Peter Capaldi’s first season concludes with Yet Another Invasion of Earth™

Cast and Crew Information

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor
Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswald
Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink
Michelle Gomez as Missy
Chris Addison as Seb
Ingrid Oliver as Osgood
Jemma Redgrave as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
Sanjeev Bhaskar as Colonel Ahmed
Antonion Bouroupael as Boy
Shane Keogh-Grenade as Teenage Boy
Katie Bignell as Teenage Girl
James Pearse as Graham
Jeremiah Krage as Cyberman
Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Cybermen

Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Produced by Peter Bennet

Premise

The Master is back, and not only has she very firmly reminded us of the canonicity of cross-gender regeneration, she’s also covered the Earth with Cybermen.

High Point

  • This is cheating, but I want to give a high point to some marvellous misdirection in the trailers
  • No companion has ever bluffed like Clara before
  • The Doctor once danced with Sylvia Anderson!
  • Missy’s Mary Poppins entrance

Low Point

  • The big speech. You’ll know the one. A shame.

The Review

Originality: well there are only so many ways to kill everyone on Earth, aren’t there. The reasoning behind it is new, though. Five out of six.

The effects were disappointing after last week, although this might be a symptom of budget strain because there sure are a lot of them. I’m not at all convinced big jets should fly in that direction though. Four out of six.

The story writhes all over the place in a manner I found personally very satisfying, and keeps up a steady flow of surprises, revelations and other events throughout with only the occasional weak moment. Five out of six.

The acting was a group of talented actors getting to round off a season that’s been heavy with setups, foreshadowing and mystery. They’re also clearly having a wonderful time doing it, and the result is a set of wonderful performances particularly from the leads. Six out of six.

The production is solid, although it didn’t impress me as much as last week’s. Not that I can find a particular fault, but it didn’t hang together in quite the same way. Five out of six.

The emotional response… well, there is a scene in a graveyard which is actually scary. This is what Doctor Who is meant to be like, coupled with excitement, relief and the occasional bit of heartbreak. Six out of six.

Overall, this episode isn’t quite as good as its first part, but is basically still excellent and a great way to round off Capaldi’s first year in the role. Six out of six.

In total, Death in Heaven receives thirty-seven out of forty-two.