So, what happened was that Series 10 so far has been really solid mystery storytelling, and I’ve been enjoying it a lot. And then, apparently, Steven Moffat had an idea for a blockbuster.
Doctor Who Series 10 is shaping up to be a true mystery series — rather than the only challenge being to outsmart an obvious villain, a lot of work is being done by Bill and the Doctor to figure out what they’re even fighting and/or running away from. In these two episodes from early May, that set of challenges comes in the shape of a haunted house and murderous capitalist spacesuits, respectively.
In another exceedingly solid mystery episode, the Doctor and Bill save the London Frost Fair of 1814 from turning into a watery grave.
In this episode, the Doctor breaks his vow: he goes off-world, taking Bill into the future — into a brave new world in which everyone must be happy. Or else.
So here we are, back for some proper Sci-Fi after a long, long time of living the slow path. I was skeptical after Series 9, but: I really liked it? I think it’s gonna be a good final series for Peter Capaldi? And Bill — oh, Bill. She’s the best.
Oh, I have missed this. So, so much. I found some of Moffat’s Christmas Specials a little bumpy, but I really had fun watching this. The story was well-paced enough, the nefarious plan was engaging rather than entirely foreseeable, and the script combined fun and suspense as well as a few wistful moments following on the heels of the previous episode, The Husbands of River Song.
With Series 10 coming up in 2017, and the Christmas Special 2016 before that, we’re actually back to regular scheduled Who programming (after big international sports events like the Euro ’16 and the Rio Olympics so cruelly robbed us of our aliens of the week and p(l)othole-y plots)!!!