and humanity. All three have made Series 10 something wonderful to watch."
Source/Doctor Who News
On the ratings side of things for the doctor falls, doctor who news describe their report as:
Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls was watched by 3.75 million viewers, a share of 25.3% of the total TV audicence, according to unofficial overnight figures.
Good weather across large parts of the UK resulted in another Saturday of low ratings with Casualtytopping the chart with 4.05 million watching. Pointless Celebrities, shown just before Doctor Who, had 3.26 million viewers, while Pitch Battle, Shown after The Doctor Falls, had just 1.85 million.
On ITV the highest rated programme was The Voice Kids with 3.90 million watching. Against Doctor Who, Catchphrase had 3.36 million, while the film Quantum of Solace had 2.25 million watching.
NB: Viewers to BBC One HD in Scotland have reported having sound problems with the final five minutes of Doctor Who. The episode is complete on iPlayer.
Final figures will be available in 8 days time, with Doctor Who likely to top the chart for the day.
The AI recieved for the episode was 83, the average score achieved by about half of the episodes this year.
David Bradley returns as the 1st doctor this Christmas
The closing moments of this evening’s Doctor Who series ten finale revealed that this year’s Christmas special will be a multi-Doctor adventure featuring the current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the First Doctor (David Bradley).
The cliff-hanger ending saw the Doctor fatally injured and beginning to regenerate. Stepping out of the TARDIS into an arctic landscape, he fought off the glowing regeneration energy and fell to his knees, vowing that this time he would not live on and change into a new Doctor. This was declared “ridiculous” by an approaching figure, who mocked the Doctor as he stepped forward through the snow to reveal himself as the very first incarnation of the Time Lord (“The original, you might say”) just before the credits rolled. The story will continue at Christmas.
This will be the first time that the First Doctor has played an active onscreen role in Doctor Who since 1983’s The Five Doctors, when the character returned to the series following his regeneration almost 20 years prior. Doctor Who’s most recent multi-Doctor episode aired in 2013, when The Day of the Doctor marked the series’ 50th anniversary.
Further casting and details for the Doctor Who Christmas special will be revealed in due course. As previously announced, the special will serve as Peter Capaldi’s farewell to the series, and will feature the debut of the next Doctor.
SDCC panel details released
Full details have been announced for Doctor Who at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday 23 July.
As well as a panel with cast and crew, an “exclusive sneak peek” of the Christmas special will be shown.
For those of us unable to attend, let’s hope it also appears online!
Doctor Who – BBC AMERICA Official Panel
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Room: Hall H
BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con for the final Hall H panel with star Peter Capaldi. Fans will have an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special – the final special starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and written by Emmy®-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Join Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), writer and actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock) for a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick that will celebrate Christmas in July and share one last look back with fans at their time with the iconic global hit series.
Source/Doctor Who TV
Phoebe Waller Bridge denies next doctor rumours
BBC Newsnight featured a segment last night that possibly hinted at Phoebe Waller-Bridge taking the role of the next Doctor.
This isn’t the first time the Fleabag star’s name has surfaced of course, having remained at in the bookies’ favourites lists for months (alongside Kris Marshall).
Phoebe Waller-Bridge also previously worked with incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall on Series 2 of Broadchurch.
At the time, instead of outright denying the rumours, Phoebe coyly responded: “I am not allowed to say anything about that, one way or the other.”
Before adding: “Erm… It would be cool. But… I’m doing other stuff.”
In response to the rumour again resurfacing, Phoebe’s theatre company Dry Write attempted to put an end to talks on Twitter today, tweeting: “We can confirm that Phoebe is not the next Doctor Who. Pls save the betting people their money!”
Could Clara Oswald return this Christmas too?
When the Steven Moffat era comes to an end after seven years with the Christmas special, the Time Lord will bid a final goodbye to Clara Oswald as well as Bill Potts.
Our source reveals: “Jenna Coleman has agreed to film something new as Clara. It’s become a tradition now for the companions to reappear as the Doctor regenerates and Jenna isn’t letting the side down.
“It’ll help to give Peter the send-off he deserves after three years.”
Her mini-comeback comes after Billie Piper returned as Rose Tyler to say goodbye to David Tennant in 2009 and Karen Gillan came back as Amy Pond to say ta-ra to Matt Smith in 2013.
Pearl Mackie ’s reign as Bill Potts appeared to end on Saturday, as she chose to explore the universe with her watery love from the first episode , starry-eyed Heather, having spent most of the episode trapped in the body of a Cyberman.
Bill is expected to appear “in some form” during the Christmas special along with Matt Lucas as Nardole but neither will return for the next series under new showrunner Chris Chibnall.
The source says: “Bill and Nardole are due to get brief appearances but they could be clips or flashbacks from earlier episodes.
“Fans should accept this weekend’s finale was their big swansong.”
Doctor Who Annual 2018
Penguin Random House UK have released the cover for this year's Doctor Who Annual, due out on 21st September.
The series will be finishing tomorrow, but with the annual featuring brand-new adventures on board the TARDIS with the Doctor, Bill and Nardole, there’s no need to wait until Christmas to get your next dose of our favourite show! The annual is packed with secrets from the latest series, fact files on the latest terrifying monsters, exciting comic strips, stories and activities.
The Annual is available for pre-order via our Amazon Shop.
Source/Doctor Who News
Video of the week
John Simm returned as the master this week so it's time to look back at the master before he became Missy
The Fan show
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