Peter Capaldi as the Doctor Season 10 Episode Twelve The Doctor Falls

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor Season 10 Episode Twelve The Doctor Falls

Sum­mary: Will the Doctor’s Fail­ures cost him his life

Plot: Stuck on Floor 507 everyone’s world is in tat­ters. The peo­ple there are slowly being assaulted by Cyber­men, Nar­dole deal­ing with the Amorous advances of a woman, Bill is deal­ing with now being a Cyber­man, the Mas­ter and Missy are deal­ing with each other while Missy deals with her con­flicted emo­tions con­cern­ing the Doc­tor , oh and there are a bunch of rapidly evolv­ing cyber­men out to kill them all finally the Doc­tor is deal­ing with all of these things that are to some degree his fault.

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Writ­ing: I am of so many minds with this story, there are so many excel­lent plots run­ning par­al­lel ins and outs and emo­tions (I really like the par­al­lel evo­lu­tion Cyber­man busi­ness) that make it almost a mas­ter­piece, and then you get the res­o­lu­tion that is so bad, so ridicu­lous so lame that despite the emo­tional strings it tries to pull you have to say to your­self: Really you got us all worked up all last week for this? What an absolute joke. One half expects that the very sur­prise end­ing lead­ing to the Christ­mas spe­cial was just about defect­ing us from how absolutely lame the res­o­lu­tion was.

Act­ing: With the qual­ity of this cast this is pretty much a no brainer. Every­one pulls his weight and then some Mackie doing well with the split role and Simm and Gomez work­ing well together but I really think there needed to be at least one more Capaldi Gomez scene

Mem­o­rable Moments: Stabs in the back, scary lady, the mir­ror, will­ing to try any­thing once, he’s dead and never liked you, yes it’s wrong. Do you want to be alone.

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Too many to name from dema­te­ri­al­iza­tion cir­cuits (the three doc­tors), to not accept­ing real­ity (Clara in Asy­lum of the Daleks) 11th Doc­tor , to dif­fer­ent faces in the mir­ror (regen­er­a­tion of 2nd doc­tor Power of the Daleks) to final words, par­tic­u­larly at the end.

Odd­i­ties: While I actu­ally expected things to end this way for Missy’s regen­er­a­tion it seems to me that know­ing that there is a vari­a­tion in per­son­al­ity after regen­er­a­tion the Master’s deci­sion is a bit rash to say, don’t regen­er­ate. How­ever this episode illus­trates why the timelords insti­tuted the 1st law of time. The Doc­tor says they can’t get to the bridge because of the time dif­fer­ence, but the closer to them they get the smaller said time dif­fer­ence becomes thus as they get closer it becomes harder for them to catch them.
Pet Peeves:Quite a few actu­ally the big one is the same pet peeve as in The Pilot, the con­cept is lame, the use of it is lame and the use of it as a res­o­lu­tion is the worst copout in a long time. It’s like that three step car­toon where the sci­en­tist shows step one, in the mid­dle has “then a mir­a­cle occurs” and then step 3 and the guy look­ing says: “I think you need more detail in that mid­dle step”. Fur­ther­more is squishy water lady was able to save the day this way where was she when bill was dying in Oxy­gen or every other time when she was about to die? The Mas­ter says he will never stand with the Doc­tor but then spared him in the end of time when he could have killed him and let him die. Can some­one explain to me how the doc­tor is able to hold back his regen­er­a­tion and if he’s hold­ing it back, how is he not just dying?

Great Quote(s) via chakoteya​.net transcripts

Again lots of great quotes we’ll again stick with just a few FYI posted this before the tran­scripts got up as the show was being broad­cast so I reserve the right to fix any­thing I got off by a word or two.


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The Mas­ter: I can do this, they’re not dif­fi­cult, they’re Cyber­man.
The Doc­tor: Go Ahead, knock your­self out
Missy: Your wish is my com­mand (cold cocks the Mas­ter) I’ve secretly been with you all the time
The Doc­tor: Is that true?
Missy: Don’t spoil the moment
The Doc­tor: I’ve got to know
MIssy: It’s hard to say I’ve of two minds for­tu­nately one of them is unconscious

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The Doc­tor: I’m sorry but you can’t be angry our tem­per is a lux­ury you can no longer have.
Cyber­Bill: Why can’t I be angry?
The Doc­tor: Bill Please
Cyber­Bill: You left me alone for 10 years why can’t I be angry (shoots a beam out of her head­peace and blows up the barn door)
The Doc­tor: because of that, that’s why, because you’re a cyber­man
Nar­dole: Right every­one back to work, noth­ing to see here, just some­body broke the barn no big­gie.
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The Mas­ter: I had some trou­ble tak­ing off
Missy: The black hole?
The Mas­ter:Too close to the event hori­zon.
Missy: And you screwed up you went too fast.
The Mas­ter: I blew the dema­te­ri­al­iza­tion cir­cuit
Missy: Which reminds me a funny thing once hap­pened to me once.
The Mas­ter: What?
Missy: [Throws the mas­ter to the all pressed against him] A very long time ago a very scary lady threw me against the wall and made me promise to always ALWAYS have a spare dema­te­ri­al­iza­tion cir­cuit. I don’t remem­ber much about her now, but she must have made quite an impres­sion. (pulls a spare dema­te­ri­al­iza­tion cir­cuit from her pocket)
The Mas­ter: you know you basi­cally have me to thank for that
Missy: You’re wel­come
The Mas­ter: By the way Missy is it wrong that I
Missy: [look­ing down then up] Yes very

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The Doc­tor: [To Missy and the Mas­ter walk­ing away] No NO! When I say no you turn back around. Hey I’m going to be dead in a few hours, so let’s have it out, right now you and me. Win­ning? Is that what you think it’s about? I’m not try­ing to win. I’m not doing this because I want to beat some­one because I hate some­one or because I want to blame some­one. or because it’s smart. God knows it’s not because it’s easy, or because it works because it hardly ever does. I do what I do because it’s right, and it’s decent and above all it’s kind. Just that, just kind. If I run away today, good peo­ple will die. If I stand and fight some of them might live, maybe not many of them maybe not for long. Hey you know Maybe there’s no point in any of this at all, but it’s the best I can do so I’m going to do it and I’m going to stand here doing it until it kills me. You’re going to die too, some­day. What would you die for? Who I am is where I stand, and where I stand is where I fall.

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12th Doc­tor:Nooooo. I will not change!

Fig­ure in dis­tance:I will not change, I will not, no no no, the whole thing is ridiculous

12th Doc­tor:Is some­body there?

fig­ure in dis­tance (get­ting closer) Who is that?

12th Doc­tor:I’m the Doctor

1st Doc­tor:The Doc­tor? No I don’t think so, no dear me no. You may be “a” Doc­tor but I’m “The Doc­tor” the orig­i­nal you might say.


Final Ver­dict: 4 12 stars Given what I’ve writ­ten above you might have expected a lower rat­ing but this episode was like watch­ing God­fa­ther 3. If you’ve never seen any of the other movies it’s a pretty good pic­ture, clearly above aver­age and in some aspect great, but it can’t hold a can­dle to the 1st two as they are two of the great­est movies of all time. Like­wise this episode suf­fers from it’s final 1015 min­utes which with a dif­fer­ent res­o­lu­tion (one that seemed pretty obvi­ous to me btw) between being a five star top Capaldi episode and con­tender for the best of the new run, to being a far above aver­age episode where the writer couldn’t fig­ure out how to get to that final scene so he took the easy way out. I know how I would have done it and per­haps I’ll put that into a stand alone post some­time in the future.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 4th of 10 It was touch and go if it would be 5th but there is just enough good stuff to edge out the Lie of the Land which also had a kinda lame end. The irony being I really wanted to love this episode but in the end it ranked behind an episode that iron­i­cally I really wanted to hate. The fact that this episode that dis­ap­pointed me so much still ranks 4th in the sea­son tells you every­thing you need to know about how bad this sea­son was.

1st World Enough and Time
2nd Extremis
3rd The Eaters of Light
4th The Doc­tor Falls
5th The Lie of the Land
6th Empress of Mars
7th The Pyra­mid at the End of the World
8th Knock Knock
9th Oxy­gen
10th Thin Ice
11th Smile
12th The Pilot

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: Last week after World Enough and Time I wrote “I imag­ine the next two episodes might cause some move­ment on the list and boy will it be dis­ap­point­ing if it doesn’t” In a sea­son full of dis­ap­point­ing episodes the fact that this one wasn’t able to crack the top 10 of the Capaldi era is the biggest dis­ap­point­ment of all.

1st The Hus­bands of River Song
2nd World Enough and Time
3rd. Last Christ­mas
4th. The Care­taker
5th Extremis
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

Summary: Will the Doctor’s Failures cost him his life

Plot: Stuck on Floor 507  everyone’s world is in tatters.  The people there are slowly being assaulted by Cybermen, Nardole dealing with the Amorous advances of a woman, Bill is dealing with now being a Cyberman, the Master and Missy are dealing with each other while Missy deals with her conflicted emotions concerning the Doctor , oh and there are a bunch of rapidly evolving cybermen out to kill them all finally the Doctor is dealing with all of these things that are to some degree his fault.

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Writing:  I am of so many minds with this story, there are so many excellent plots running parallel ins and outs and emotions (I really like the parallel evolution Cyberman business) that make it almost a masterpiece, and then you get the resolution that is so bad, so ridiculous so lame that despite the emotional strings it tries to pull you have to say to yourself:  Really you got us all worked up all last week for this?    What an absolute joke.  One half expects that the very surprise ending leading to the Christmas special was just about defecting us from how absolutely lame the resolution was.

Acting:   With the quality of this cast this is pretty much a no brainer.  Everyone pulls his weight and then some Mackie doing well with the split role and Simm and Gomez working well together but  I really think there needed to be at least one more Capaldi Gomez scene

Memorable Moments: Stabs in the back, scary lady, the mirror, willing to try anything once, he’s dead and never liked you, yes it’s wrong.  Do you want to be alone.

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  Too many to name from dematerialization circuits (the three doctors), to not accepting reality (Clara in Asylum of the Daleks) 11th Doctor , to different faces in the mirror (regeneration of 2nd doctor Power of the Daleks) to final words, particularly at the end.

Oddities: While I actually expected things to end this way for Missy’s regeneration it seems to me that knowing that there is a variation in personality after regeneration the Master’s decision is a bit rash to say, don’t regenerate. However this episode illustrates why the timelords instituted the 1st law of time. The Doctor says they can’t get to the bridge because of the time difference, but the closer to them they get the smaller said time difference becomes thus as they get closer it becomes harder for them to catch them.
Pet Peeves:Quite a few actually the big one is the same pet peeve as in The Pilot, the concept is lame, the use of it is lame and the use of it as a resolution is the worst copout in a long time. It’s like that three step cartoon where the scientist shows step one, in the middle has “then a miracle occurs” and then step 3 and the guy looking says: “I think you need more detail in that middle step”. Furthermore is squishy water lady was able to save the day this way where was she when bill was dying in Oxygen or every other time when she was about to die? The Master says he will never stand with the Doctor but then spared him in the end of time when he could have killed him and let him die. Can someone explain to me how the doctor is able to hold back his regeneration and if he’s holding it back, how is he not just dying?

Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts

Again lots of great quotes we’ll again stick with just a few FYI posted this before the transcripts got up as the show was being broadcast so I reserve the right to fix anything I got off by a word or two.


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The Master:  I can do this, they’re not difficult, they’re Cyberman.
The Doctor:   Go Ahead, knock yourself out
Missy:  Your wish is my command (cold cocks the Master)  I’ve secretly been with you all the time
The Doctor:  Is that true?
Missy:  Don’t spoil the moment
The Doctor:  I’ve got to know
MIssy:  It’s hard to say I’ve of two minds fortunately one of them is unconscious

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The Doctor: I’m sorry but you can’t be angry our temper is a luxury you can no longer have.
CyberBill: Why can’t I be angry?
The Doctor: Bill Please
CyberBill: You left me alone for 10 years why can’t I be angry (shoots a beam out of her headpeace and blows up the barn door)
The Doctor: because of that, that’s why, because you’re a cyberman
Nardole: Right everyone back to work, nothing to see here, just somebody broke the barn no biggie.
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The Master: I had some trouble taking off
Missy: The black hole?
The Master:Too close to the event horizon.
Missy: And you screwed up you went too fast.
The Master: I blew the dematerialization circuit
Missy: Which reminds me a funny thing once happened to me once.
The Master: What?
Missy: [Throws the master to the all pressed against him] A very long time ago a very scary lady threw me against the wall and made me promise to always ALWAYS have a spare dematerialization circuit. I don’t remember much about her now, but she must have made quite an impression. (pulls a spare dematerialization circuit from her pocket)
The Master: you know you basically have me to thank for that
Missy: You’re welcome
The Master: By the way Missy is it wrong that I
Missy: [looking down then up] Yes very

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The Doctor: [To Missy and the Master walking away] No NO! When I say no you turn back around. Hey I’m going to be dead in a few hours, so let’s have it out, right now you and me. Winning? Is that what you think it’s about? I’m not trying to win. I’m not doing this because I want to beat someone because I hate someone or because I want to blame someone. or because it’s smart. God knows it’s not because it’s easy, or because it works because it hardly ever does. I do what I do because it’s right, and it’s decent and above all it’s kind. Just that, just kind. If I run away today, good people will die. If I stand and fight some of them might live, maybe not many of them maybe not for long. Hey you know Maybe there’s no point in any of this at all, but it’s the best I can do so I’m going to do it and I’m going to stand here doing it until it kills me. You’re going to die too, someday. What would you die for? Who I am is where I stand, and where I stand is where I fall.

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12th Doctor:Nooooo.  I will not change!

Figure in distance:I will not change, I will not, no no no, the whole thing is ridiculous 

12th Doctor:Is somebody there?

figure in distance (getting closer)  Who is that?

12th Doctor:I’m the Doctor

1st Doctor:The Doctor?  No I don’t think so, no dear me no.  You may be “a” Doctor but I’m “The Doctor” the original you might say.


Final Verdict: 4 1/2 stars  Given what I’ve written above you might have expected a lower rating but this episode was like watching Godfather 3.  If you’ve never seen any of the other movies it’s a pretty good picture, clearly above average and in some aspect great, but it can’t hold a candle to the 1st two as they are two of the greatest movies of all time.  Likewise this episode suffers from it’s final 10-15 minutes which with a different resolution (one that seemed pretty obvious to me btw) between being a five star top Capaldi episode and contender for the best of the new run, to being a far above average episode where the writer couldn’t figure out how to get to that final scene so he took the easy way out. I know how I would have done it and perhaps I’ll put that into a stand alone post sometime in the future.

Ranking of Season: 4th of 10  It was touch and go if it would be 5th but there is just enough good stuff to edge out the Lie of the Land which also had a kinda lame end. The irony being I really wanted to love this episode but in the end it ranked behind an episode that ironically I really wanted to hate.   The fact that this episode that disappointed me so much still ranks 4th in the season tells you everything you need to know about how bad this season was.

1st World Enough and Time
2nd Extremis
3rd The Eaters of Light
4th The Doctor Falls
5th The Lie of the Land
6th Empress of Mars
7th The Pyramid at the End of the World
8th Knock Knock
9th Oxygen
10th Thin Ice
11th Smile
12th The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era:  Last week after World Enough and Time I wrote “I imagine the next two episodes might cause some movement on the list and boy will it be disappointing if it doesn’t”   In a season full of disappointing episodes the fact that this one  wasn’t able to crack the top 10 of the Capaldi era is the biggest disappointment of all.

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd World Enough and Time
3rd. Last Christmas
4th. The Caretaker
5th  Extremis
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