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The end of Peter Capaldi‘s first season as The Doctor ends not with a bang but a whimper. In a storyline that puts the entire world at risk from a resurrected Master and an army of Cybermen rising from the dead writer Steven Moffat constantly cheats the audience with a story that never sums up the courage to sacrifice what’s required to make the finale work. The Doctor being made President of Earth against his will caps off a season of bizarre plot points that sound like fun ideas until you put them into practice. The reveal of Missy’s (Michelle Gomez) plan, which is a special kind of torture specifically designed for her lifetime frenemy, works well, but the show’s ending refuses to let there be any real cost to the entire affair undercutting the finale from the get-go.

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The first-half of Doctor Who‘s two-part season finale begins with the death of a major character and ends with the return of a familiar foe (although not the one I was hoping for). Despite the mysterious set-up of 3W, a company providing afterlife for the recently deceased, “Dark Water” doesn’t work as well for me as it should since it relies so heavily on a relationship the season has never quite sold me on especially given the amount of foreshadowing about how important Danny Pink would be to Clara’s travels with The Doctor coming to an end.

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Magic trees. In the latest episode of Doctor Who a new forest has sprung up across the world much to the surprise and consternation of the local populace. Arriving in London, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) begins to investigate the phenomena which one of Clara‘s (Jenna Coleman) students brings to his attention. Initially ignoring the girl’s insight, the Time Lord discovers that Maebh (Abigail Eames) is unusually tuned to the odd happenstance and may be the key to understanding what is going on. The show has certainly gotten its money’s worth of introducing Clara first as a nanny and now as a schoolteacher allowing children to become involved in multiple episodes which it uses again as a strength with talented child acting.

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Doctor Who - Mummy on the Orient Express

Although it’s been mentioned on the show previously, this is the first time we’ve actually seen The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) take a companion to the space-traveling Orient Express carefully recreated to resemble the Earth locomotive of the same name (although no one stops to explain why that is). On what we’re told will be Clara’s final journey with The Doctor, the pair walk into an unusual situation where members of the train begins dying, being slowly murdered by a mummy who only they can see in the 66 seconds leading up to their deaths.

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From the looks of things Clara‘s (Jenna Coleman) days as The Doctor‘s (Peter Capaldi) companion are coming to an end. Although I think it’s more than a little cheap to fracture the relationship in the very next episode after Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) warns Clara about The Doctor, the situation the Time Lord puts his companion in makes sense… at least from his point of view. Attempting to appease Clara, The Doctor takes his companion and Courtney (Ellis George) to the moon during a pivotal moment in human history to make young Courtney into the special young girl that Clara insists she is.

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Clara‘s (Jenna Coleman) worlds collide when The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) shows up as her school’s new caretaker forcing Clara to apologize and make excuses to and for both men in her life. While not dealing with the deadly killing machine known as a Skovox Blitzer, The Doctor spends most of the episode insulting Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) who he cannot see as anything more than a soldier (which Danny hasn’t been for some time) and P.E. teacher (something he’s never been).

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Doctor Who - Time Heist

With one of the best pre-credits openings of any Doctor Who episode in recent memory, “Time Heist” finds The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), and a pair of professional thieves (Jonathan Bailey, Pippa Bennett-Warner) all awaking after a short-term memory wipe before which they foursome agreed to rob the universe’s most impregnable bank. Using the mutant abilities of Saibra (Bennett-Warner) and the hacking skills of Psi (Bailey) the group makes it into the bank, but the further they go the more likely the group is to be caught by the bank’s security creature who is able to sense and punish guilt on any being it comes across.

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The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) enlists the help of Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) to test a theory that no one is ever alone. Given the nature of the universe, The Doctor believes that some unseen creature has perfected the ability to hide and observe unseen. It is this creature whom you are addressing to when you thing you are talking to yourself. Their journey is complicated when Clara throws the TARDIS off-course by reflecting on her bad first date with Danny (Samuel Anderson) leading her to meet the man as a scared young boy (Remi Gooding) decades before as well as Danny’s great-grandson, a time traveler lost at the end of the universe.

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Sorry Soren, but Chris Hardwick isn’t ready for Doctor Who to bow out anytime soon.

Chris Hardwick’s Doctor Who Room

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It’s Time to Retire ‘Doctor Who’

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