Sunday, 2 July 2017

Doctor Who 'The Doctor Falls' Review

Are you OK? Are you like me- a puddle of emotion and joy? I hope so. With the Master and Missy taunting the Doctor about their false victory, The Doctor does what he does best, he uses his wit, intelligence and kindness to do the best he can to save the children on floor 507 from becoming Cybermen. With Bill now a Cyberman and the Cybermen advancing, The Doctor's last days see him at his most heroic and noble.

The Doctor's heroic acts felt far more rich and powerful seeing as this was the 12th Doctor's last series finale.  Peter Capaldi's performance was stunningly poignant and immensely moving. You can see every regeneration, every death, every regret and mistake spread across those eyebrows.

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Similarly, Michelle Gomez and John Simm were devishly deviant and ruthlessly disturbing in how they transfered their cruelty through such malicious ways. The Master's evolution has sparkled with divine truthfulness in this series as Missy has connected with her empathic consciousness. 

John Simm has equally excelled at his version of the Master; there's a sense that his insanity has matured somewhat but that awareness has made him just as cruel in his nature. He's all the more horrifying. 

Their chemistry is tantalisingly mischievious and they revelled in their own falsity at their glorified belief that winning is the ultimate victory. The Doctor's speech about the hardships of his values and motivation for saving people was superbly executed by Peter Capaldi, and undeniably reinvigorated my love and passion for the Doctor Who consciousness. 

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Bill's predicament was beautifully visualised by Director Rachel Talalay; the switch between Human Bill and Cyber Bill was lavish and stylishly angled. Pearl Mackie's performance was dynamically emotional and fuelled with heart and fine artistry. 

The Cybermen's story has been one of the strongest this series, in particular, the Mondasian Cybermen's mythology and unnerving material aesthetic have added to the unique imagination the series pumps through its creative veins.

Heather's return was an unexpected but nice touch to the completion of Bill's story for this series. The symbolic science that her consciousness lives on regardless of her material body was a perfect tactic in aligning humanity's path to it's spiritual soul. 
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Writer Steven Moffat has produced a psychologically thrilling and powerful adventure that showcases everyone's artistic skill and ingenuity. The Mondasian Cybermen have certainly earned their right at one of the most captivating and horrifying versions of the Doctor's iconic enemies. 

The radiant imagery, passionate performances, gripping character arcs and blissfully golden musical score from Murray Gold makes The Doctor Falls one of the most emotionally twisting, decadently deadly and moving finale episodes the revived series has ever seen. 

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