Peter Capaldi’s last full season wraps up here. We’ll see him again in the Christmas special before he passes the torch. I’d be shocked if he’s replaced by a white male.

Cast and Crew

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor
Pearl Mackie as Bill
Matt Lucas as Nardole
Michelle Gomez as Missy
John Simm as Mr. Razor
Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Cybermen
David Bradley as The Doctor

Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Rachel Talalay

Original Airdate

The Doctor Falls originally aired on July 1, 2017.

Synopsis

Bill is one of a legion of Cyberman, and there are two Masters opposing the Doctor.

High Point

Every one of the five core characters (Doctor, Bill, Nardole, both Masters) have multiple moments to shine. There’s a whole lot of plot going on, but the characters are all at the centre of everything.

Low Point

We establish that a sufficiently violent death prevents regeneration moments before a far more violent end for a character who starts to regenerate. Really?

The Review

This is an original Cyberman story, an original Master story, and yet still an echo of the major events of the past. It’s a fine line to walk, but having so many echoes of the past does cut into the originality a little bit, even if it does boost the emotional response at the same time. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were generally well done. Not perfect (where’s the debris from the barn wall?) but certainly very good for a BBC TV budget and a script of this scale. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story serves as a very nice button to end the stories for all of these characters but one, and we can clearly expect that to come at Christmas. It was all about the characters, but gave them their moments in plot-important ways, so the episode still feels like it’s moving forward. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting was excellent. Pearl Mackie has moments to really shine. If this is what she can do with a resume this short, I expect to see a LOT more of her in the coming years and decades. Every cast member is pitch perfect, in fact. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response is great, with a very engaging story being told today combined with great references to the past. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production has been consistently great this year. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s an episode so good that I don’t want to write about it in detail because I don’t want to spoil anything that we didn’t already know when the season began. It’s one of the strongest season enders we’ve had. I give it 6 out of 6.

In total, The Doctor Falls receives 40 out of 42.