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Two Masters One Cyberman Trouble in Doctor Who

first_img This article contains spoilers for “World Enough and Time,” Episode 11 of Doctor Who season 10.My biggest problem with Doctor Who (and much of television in general) is the never-ending parade of revelations.Each week, immediately after one episode ends, the next gets previewed. Showrunner Steven Moffat and stars Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie regularly tease upcoming plots. The BBC releases images of imminent characters long before they debut.“World Enough and Time”—part one of Moffat’s double-bill finale—could have been a tour de force in twisty thrills. Instead, I felt a certain apathy toward it, already anticipating the return of the Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm’s Master.As part of her Pygmalion-like training, Missy (under the pretense of “Doctor Who”) and her plucky assistants Bill (“Exposition”) and Nardole (“Comic Relief”) answer a distress call from a 400-mile-long colony ship.The new Team TARDIS? (via BBC)Between a black hole and a hard place, the vessel—singularly manned by Jorj (Oliver Lansley), a frightened and trigger-happy blue alien—moves at different speeds in different ends of the barge.So while a few minutes pass for the Doctor and his companions up on the control deck, Bill—recovering from a wee gunshot wound—is aging rapidly down on level 1056.Amidst news that Moffat, Capaldi, and Michelle Gomez will depart Doctor Who after this season ends, Mackie has remained coy about her character’s future. Will she continue traveling with a new Doctor? Or will she become an artificial killing machine stripped of all emotion?“Full conversion wasn’t necessary,” a mysterious surgeon tells Bill, dazed and confused after being “repaired.”“Though it will be in time,” he adds.“I waited for you” (via BBC)Those words should have sent chills down my spine with the realization that Miss Potts, in the early stages of cyber-transformation, will probably never serve another portion of chips to anyone. But they left me with a flat sense of drama.Still, in the hands of five-time Doctor Who director Rachel Talalay (also helmer of next week’s conclusion and the 2017 Christmas special), this episode shines. Thanks mostly to Mackie’s terrific turn as affable-but-cautious patient waiting for her savior—just as the Doctor told her to.Over the years she spends healing, she befriends offbeat orderly Mr. Razor, an Eastern-European-sounding man who feeds, entertains, teaches, and eventually betrays Bill, tricking her into the operating theatre—i.e. “Conversion Room.”Meanwhile, the Doctor, Missy, and Nardole arrive on level 1056 in search of their friend. Who, in a tragic ending full of would-be surprises, has been given the full upgrade to shiny new Cyberman.The Genesis of the Cybermen (via BBC)Now part of Operation Exodus, Cyber-Bill repeatedly reminds the Doctor that she waited—she waited for him to rescue her.But can he save his companion from an agonizing hell orchestrated by goateed frenemy Mr. Razor the Master (Simm, who last antagonized the Doctor seven years ago)? And will Missy land on the side of good or evil?Surprisingly, the “Next time” trailer discloses little in the way of details about the Twelfth Doctor’s fate.What I do know, with almost absolute certainty, is that the Time Lord’s regeneration, teased here in a swirl of snow, will not be complete until Dec. 25. (Just look at his hair: longer and more disheveled than it appears in “The Doctor Falls.”)Missed episode 10 of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “The Eaters of Light.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

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