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Time and Enough Worlds
The eleventh episode of series 10 aired on BBC One this past Saturday, World Enough and Time. You can see all of the episodes of the current series below, which will be updated as the series goes on.
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
You can see some videos for World Enough and Time below. These are some behind the scenes videos for the episode:
Peter, Steven, Pearl and Michelle reveal if Missy will ever become good
John Simm reveals what it's like to return as the Master
Pearl reveals why the patients aren't all that they seem
A BTS video which reveals how the Mondasian cybermen are made
Below you can see some critics reviews of the episode:
The Telegraph called it a dizzying ride. "Doctor Wow, more like. This two-part finale marks showrunner Steven Moffat’s last regular episodes and he’d saved the best until second last. It was darkly thrilling, mountingly tense, genuinely scary and brimming with smart ideas – but stayed just the right side of over-clever, as Moffat is often criticised for being."
The Mirror was impressed with the way the Cybermen were used. "The true grit of World Enough And Time is the rise of the Cybermen and their creepy conversion hospital. It's as close to horror-film than Who has gone to in a long time. Anyone who wondered if the 60's low tech Cybermen could scare modern audiences needn't have worried. Bill awakening on a hospital bed with chest full of retro cyber-tech, rows of half converted patients screaming in pain, the show's own take on Nurse Ratchett silencing the victims' volume dial - it's chilling"
Macabre and riveting is how Radio Times described the story, also focusing on the return of the original Cybermen. "What horror, what disfigurement lurks beneath the knotted bandages of these proto-Cybermen? It really is clever how Steven Moffat embraces the perceived weaknesses of the original 1966 cloth-and-plastic design – scorned and abandoned after their only screen outing in The Tenth Planet – and makes them sting."
Digital Spy felt the number of plot points revealed in advance diminished the impact of the story. "You don't have to be a Doctor Who super-fan, trawling every spoiler thread on every message board, to know that the Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm's Master are in this episode – even if you somehow missed the news, they both appeared in last week's Next Time trailer. The former reveal isn't such a problem. The episode plays the arrival of the Mondasians more as dramatic irony, an open secret it's teasing throughout. It's more a chilling inevitability than a jaw-dropping twist. But Simm's return? That was clearly intended to be a secret."
TV Fanatic agreed "Oh, to live in a day without spoilers. Most of the time, I don't mind them so much, to be honest. But no two ways about it: Doctor Who Season 10 Episode 12 would have been perfect without all the spoilers. Two of the big reveals at the end of the episode -- the returns of the classic Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm as the Master -- were both spoiled by the BBC's own promotional material! How frustrating."
Den of Geek, while also bemoaning the number of spoilers released for publicity reasons, felt the episode was impressive. "I thought World Enough And Time was at several times quite superb. Director Rachel Talalay and Steven Moffat are clearly a potent creative combination, and the middle of the episode in particular, as Bill creeps through a hospital evoking memories of The Empty Child and Asylum Of The Daleks was tonally outstanding."
Games Radar enjoyed the episode but felt the pacing in the middle act was too slow. "The sections with Bill in the hospital and the pre-Cybermen converts are utterly fantastic in terms of pure sci-fi, with the scares bordering on unwatchable for young children but it’s just too slow and filled with exposition."
IGN enjoyed the exploration of the characters of the time lords in the story "Much is also done to explain the bond between Missy and the Doctor. It does make sense that the enormous life experience of Time Lords would lead to a connection between them that other species could never fathom. But that relationship will be tested during the climax of the episode -- and in next week’s finale, no doubt"
AV Club felt the story was bursting with ideas. "None more fascinating than a massive colony ship caught in different time zones because of the gravitational distortion of a black hole. There’s the mad conceit of having Missy pretend to be the Doctor, with Michelle Gomez pulling off the seemingly impossible by making a whole string of “Doctor Who” gags not utterly cringeworthy. There’s the horrific plight of those stuck at the decaying bottom of the ship, which gets closer than any family-friendly Doctor Who story ever has in understanding the true body horror the Cybermen represent."
Ars Technica felt it was a return to form for the series. "We're back on firm ground with World Enough and Time. It's a very strong episode that manages to weave an agreeable timey-wimey spaceship yarn into the climax of this season's gently brewing Missy story, complete with Cybermen. The big reveal doesn’t disappoint, either"
Finally, Flicking Myth thought the episode was one of the best. "You know when you’re watching a fantastic episode of Doctor Who when the credits roll up at the end and you’re convinced that forty-five minutes can’t have passed that quickly. World Enough and Time plays with your emotions from start to finish, from the opening moments where your jaw falls and is left-hanging, and to Missy owning the show ,and again we’re back to silence as we’re left in a state of true shock."
Source/Doctor Who News
On the ratings side of things for World Enough and Time, Doctor Who News describe their report as:
Doctor Who: World Enough And Time had an audience of 3.37 million viewers, a share of 22% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnight figures.
The day as a whole suffered from very low ratings with the highest rated show, Casualty, only getting 4 million watching. Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.38 million while Pitch Battle had just below 2 million.
Over on ITV the highest rated show was the children's version of The Voice which had 3.80 million watching.
Meanwhile, the AI of the episode was 85, the highest of this season, up from the eaters of Light's score of 81.
The Doctor Falls trailers
Trailers and introductions for the series 10 finale, the doctor falls.
The Eaters of Light final viewing figures
Doctor Who - The Eaters of Light had an official rating of 4.73 million viewers.
The episode was the 26th most watched programme of the week, and the 11th highest rated programme on the BBC.
For the second week running, Doctor Who was the highest rated programme on Saturday, overtaking Casualty which was ahead in the initial overnight figures.
Top for the week was Coronation Street with 7.86 million watching. The BBC's highest rated programme was EastEnders with 6.6 million viewers
Source/Doctor Who News
DW Finale countdown QandA w/Steven and Pearl
DWM issue #514: Out now
Looking ahead to the series 10 finale, the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine contains interviews with both Masters.
John Simm tells the magazine about playing the Master with a beard:
Yeah, I just grew it, and turned up at the readthrough, and said, ‘You know, I fancy a bit of this.’ Everybody seemed fine with it. I just thought, ‘Give a little nod.’ It was a nod to the Delgado and Ainley Masters. There’s a line in the final episode where he mentions ‘old-school’, and I made sure to give the beard a little stroke – a small nod to the old Masters.
Michelle Gomez ponders on whether the Master could ever truly become good:
Even the worst psychopath can’t be entirely bad. It’s basic math. A positive cannot exist without a negative, and so there always has to be a thread of goodness in somebody. What makes you thoroughly evil, I believe, is when you recognise that thread of goodness – you’re aware of it, you’re conscious of it – and you still decide to be evil. Then, yes, you’ve earned the crown of… of evilness? Evil-ality. You wear your crown of evil-ality.
Also in this issue:
Doctor Who Magazine 514 is on sale from Thursday 29 June, price £5.99.
Source/Doctor Who News
Doctor Who shortlisted for TV Choice awards 2017
Doctor Who has made the voting shortlist for this year's TV Choice Awards.
The show features in the Best Family Drama category alongside fellow BBC One shows Call the Midwife and Casualty and ITV's The Durrells.
Former Doctor David Tennant is up for Best Actor for his role in Broadchurch, with the show itself up for Best Drama Series. Meanwhile, Matt Smith's The Crown takes on Jenna Coleman's Victoria for Best New Drama.
Doctor Who has a strong track record for reaching the TV Choice Awards shortlist but has sadly been less successful at picking up wins in recent years, most recently being awarded the Best Drama Series and Outstanding Contribution awards in its 50th anniversary year of 2013.
Voting for the shortlist is now open at the TV Choice Awards site, and will close on Friday 7th July.
The winners of this year's TV Choice Awards will be announced at a ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel on Monday 4th September 2017, hosted by Pointless co-presenter Richard Osman.
Source/The Galifrey times
Lethbridge Stewart: The Havoc Files 4
Candy Jar Books has announce its latest volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting short stories from early 2017 (in print for the first time) and brand new exclusive material.
This volume contains three short stories previously available in digital format and released early 2017, plus five brand new stories, including the final episode of the three-part novella, The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (episodes one and two of which were published in The HAVOC Files 2 and 3).
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
This is probably our most exciting volume yet, because it features five stories that are a direct result of our recent open submission period. We had such an amazing response and received so many varied ideas, most of which made it as far as the one-page outline stage. Many of those led to a commission, and HAVOC 4 presents the first five of those commissions, all by authors new to the range and, some, completely new to profesionally published fiction.
Among the authors new to range are Andrew Allen, who is a Brighton-based writer, actor, director and workshop leader, as well as the co-founder and Artistic Director of Cast Iron Theatre. This collection also introduces to the range, Wink Taylor, who was a writer/actor for both Sooty and Basil Brush, as well as creator of the popular childrens’ character Theo the Mouse. He is also well-known for his voice impersonations of various Doctor Who characters, notably the Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
The cover has been designed by Richard Young:
Shaun (Russell, Head of Publishing) had promised me The HAVOC Files cover since book two came out, so I was over the moon when he said that I was doing book four. I've always had the idea of using the Brig and a filing cabinet, but my initial ideas just weren’t working for me. I then came up with another idea, but it was felt that this new idea was too similar to another cover I had done. Shaun and I then bounced several other concepts back and forth, trying to make the ‘4’ the main element, and after some very minor adjustments just to tighten things up, we had something we both liked.
Like the previous volumes, The HAVOC Files 4 is only available direct from the Candy Jar Store, and is a strictly limited-print run.
HAVOC 1, 2 and 3 are also all available for digital download on Kindle.
Candy Jar is also pleased to announce that the upcoming Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book will contain an exclusive story written by Tim Gambrell: "Lethbridge-Stewart is called back to Bledoe to help an old friend he barely remembers, and memories of quiz night with the Bledoe Cadets soon surface..."
Source/Doctor Who News
Video of the week
A hilariously funny video of the week from Nardole himself, Matt Lucas, who guides us around a ship from the doctor falls.
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