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World Enough and Time & The Doctor Falls

The season finale gave us Mondasian Cybermen, two Masters side by side, and the Twelfth Doctor’s (almost) last stand. But did it deliver on all the hype?

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It’s not quite the end, but the moment has been prepared for.

World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls – the finale before the finale – is incandescent. It’s a Doctor and a whole philosophy of Doctor Who preparing to go supernova. Even though Steven Moffat insists he’s not letting his own impending departure influence the story, his script does seem informed by it. It gives the impression of liberation, and one can imagine he set to work thinking, ‘Okay, now I’m going to do this.’ That’s because it has unprecedented fun with the programme’s fundamentals (“My name is Doctor Who!”) while also making huge authorial statements about it (Missy, on standing with the Doctor: “That’s where we’ve always been going”). It’s maybe everything Doctor Who has ever been under Moffat – and everything it’s ever meant to him.

This old lag, still here, still making notations for DWM, found it the most moving adventure in… I dunno, I think I’m going to say forever. But not as a maudlin experience, it’s spirited. You might want to use the phrase ‘fan service’ – although I’ll look at you like that if you do – but it did indeed serve me. By looping in elements from Doctor Who’s early years and then drawing them through with a revivified Master, scored by the series’ latter-day emotional intelligence, it connected to every era of my relationship with the show. From the child, to the teen, to the me today, I could feel all of them responding. My own incarnations coming together like a The Day of the Doctor procession.

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Contents include: • An in-depth interview with STEVEN MOFFAT, head writer and executive, who reflects on his years working on the series • STEVEN MOFFAT writes his last-ever PRODUCTION NOTES • A look back at 20 amazing things about the STEVEN MOFFAT era of DOCTOR WHO, plus tributes from RUSSELL T DAVIES, CHRIS CHIBNALL, MARK GATISS and many more • Part 2 of the DWM interview with DOCTOR WHO writer, actor and fan, MARK GATISS • A brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Part 1 of the latest comic strip story, THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR by Scott Gray, with art by Staz Johnson • Reviews of the 2017 series finale WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME and THE DOCTOR FALLS • THE FACT OF FICTION looks at the Eleventh Doctor’s debut episode, 2010’s THE ELEVENTH HOUR • The latest DVDs and audios are reviewed • Previews of forthcoming releases • Prize-winning competitions, the 2017 SEASON SURVEY official news, the WOTCHA! column
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