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The Doctor Falls 

The Doctor makes a final stand against an army of Cybermen to protect a tiny band of humans from destruction.

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Rachel Talalay

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Steven Moffat, Kit Pedler (characters: "Cybermen") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Pearl Mackie ... Bill
Matt Lucas ... Nardole
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
John Simm ... The Master
Samantha Spiro ... Hazran
Briana Shann ... Alit
Rosie Boore ... Gazron
Simon Coombs Simon Coombs ... Rexhill
Stephanie Hyam ... Heather
Nicholas Briggs ... Cybermen (voice)
David Bradley ... The Doctor
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The Doctor must face Missy and the Master in an epic showdown between the three time lords and the cybermen. Meanwhile on a remote farm, the residents are preparing for war. As Operation Exodus begins, the Doctor must face his greatest challenge yet whilst fighting off his looming regeneration.

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1 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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BBC Studios Wales See more »
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Trivia

While talking to Bill in the barn, The Doctor offers a little girl Jelly Babies, which were a favorite of the fourth incarnation of The Doctor. See more »

Goofs

Missy would know that the Master is going to shoot her in the back the same way she knew to bring the new dematerialisation circuit. She should have taken action therefore to prevent it. While this could be a bluff on her part it would be very out of keeping with the Master/Missy's personality to miss out on a chance to gloat about outwitting someone. See more »

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The Master: Is the future going to be all girl?
Twelfth Doctor: Well can only hope.
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Features Doctor Who: Utopia (2007) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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An exceptional performance from everyone is once again let down by your traditional anti-climatic moffat finale
1 July 2017 | by jackkemp-30612See all my reviews

Steven Moffat is finally going after the Christmas special. Yes, like me, you have been through countless stories which fail to live up to the previous episodes incredibility. We saw it last year. Heaven sent was easily one of moffat's greatest works ever. Fast forward to the next week, you have the mess know as Hell Bent. We saw the same thing a year before that as well. Missy, having the cybermen under her control, in Dark Water. Fast forward to Death in Heaven, we see a shambolic anti-climax.

This episode was no different. We were literally promised carnage from the mondasian cybermen, and an incredible co-operation of the master and missy (which, quite frankly, looked to be that way for so long, until we realized that the master was insultingly wasted) In the end, we had Nardole mingling with little children. Is that was we, as fans, want to be watching on Saturday night television? I think not. Just like the previous finale with the cybermen, they literally stood there and did **** all. What a way to finally destroy the cybermens once incredible reputation for being kill- mongering machines (who would think it'd take just 11 years since doomsday). I also wished that Bill, as once of the first mondasian cybermen, would be used in an evil manner. Why is it that bill can break the connection, unlike other cybermen? Surely you'd get a greater effect from it if she would do something brutal.

Don't get me started on how similar Bill's departure was to Clara's, it gave me all the wrong forms of nostalgia. We get it, Bill is a lesbian, I also understand that we can raise equality through TV, but was the thing with Heather really such a biggie? We are seeing the Moffat effect here once again, he cannot kill off characters.

Lets not forget about the good things from this episode though. Despite it being anti-climatic, the story was nearly excellent and no other actors in certain roles could portray it better. John Simm, as much as he was underused, delivered a sense of nostalgia in his incarnation of the Master (The 3 parter from series 3 was one of my favorite story lines from the whole of TV). I would, however, would have liked to have seen the effects of the drum beat, it was almost as if Moffat forgot about it altogether (Moffat Effect). Missy's co- operation with her assumed previous incarnation was incredibly played out, and worked so well. The story however did ruin it at the end. Why did Missy stab the master? Why did the master say 'don't bother to regenerate' when it is so obviously going to have to happen for future stories?

The highlight of the episode, was, of course, the acting of Peter Capaldi, who has desperately carried what remains of the show. His clear love for the show is visual in his acting. The end, his expression of awe was priceless. His acting of previous incarnations last words was so brilliantly produced the nostalgia shivered me inside. His interaction with other characters is untouchable.

Overall, though I expect it to ruin a legacy, I am very much looking forward to the Christmas special. The constant urge for the doctor to regenerate is leaving me and many fans on the edge of our seats or when it actually happens, and I don't think anyone will be prepared for it when it does.


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