Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Six: Extremis

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Six: Extremis

Sum­mary: You shall know the truth and it will set you free, from life.

Plot: The Still blind Doc­tor is vis­ited by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Vat­i­can (On the rec­om­men­da­tion of a Pope from 1000 years ago) con­cern­ing an urgent mat­ter.
A doc­u­ment in a lost lan­guage called the Ver­i­tas has once again been trans­lated and every per­son who reads it com­mits sui­cide. At the per­sonal request of the Pope the Doc­tor asked to come to the Vat­i­can archive of herit­i­cal books and read the Ver­i­tas, what does it say? Can the Doc­tor read it and live, and what does Missy’s Appar­ent exe­cu­tion on a dis­tant planet at the hands of the Doc­tor have to do with it all?
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Writ­ing: After a sea­son mem­o­rable for unmem­o­rable sto­ries Stephen Mof­fett reminds us all that when he’s capa­ble of. The story is a mas­ter­piece, com­pletely engag­ing, excel­lent plot, excel­lent story and as the first part of the three part story promises more to come. While he takes some lib­er­ties with the his­tory of the church he does so with­out dis­re­spect­ing the insti­tu­tion as well. This episode is sim­ply Doc­tor Who at its best.

Act­ing: &nbsp: This episode shows what can hap­pen when you pair the fine act­ing that we’ve seen this sea­son with a script wor­thy of the per­for­mances. Every sin­gle per­son here shines from reg­u­lars Capaldi, Lucas and Mackie to semi reg­u­lars like Michelle Gomez to the entire sup­port­ing cast par­tic­u­larly Cor­rado Inv­ernizzi as Car­di­nal Angelo. Bril­liant jobs all around

Mem­o­rable Moments: I’m dying here, why didn’t the pope come, con­fes­sion, you’re all going to hell. The scene with Bill, her date and the Pope walk­ing in on them just as she’s explain­ing that she has noth­ing to feel guilty about is one of the fun­ni­est things I’ve ever seen.

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: the Doc­tor at the Master’s exe­cu­tion (7th Doc­tor Doc­tor Who movie) I deny this real­ity (The Deadly Assas­sin 4th Doc­tor) I’ll turn good vs I haven’t turned Good (Capaldi The Magi­cians appren­tice ) unreal things feel­ing pain. Big Fin­ish Flash­back to the 6th Doc­tor Fro­bisher adven­ture The Holy Terror

Odd­i­ties: Sev­eral rewrites on his­tory con­cern­ing Pope Bene­dict the IX (and didn’t that pic­ture look like Missy?) plus why didn’t the TARDIS trans­late the Pope’s speech to Bill? (ther is a log­i­cal rea­son but can’t spec­ify it because it is a spoiler to the plot resolution.

Pet Peeves: One thing: The writ­ers had no prob­lem re-​writing Catholic his­tory for the sake of the plot and chang­ing the gen­der and reha­bil­it­ing one of the worst Pope’s in his­tory, They would never dare to this with Islam but to Catholi­cism, no problem.


Great Quote(s) Just too many to list them all so I’ll set­tle for five via chakoteya​.net transcripts

Bill: Alone at last. [Sound of TARDIS in Bed­room]
Penny: Oh God, what was that?
Bill: The pipes. It’s, it’s the, the pipes in, in my bed­room. Be warned. Some­times I shout at them.
Penny: What?
Bill: Are you okay?
Penny: Yeah. Sorry, I’m just not quite used to all of this.
Bill: Well, what­ever this is, and actu­ally it’s not any­thing yet, it is absolutely noth­ing to feel guilty about. Okay?
Penny: Okay.
Pope Fran­cis: [Enters] <speech in Ital­ian basi­cally ask­ing how he got here from the Vat­i­can> [re-​enters the bed­room]
Penny: That was the Pope! Bill, that was the Pope!
Bill: Yeah, yeah, give me a minute. I am about to have a truly awe­some word with someone.


Car­di­nal Angelo: Pope Bene­dict said that you were more in need of con­fes­sion than any man breath­ing. But when the offer was made, you replied it would take too much time. On behalf of the Catholic Church, the offer stands. You seem like a man with regret on his mind.


Rafando: The exe­cu­tioner may now dis­cuss his immor­tal soul and any peril there­unto.
The Doc­tor: I never sent for you.
Hooded Fig­ure: Good­ness is not good­ness that seeks advan­tage. Good is good in the final hour, in the deep­est pit with­out hope, with­out wit­ness, with­out reward. Virtue is only virtue in extremis. This is what he believes, and this is the rea­son above all, I love him. My hus­band. My mad­man in a box. My Doc­tor. [Read­ing from River Song’s Diary then takes down his cowl to reval him­self as Nar­dole)
Nar­dole: Your mis­sus wouldn’t approve.
The Doc­tor: How the hell did you get here?
Nar­dole: Fol­lowed you from Dar­il­lium, on the explicit orders of your late wife, River Song. Warn­ing, I have full per­mis­sion to kick your arse.

[Tardis]


Nar­dole: Uh-​uh-​uh, Bill. You’re to walk behind me now, like the Doc­tor said.
Bill: Yeah, totally not hap­pen­ing.
Nar­dole: Okay, Bill. Miss Potts. [voice sud­denly low] I am the only per­son you have ever met, or ever will meet, who is offi­cially licensed to kick the Doctor’s arse. I will hap­pily do the same to you, in the event that you do not align your­self with any instruc­tions I have issued which I per­son­ally judge to be in the best inter­ests of your safety and sur­vival. [sud­denly voice back to nor­mal] Okay, Bill?
Bill: Okay.
Nar­dole: Good-​o!
Bill: Nar­dole, are you secretly a badass?
Nar­dole: Noth­ing secret about it, baby doll.


The Doc­tor: I know. So did I. The trou­ble is, when sim­u­lants develop enough inde­pen­dent intel­li­gence to real­ize what they are, there’s a risk they’ll rebel. Those deaths, they weren’t sui­cide. Those were peo­ple escap­ing. It’s like, er, Super Mario fig­ur­ing out what’s going on, delet­ing him­self from the game because he’s sick of dying.
Bill: No, I’m real. I feel real!
The Doc­tor: Those pre­tend peo­ple you shoot at in com­puter games. Now you know.
Bill: Know what?
The Doc­tor: They think they’re real. They feel it. We feel it.


Final Ver­dict: 5 stars If this one is this good I can’t wait for parts two and three.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 1st of 6 This episode make the rest of a mediocre sea­son look even more pathetic by comparison.

1st Extremis
2nd Knock Knock
3rd Oxy­gen
4td Thin Ice
5th Smile
6th The Pilot

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: 4th. I really had to think if this was bet­ter than the Care­taker but frankly if you had them change places it would not be an unrea­son­able choice. How­ever I give the Care­taker the nod because it’s a stand alone story vs multi part.

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

Summary:  You shall know the truth and it will set you free, from life.

Plot:  The Still blind Doctor is visited by representatives of the Vatican (On the recommendation of a Pope from 1000 years ago) concerning an urgent matter.
A document in a lost language called the Veritas has once again been translated and every person who reads it commits suicide. At the personal request of the Pope the Doctor asked to come to the Vatican archive of heritical books and read the Veritas, what does it say? Can the Doctor read it and live, and what does Missy’s Apparent execution on a distant planet at the hands of the Doctor have to do with it all?
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Writing:   After a season memorable for unmemorable stories Stephen Moffett reminds us all that when he’s capable of. The story is a masterpiece, completely engaging, excellent plot, excellent story and as the first part of the three part story promises more to come. While he takes some liberties with the history of the church he does so without disrespecting the institution as well. This episode is simply Doctor Who at its best.

Acting:  &nbsp: This episode shows what can happen when you pair the fine acting that we’ve seen this season with a script worthy of the performances. Every single person here shines from regulars Capaldi, Lucas and Mackie to semi regulars like Michelle Gomez to the entire supporting cast particularly Corrado Invernizzi as Cardinal Angelo. Brilliant jobs all around

Memorable Moments:  I’m dying here, why didn’t the pope come, confession, you’re all going to hell. The scene with Bill, her date and the Pope walking in on them just as she’s explaining that she has nothing to feel guilty about is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

Doctor Who Flashbacks: the Doctor at the Master’s execution (7th Doctor Doctor Who movie) I deny this reality (The Deadly Assassin 4th Doctor) I’ll turn good vs I haven’t turned Good (Capaldi The Magicians apprentice ) unreal things feeling pain. Big Finish Flashback to the 6th Doctor Frobisher adventure The Holy Terror

Oddities: Several rewrites on history concerning Pope Benedict the IX (and didn’t that picture look like Missy?) plus why didn’t the TARDIS translate the Pope’s speech to Bill?  (ther is a logical reason but can’t specify it because it is a spoiler to the plot resolution.

Pet Peeves: One thing: The writers had no problem re-writing Catholic history for the sake of the plot and changing the gender and rehabiliting one of the worst Pope’s in history, They would never dare to this with Islam but to Catholicism, no problem.


Great Quote(s) Just too many to list them all so I’ll settle for five via chakoteya.net transcripts

Bill: Alone at last. [Sound of TARDIS in Bedroom]
Penny:   Oh God, what was that?
Bill: The pipes. It’s, it’s the, the pipes in, in my bedroom. Be warned. Sometimes I shout at them.
Penny:  What?
Bill:  Are you okay?
Penny:  Yeah. Sorry, I’m just not quite used to all of this.
Bill:  Well, whatever this is, and actually it’s not anything yet, it is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about. Okay?
Penny:  Okay.
Pope Francis:  [Enters]  <speech in Italian basically asking how he got here from the Vatican> [re-enters the bedroom]
Penny:  That was the Pope! Bill, that was the Pope!
Bill: Yeah, yeah, give me a minute. I am about to have a truly awesome word with someone.

 


Cardinal Angelo:   Pope Benedict said that you were more in need of confession than any man breathing. But when the offer was made, you replied it would take too much time. On behalf of the Catholic Church, the offer stands. You seem like a man with regret on his mind.


Rafando: The executioner may now discuss his immortal soul and any peril thereunto.
The Doctor:  I never sent for you.
Hooded Figure:  Goodness is not goodness that seeks advantage. Good is good in the final hour, in the deepest pit without hope, without witness, without reward. Virtue is only virtue in extremis. This is what he believes, and this is the reason above all, I love him. My husband. My madman in a box. My Doctor. [Reading from River Song’s Diary then takes down his cowl to reval himself as Nardole)
Nardole: Your missus wouldn’t approve.
The Doctor:  How the hell did you get here?
Nardole: Followed you from Darillium, on the explicit orders of your late wife, River Song. Warning, I have full permission to kick your arse.

[Tardis]


Nardole:  Uh-uh-uh, Bill. You’re to walk behind me now, like the Doctor said.
Bill:  Yeah, totally not happening.
Nardole:  Okay, Bill. Miss Potts.  [voice suddenly low] I am the only person you have ever met, or ever will meet, who is officially licensed to kick the Doctor’s arse. I will happily do the same to you, in the event that you do not align yourself with any instructions I have issued which I personally judge to be in the best interests of your safety and survival.  [suddenly voice back to normal]  Okay, Bill?
Bill:  Okay.
Nardole:   Good-o!
Bill:   Nardole, are you secretly a badass?
Nardole:   Nothing secret about it, baby doll.


The Doctor:  I know. So did I. The trouble is, when simulants develop enough independent intelligence to realize what they are, there’s a risk they’ll rebel. Those deaths, they weren’t suicide. Those were people escaping. It’s like, er, Super Mario figuring out what’s going on, deleting himself from the game because he’s sick of dying.
Bill: No, I’m real. I feel real!
The Doctor:  Those pretend people you shoot at in computer games. Now you know.
Bill:  Know what?
The Doctor:  They think they’re real. They feel it. We feel it.


Final Verdict: 5 stars If this one is this good I can’t wait for parts two and three.

Ranking of Season: 1st of 6 This episode make the rest of a mediocre season look even more pathetic by comparison.

1st Extremis
2nd Knock Knock
3rd Oxygen
4td Thin Ice
5th Smile
6th The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 4th.  I really had to think if this was better than the Caretaker but frankly if you had them change places it would not be an unreasonable choice.  However I give the Caretaker the nod because it’s a stand alone story vs multi part.

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