So Nick and I went on vacation with our families. We did not post anything during that time, so I'm going to catch up with a bunch of posts today. First is Lee's Final Doctor Who post. Sorry, Lee. - Adam
By Lee Travis
The Doctor Falls
Change is hard. Moving away from the status quo is a difficult process. In the Series 10 finale of Doctor Who, “The Doctor Falls,” the series stables all face life altering changes. For better and for worse. And as the Doctor moves into the next phase of his life, we examine what it means to be a human once more with the impending doom of the Cybermen.
No one is left unfazed from the Cybermen’s unrelenting assault on humanity this week. The literal home front is under constant bombardment. The Doctor and his very motley crew of survivors, which also includes some adversaries, face the zombie robot hoard. The most obvious change, Bill’s transformation into a Cyberman, haunts the Doctor. Bill’s realization is heartbreaking. Though she still retains her humanity, her new forced life change is difficult, to say the least. Though by the episode’s end, Bill is returned to her human form by Heather, from the first episode of Series 10 “The Pilot”. Bill leaves the Doctor behind and looks forward to her new adventures in the vast unknown.
Nardole’s role changes dramatically while protecting the home front. Acting as the general in humanity’s war against the Cybermen, he wears the title well. Though not a human himself, he sees the importance of protecting those who need it the most. By episode’s end, he progresses up several levels of the ship with the human refugees, continuing to help and guide the future of humanity.
Missy and the Master suffer a grim poetic fate. As Missy wavers between the Doctor and her former self, she ultimately chooses to stand by the Doctor. Literally stabbing her former self, she bids adieu to the Master. By triggering his regeneration into Missy, she moves the cycle forward. Before the Master leaves, he zaps Missy with a full blast, negating her regeneration. Missy is dead, and the Master is off to become Missy. Their cycle is complete.
Finally, there is the Doctor. Feeling responsible for so much of what has happened up until this point, he’s trying to make up for his faults. By staying behind and sacrificing himself to stop the Cybermen assault, he believes his journey is over. But when Bill can bring him back to life, triggering the Doctor’s regeneration, he doesn’t want to leave. The Doctor doesn’t want to become someone else. Ever again. He doesn’t want to move on. With all of his companions and villains moving on, changing who they are, the Doctor cannot move forward. He is the lone survivor on the island. Even the TARDIS knows the Doctor needs to change, bringing the 12th Doctor to his first self. The Doctor.
With “The Doctor Falls” changing up the dynamics of Doctor Who for the future of the show, the only remaining factor who will be the 13th Doctor. Change is coming to Doctor Who. The finale shows that the future of Doctor Who is up in the air. Any and everything could happen. Change is here, for better or worse. This last mystery will be solved during this year’s Christmas special.
Tell me, what did you think of the final proper episode of Doctor Who Series 10? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @lostthenumbers.