Summary: Will the Doctor’s Trust in Missy cost Bill her life, or has it already done so?
Plot: The Doctor decision over the objections of Bill and Nardole to let Missy play Doctor as a test to see if she’s changed get Bill’s heart literally blown away by a panicked janitor on a 400 mile long space ship next to a black hole. She taken below decks where time runs at a much faster speed to a hospital time runs at a much faster speed than the top of the ship where she is befriended by an odd man named Razor a given a cybernetic hart. Years pass as she waits for the Doctor. Will he be able to sae he from the Hospital of Horrors and for her as she waits for the Doctor, but is there an even greater danger awaiting them or maybe two.
Writing: It seems to me that this episodes an the ones that follow are the entire reason for the seasons with the rest of it just filler. The episode is about as good as it gets and maybe even better. The mix of humor (those are genders) and horror (pain, pain) is simply amazing
Acting:: Ok Capaldi, Mackie and Lucas are all excellent but Michelle Gomez and John Simm both as Razor and the Master steal every scene they are in. Gomez’s scenes with Lucas and Mackie are great, Simm’s scenes with Mackie are better and the brief periods where Simm and Gomez are together are simply awesome.
Memorable Moments: He likes me, do you like disguises, Tea, That’s his name, this is a bad idea. Cradle Robbing, Pain
Doctor Who Flashbacks: Prime Minister (sound of the Drums last of the Time Lords) the Master’s Goatee (Roger Delgado and Anthony Ainley. Mondasitan Cybermen (The Tenth Planet 1st Doctor), Venusian Akido (3rd Doctor)
Oddities: Missy Pointing her umbrella as if it’s a weapon, I suspect that it is one. the episode starts with the Doctor’s regeneration, if this is a three part episode ending with the Christmas special it’s a cliffhanger and a half. I found it an interesting change where the earlier incarnation recognizes his later version before the reverse then again he had months or years to study her.
Pet Peeves: The whole time Lord Gender speech is less about time lords and more about SJW,
Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts
Much too many to list them all so we’ll settle for five
Jorj: Who are you?
Missy: Well, I am that mysterious adventurer in all of time and space, known only as Doctor Who. And these are my disposables, Exposition and Comic Relief.
Nardole: We’re not functions.
Missy: Darling, those were genders.
Jorj: Please, stay exactly where you are for your own safety.
Missy: He likes me. So exciting.
Jorj: I’m coming through.
Missy: Hurry, my stallion. And if I’m in the shower, just bring me some beans on toast. That’s
Missy: That’s roughly human flirting, isn’t it?
The Doctor: I pick a scenario, we drop her down into it, and we see how she does.
Bill: How does that work?
The Doctor: Ah. We just take the Tardis for a spin and we graze for distress calls. We pick a good one. Our usual Saturday.
Bill: And what if she just walks out and slaughters everyone just for a laugh?
The Doctor: Well, I will be monitoring you the whole time.
The Doctor: Yes. You and Nardole. You can be her companions. See?
Bill: Ah, nah! Forget it. Absolutely no way.
The Doctor: Nardole agreed.
Nardole: No, I didn’t.
The Doctor: You did in my head, which is good enough for me.
Razor: Do you want the good tea or the bad tea?
Bill: What’s the difference?
Razor: I call one good, one bad.
Bill: Er, I’ll take the good one.
Razor: Excellent, positive attitude. Will help with the horror to come.
Bill: What horror?
Razor: Mainly the tea.
Missy: Oh, this is super interesting. I assumed this ship was from Earth, full of squishable little humans, but it’s not from Earth at all, is it?
Razor: You don’t remember me, do you?
Missy: Looks like an Earth-like planet, but not Earth itself. Very Earth-like. If planets had twins
Razor: You don’t remember being here before, do you?
Missy: I’ve never been here before. Will you please stop wittering on or I’ll have to splat your brains for finger paint.
Razor: Oh, you have been here before. You really can trust me on that.
Missy: Okay, listen to me. I may be about to take that silly little gun away from you
Razor: He’ll never forgive you, you know, He’ll never set you free. Not when he discovers what you did to his little friend.
Missy: I haven’t done anything to his silly little friend.
Razor: Oh, but I’m afraid you did. But a long time ago.
Final Verdict: Five stars or to put it another way, Wow!
Ranking of Season: 1st of 10 I really had a hard time ranking it above Extremis but there is simply too much great acting here to do otherwise.
1st World Enough and Time
3rd The Eaters of Light
4th The Lie of the Land
5th Empress of Mars
6th The Pyramid at the End of the World
7th Knock Knock
9th Thin Ice
11th The Pilot
Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 2nd I’m partial to a happy ending so it couldn’t dislodge the Husbands of River Song. It was also a little hard to rank because it’s a multi part episode. It’s also kinda sad that it pushes Eater of Light off the list but I imagine the next two episodes might cause some movement on the list and boy will it be disappointing if it doesn’t
1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd World Enough and Time
3rd. Last Christmas
4th. The Caretaker
6th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
7th. The Girl who Died
8th. The Witch’s Familiar
9th. Hell Bent
10th. Mummy on the Orient Express