Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season none Episode Only: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season none Episode Only: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Sum­mary: Can the Doc­tor even with the help of the Ghost foil this years Christ­mas invasion?

Plot: 25 years ago the Doc­tor acci­den­tally gives a young kid super­pow­ers. decades later while inves­ti­gat­ing Har­mony Sholes a mys­te­ri­ous hero known as the Ghost saves him Nar­dole and a reporter Lucy Fletcher saves them. Will the doc­tor be able to not only unravel the mys­tery of the stealth inva­sion by Har­mony Sholes and solve the per­sonal prob­lems of the now grown up Grant behind the cape?
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Writ­ing: Mof­fat writes a spec­tac­u­lar semi sequel to the Hus­bands of River song bring back Nar­dole and throw­ing in ele­ments of super hero movies in the past. He is best when he embraces the fun side of Doc­tor who and with this one he is really at his best. The inclu­sion of Nar­dole as a com­pan­ion, one who after River Song finds the Doc­tor almost anti-​climatic is a stroke of genius. The story is less about the inva­sion than about the rela­tion­ships and that’s good but the fact that it watches like an old Dou­glas Adams episode is even better..

Act­ing: Matt Lucas’ Nar­dole is an excel­lent com­pan­ion for the Doc­tor adding com­edy & the advan­tages of some­one not over­awed by it all. (His dis­ease gives him an alien vibe which also works to his advan­tage) Both Justin Chap­win as the Ghost and Char­ity Wake­field as Lucy do well. The vil­lains played Adetomiwa Edun & Alek­san­dar Jovanovic are ade­quate but it’s Chapwin’s mix of Michael Keaton and Chris Reeve that does the trick. Also a shout out to young Logan Hoff­man and Daniel Lorente as kid and teen Grant

Mem­o­rable Moments: But Lois Lane doesn’t , Sign of a pro, Naked Hell, I’m live, I ruled I love but­tons ‚ Ruled firmly but wisely, How come our side never gets plans like that?

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: The 24 years , NYC time issues his fault, the open head villains

Odd­i­ties: I under­stand how River Song knew how to fly the Tardis but how did Nar­dole know it? Fur­ther­more if those heads open up does that mean those brains open up too since that’s the spot where they reside? If there was a ques­tion of the Ghost being real why is he on TV push­ing smoke detec­tors? Since the bad guys kept the brains of those they took over it’s log­i­cal that they can be re trans­planted. Why is the Doc­tor not doing this?

Pet Peeves: If only Davros knew that all he needed to get the Doc­tor to talk was an annoy­ing squeak toy
Given the angle of his fall how did the Doc­tor catch the ledge?


Great Quote(s)

Young Grant: What are you doing?
The Doc­tor: [swing back and forth upside down in front of his 60th floor win­dow] I was set­ting a trap.
Young Grant: A trap?
The Doc­tor: On your roof.
Young Grant: What hap­pened?
The Doc­tor: I tried it out.
Young Grant: How?
The Doc­tor: Acci­den­tally.


The Doc­tor: Why did they call him Spider-​Man? Don’t they like him?
Young Grant: He was bit­ten by a radioac­tive spi­der, and guess what hap­pened?
The Doc­tor: Radi­a­tion poi­son­ing, I should think.
Young Grant: No, he got spe­cial pow­ers.
The Doc­tor: What, vom­it­ing, hair loss and death? Fat lot of use


The Doc­tor: [To Lucy who is eaves­drop­ping on the bad guys inside the Har­mony Sholes build­ing who just noticed him behind her] It’s okay. I’m an intruder too. Yeah, I brought snacks. Mark of a pro. Keep lis­ten­ing.


The Doc­tor: (hand­ing Jen­nifer over) You’re her nanny?
Grant: Yeah, her nanny. You got a prob­lem with that?
The Doc­tor: No, no, it’s just, well, okay, so you are a super­hero and a nanny?
Grant: Well, you’ve got to make a buck some­how. I mean, you don’t get paid for sav­ing peo­ple.
Nar­dole: Oh, you don’t have to tell us. Here you go, nice and warm. And tasty: Ooo, ele­phant.
Grant: It’s fine. It’s a long-​range baby-​monitor. I can get back to this apart­ment quicker than most peo­ple can get to their kids’ bed­rooms.
The Doc­tor: Grant, Grant, this is insane. Look, I’m me, the Doc­tor, and even I think this is insane.


The Doc­tor: You’re not look­ing at any­one. Are you shy now? Is that floor really inter­est­ing?
Teen Grant: I’m not shy. I just can’t stop it.
The Doc­tor: Can’t stop what?
Teen Grant: The X-​Ray Vision
The Doc­tor: Oh.
Teen Grant: I’m in hell. Naked hell. I just can’t look at peo­ple.
The Doc­tor: It’s the gem­stone, respond­ing to…puberty.


Nar­dole: Oh, Tokyo branch.
The Doc­tor: Yep.
Nar­dole: A bit empty, isn’t it?
The Doc­tor: Yes, I cre­ated a dis­trac­tion. I flooded down­stairs with Pokémon.


Nar­dole: What’s plan B?
The Doc­tor: I have no idea, but it’s going to be a very big relief when I think of it.
Nar­dole: You are com­pletely out of your mind!
The Doc­tor: How is that news to any­one?
Nar­dole: I know you miss her, but couldn’t you just write a poem?


Nar­dole: Her name was River Song. They were together for a while and they were very happy. And then she died, a long time ago, in a library.
Grant: Are you sure he’s going to be all right?
Nar­dole: Hmm. He’s the Doc­tor. He’s very brave and he’s very silly and I think, for a time, he’s going to be very sad. But I promise, in the end, he’ll be all right. I’ll make sure of it. Bye!


Final Ver­dict: 5 stars My type of story. Could have fit right into the Tom Baker era

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 1st of 1

Being the only episode of the year make it easy but if it had been in last sea­son I would have ranked it 2nd or 3rd at the absolute worst.

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: 4th Some might object to me rank­ing it so high but it has every­thing pos­si­ble to appeal to me, A Tom Baker type script, com­edy, no gra­tu­itous killing of char­ac­ters that we like, a clear hero and vil­lain and a comic book motif. In short this is Doc­tor Who not only as it once was but as it should be. This is a children’s show that adults can enjoy instead of a chil­dren show push­ing adult themes, more please.

1st The Hus­bands of River Song
2nd. Last Christ­mas
3rd. The Care­taker
4th. The Return of Doc­tor Mys­te­rio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Famil­iar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek

Summary:  Can the Doctor even with the help of the Ghost foil this years Christmas invasion?

Plot: 25 years ago the Doctor accidentally gives a young kid superpowers. decades later while investigating Harmony Sholes a mysterious hero known as the Ghost saves him Nardole and a reporter Lucy Fletcher saves them.  Will the doctor be able to not only unravel the mystery of the stealth invasion by Harmony Sholes and solve the personal problems of the now grown up Grant behind the cape?
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Writing: Moffat writes a spectacular semi sequel to the Husbands of River song bring back Nardole and throwing in elements of super hero movies in the past.  He is best when he embraces the fun side of Doctor who and with this one he is really at his best.  The inclusion of Nardole as a companion, one who after River Song finds the Doctor almost anti-climatic is a stroke of genius.  The story is less about the invasion than about the relationships and that’s good but the fact that it watches like an old Douglas Adams episode is even better..

Acting: Matt Lucas’ Nardole is an excellent companion for the Doctor adding comedy & the advantages of someone not overawed by it all.  (His disease gives him an alien vibe which also works to his advantage)  Both Justin Chapwin as the Ghost and Charity Wakefield as Lucy do well.  The villains played Adetomiwa Edun & Aleksandar Jovanovic are adequate but it’s Chapwin’s mix of Michael Keaton and Chris Reeve that does the trick.  Also a shout out to young Logan Hoffman and Daniel Lorente as kid and teen Grant

Memorable Moments:  But Lois Lane doesn’t , Sign of a pro, Naked Hell, I’m live, I ruled I love buttons , Ruled firmly but wisely, How come our side never gets plans like that?

Doctor Who Flashbacks: The 24 years , NYC time issues his fault, the open head villains

Oddities:  I understand how River Song knew how to fly the Tardis but how did Nardole know it?  Furthermore if those heads open up does that mean those brains open up too since that’s the spot where they reside?  If there was a question of the Ghost being real why is he on TV pushing smoke detectors?  Since the bad guys kept the brains of those they took over it’s logical that they can be re transplanted.  Why is the Doctor not doing this?

Pet Peeves:  If only Davros knew that all he needed to get the Doctor to talk was an annoying squeak toy
Given the angle of his fall how did the Doctor catch the ledge?


Great Quote(s)

Young Grant: What are you doing?
The Doctor:  [swing back and forth upside down in front of his 60th floor window] I was setting a trap.
Young Grant: A trap?
The Doctor: On your roof.
Young Grant: What happened?
The Doctor: I tried it out.
Young Grant:  How?
The Doctor: Accidentally.


The Doctor: Why did they call him Spider-Man? Don’t they like him?
Young Grant: He was bitten by a radioactive spider, and guess what happened?
The Doctor: Radiation poisoning, I should think.
Young Grant: No, he got special powers.
The Doctor: What, vomiting, hair loss and death? Fat lot of use


The Doctor: [To Lucy who is eavesdropping on the bad guys inside the Harmony Sholes building who just noticed him behind her] It’s okay. I’m an intruder too. Yeah, I brought snacks. Mark of a pro. Keep listening.


The Doctor: (handing Jennifer over) You’re her nanny?
Grant: Yeah, her nanny. You got a problem with that?
The Doctor: No, no, it’s just, well, okay, so you are a superhero and a nanny?
Grant: Well, you’ve got to make a buck somehow. I mean, you don’t get paid for saving people.
Nardole: Oh, you don’t have to tell us. Here you go, nice and warm. And tasty: Ooo, elephant.
Grant: It’s fine. It’s a long-range baby-monitor. I can get back to this apartment quicker than most people can get to their kids’ bedrooms.
The Doctor: Grant, Grant, this is insane. Look, I’m me, the Doctor, and even I think this is insane.


The Doctor: You’re not looking at anyone. Are you shy now? Is that floor really interesting?
Teen Grant: I’m not shy. I just can’t stop it.
The Doctor: Can’t stop what?
Teen Grant: The X-Ray Vision
The Doctor: Oh.
Teen Grant:  I’m in hell. Naked hell. I just can’t look at people.
The Doctor: It’s the gemstone, responding to…puberty.


Nardole: Oh, Tokyo branch.
The Doctor: Yep.
Nardole:  A bit empty, isn’t it?
The Doctor: Yes, I created a distraction. I flooded downstairs with Pokémon.


Nardole: What’s plan B?
The Doctor: I have no idea, but it’s going to be a very big relief when I think of it.
Nardole: You are completely out of your mind!
The Doctor: How is that news to anyone?
Nardole: I know you miss her, but couldn’t you just write a poem?


Nardole: Her name was River Song. They were together for a while and they were very happy. And then she died, a long time ago, in a library.
Grant: Are you sure he’s going to be all right?
Nardole: Hmm. He’s the Doctor. He’s very brave and he’s very silly and I think, for a time, he’s going to be very sad. But I promise, in the end, he’ll be all right. I’ll make sure of it. Bye!


Final Verdict: 5 stars My type of story.  Could have fit right into the Tom Baker era

Ranking of Season: 1st of 1

Being the only episode of the year make it easy but if it had been in last season I would have ranked it 2nd or 3rd at the absolute worst.

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 4th Some might object to me ranking it so high but it has everything possible to appeal to me, A Tom Baker type script, comedy, no gratuitous killing of characters that we like, a clear hero and villain and a comic book motif.   In short this is Doctor Who not only as it once was but as it should be. This is a children’s show that adults can enjoy instead of a children show pushing adult themes, more please.

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
4th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Familiar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Orient Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek