The Doctor Falls Ending Done RIGHT this time

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The Doctor Falls Ending Done RIGHT this time

You might recall at the time of my review of The Doc­tor Falls, I com­mented on how hor­ri­ble and con­trived the end­ing was, basi­cally the day being saved by the already unbe­liev­able water God. This post is my alter­na­tive end­ing which I think is not only more plau­si­ble in terms of the mythol­ogy of Doc­tor Who but more in keep­ing with the entire theme of the Season.

We pick up the story from the point where Cyber­bill is cry­ing over the Doctor’s Body sur­rounded by destroyed Cybermen.…


[Her own Cyber Body is badly dam­aged from the blast but she barely noticed it in her grief until sud­denly the famil­iar VOORP VOORP of the TARDIS is heard as it mate­ri­al­izes engulf­ing them and scraps of some of the Cyber bod­ies around them. Bill looks up and is shocked to see Missy at the con­trols. Missy has a far away look in her eyes as, she walks toward them.]

Bill: You! You came?

Missy: [her voice sound­ing slightly off] That Cyber­brain mas­ter of the obvi­ous, [mov­ing toward The Doc­tor] How bad is he?

Bill: (Still in tears) He’s dead.

Missy: [scoff­ing] Let some­one who knows see, [Missy moves toward the Doc­tor who Cyber­bill as put down and looks over him, a slight wince in her face as a tiny glow seems to come and go from it] Not quite but he soon will be, even with the TARDIS help­ing sta­bi­liz­ing him.

Bill: The TARDIS, [Light sud­denly dawn­ing] Wait a sec­ond. How DID you get the TARDIS here in the first place, come to think of it how did you get in the TARDIS?

Missy: [Sightly ener­gized as she uses her best talk­ing to idiots voice] I’d been doing main­te­nance on this ship remem­ber, did you hon­estly think I wouldn’t build in a fail safe tele­pathic cir­cuit link to me in case I needed it?

Cyber­bill: Needed it, what, did the other one leave you behind?

Missy: [winc­ing] Not with­out exchang­ing gifts [moves to the coun­sel slightly stag­ger­ing] There’s one chance, we have to jump start him.

Bill: Jump start him?

Missy: [Scram­bling up toward the con­sole] It’s the only thing left, if we can chan­nel regen­er­a­tion energy through the TARDIS into him in might be enough to bring him through. [She begins flip­ping switches, and gri­maces in pain as her hands move over the con­sole. Clearly some­thing is wrong] There’s not enough power, mov­ing through the Unsta­ble time field drained too much and com­ing here took most of the rest. With­out more power I can’t do it.

Bill: [a look of real­iza­tion hits her face as she speaks Sound­ing both hope­ful and seri­ous] What about me? [Bill walked to Missy at the con­sole The shot changes to the Cyber­man Ver­sion of Bill and speaks with the Cyber­voice] Can we chan­nel what’s left of my inter­nal power to do it?

Missy: That could work, If I siphon your inter­nal power though the TARDIS it might boost the energy enough to work. But your cyber inter­face is too prim­i­tive to con­nect and I don’t have time to upgrade it, unless. [Picks up the head of a destroyed a Cyber­man by it’s Han­dles] If we use this, wire you though it and it though the TARDIS we can do it, if you don’t care about sur­viv­ing that is.

Cyber­bill: [The shot returns to Bill’s face, she looks at the Doc­tor lying on the floor then down at her cyber hands and legs] Do it!

Missy: [grins and starts con­nect­ing things with a flour­ish] It never ceases to amaze me how he man­ages to find all these humans will­ing to die for him. I’ve never really under­stood it [ She dou­bles over with a cry of deep pain and gasps] until today.

Bill: [a look of con­cern on her face as she real­izes something’s wrong with Missy] What’s going on?

Missy: Those ‘gifts’ we exchanged, they were going away presents

Bill: [A look of utter shock] You’re…

Missy: Yes. [Fum­bling weakly toward a switch as she wraps a wire around her waist]

Bill: You mean he?..[with a say what face].Isn’t that…suicide?

Missy: [Rais­ing her head it’s Glow­ing slightly she’s in obvi­ous dis­tress] Where did you think the regen­er­a­tion energy was going to come from. [She claws for­ward con­nect­ing a cable to Cyberbill’s chest.] Got to hold it back just a lit­tle while longer.

Cyber­bill: [Finally under­stand­ing that they’re mak­ing the same sac­ri­fice] I’m sorry, I didn’t real­ize, you…

Missy: [With a slightly scorn­ful look on her face like a miser caught secretly putting money in a poor­box] You’re not the only one. [half stag­gers and half crawls to the Doc­tor wrap­ping the final cables around his legs] It’s ready. [ In tremen­dous pain, she raise her head and looks at Bill. ]

Bill: [Nods.] Good­bye Missy.

Missy: [Nods back, Pulls her­self up to the con­sole, turns and looks at the Doc­tor. The shot slows, sud­denly she’s deep in thought with the same look on her face as when she was talk­ing about remem­ber­ing all the peo­ple she ever killed] It’s funny. For mil­len­nia this was the moment I had dreamed of. The Doc­tor Dead, Me with his TARDIS, and nobody stand­ing in my way. [Turns toward Bill] I killed him once you know.

Bill: [Sud­denly wor­ried] What?

Missy: [deep in thought] I was in a posi­tion to black­mail all of cre­ation, life under my rule or death for them all. The only way he could stop we was to pull out a live cable hun­dreds of feet in the air with noth­ing else to hold onto. [ Trans­par­ent back­ground shot of the 4th doc­tor pulling the cable out on the Pharos project in episode 4 of Logopo­lus] I watched him do it, saw him hang, lose his grip and fall. I laughed as he plum­meted and lay there dying, with that ridicu­lous scarf around his neck and that stu­pid grin still on his face as his friends gath­ered around him. He died and took the Uni­verse from me. The Universe.[stares at her glow­ing hands again brighter this time as if noth­ing will stop it] All I have to do is regen­er­ate and every­thing I ever wanted for all my lives would be mine [sud­denly with the “Evil Missy” look in her eyes] and noth­ing and nobody in the uni­verse could stop me.

Bill: [Very wor­ried.] Missy!

Missy: [With a tear in her eye] But now all I want is this! [She flips the switch, sparks and explo­sions fly from the con­sole, The TARDIS , Missy, Cyber­bill and the Cyber­head glow with the Regen­er­a­tion energy. Missy screams in agony. Cyber­bill screams and as she col­lapses sud­denly the Cyber­head screams first with her voice and then a voice that slowly becomes mechan­i­cal. The col­umn goes up and down, the con­sole crack­les and the doors swing open and the cyber­head with the last trace of Bill voice is swept into the Vor­tex, Han­dles and all, It will land in the Mal­dovan Mar­ket where Matt Smith’s Doc­tor will even­tu­ally find and adopt her. Missy dives for­ward clos­ing the doors before the Doctor’s body glow­ing body can be swept into the vor­tex. The TARDIS sta­bles and the energy dies down. She stag­gers toward the Doc­tor with the energy surg­ing around him, col­lapses on top of him.]

The Doc­tor: [A tight shot on his face as he Opens his eyes. He sits up and sees Missy weak and almost life­less lying over his legs. He looks at her in hor­ror while she looks back and smiles.] Missy!

Missy: [whis­per­ing very weak] It worked, I knew it would.

The Doc­tor: [looks at the still spark­ing Tardis and cables then down] What have you done?

Missy: [still weak, no longer glow­ing] Couldn’t stand with you [smiles again], will this do?

The Doc­tor: [putting it all together, shocked] You didn’t have to do this, you could have regen­er­ated the new you would have thought of something.

Missy: [whis­per­ing even weaker] We couldn’t take the chance, couldn’t count on a new me being will­ing to save you.

The Doc­tor: We? [Looks to the left and in hor­ror sees Cyberbill’s life­less form, sparks still com­ing from the chest unit] No, I’m not worth either one of you let alone both. [He cra­dles her head in lap ] Hang on

Missy: [Reach­ing for his hand] Just for a bit.

The Doc­tor: [tak­ing her hand in his anger and a trace of panic ris­ing in him]All we’ve been through, we’ve come so far, YOUVE come so far, I can’t lose you now! I won’t allow it!

Missy: [she smiles at him] You haven’t lost me, you saved me, [their hands slightly glow­ing together] I’m a part of you now.

The Doc­tor: [in a tone of res­ig­na­tion] Missy…I.…

Missy: [ She look­ing lov­ingly at him, winks, and with her last breath] Say…something…nice. [and slumps away with­out regenerating]

The Doc­tor: NO! [Com­pletely over­come hugs her life­less body sob­bing uncon­trol­lably, the shot widens encom­pass­ing them and Cyberbill’s body, the shot nar­rows again, the Doc­tor lays Missy’s head down stares at her wracked with both guilt and grief, and sud­denly dou­bles over and falls down…

…and we cut back to the orig­i­nal at the point of his flash­back of to his companions


That’s how I would have done it. Not only is it bet­ter but I think it would even give a proper excuse for him regen­er­at­ing into a woman as both Bill and Missy’s energy is what trig­gers it.

I’d be inter­ested opin­ions on this.

You might recall at the time of my review of The Doctor Falls, I commented on how horrible and contrived the ending was, basically the day being saved by the already unbelievable water God. This post is my alternative ending which I think is not only more plausible in terms of the mythology of Doctor Who but more in keeping with the entire theme of the Season.

We pick up the story from the point where Cyberbill is crying over the Doctor’s Body surrounded by destroyed Cybermen….


[Her own Cyber Body is badly damaged from the blast but she barely noticed it in her grief until suddenly the familiar VOORP VOORP of the TARDIS is heard as it materializes engulfing them and scraps of some of the Cyber bodies around them. Bill looks up and is shocked to see Missy at the controls. Missy has a far away look in her eyes as, she walks toward them.]

Bill: You! You came?

Missy: [her voice sounding slightly off] That Cyberbrain master of the obvious, [moving toward The Doctor] How bad is he?

Bill: (Still in tears) He’s dead.

Missy: [scoffing] Let someone who knows see, [Missy moves toward the Doctor who Cyberbill as put down and looks over him, a slight wince in her face as a tiny glow seems to come and go from it] Not quite but he soon will be, even with the TARDIS helping stabilizing him.

Bill: The TARDIS, [Light suddenly dawning] Wait a second. How DID you get the TARDIS here in the first place, come to think of it how did you get in the TARDIS?

Missy: [Sightly energized as she uses her best talking to idiots voice] I’d been doing maintenance on this ship remember, did you honestly think I wouldn’t build in a fail safe telepathic circuit link to me in case I needed it?

Cyberbill: Needed it, what, did the other one leave you behind?

Missy: [wincing] Not without exchanging gifts [moves to the counsel slightly staggering] There’s one chance, we have to jump start him.

Bill: Jump start him?

Missy: [Scrambling up toward the console] It’s the only thing left, if we can channel regeneration energy through the TARDIS into him in might be enough to bring him through. [She begins flipping switches, and grimaces in pain as her hands move over the console. Clearly something is wrong] There’s not enough power, moving through the Unstable time field drained too much and coming here took most of the rest. Without more power I can’t do it.

Bill: [a look of realization hits her face as she speaks Sounding both hopeful and serious] What about me? [Bill walked to Missy at the console The shot changes to the Cyberman Version of Bill and speaks with the Cybervoice] Can we channel what’s left of my internal power to do it?

Missy: That could work, If I siphon your internal power though the TARDIS it might boost the energy enough to work. But your cyber interface is too primitive to connect and I don’t have time to upgrade it, unless. [Picks up the head of a destroyed a Cyberman by it’s Handles] If we use this, wire you though it and it though the TARDIS we can do it, if you don’t care about surviving that is.

Cyberbill: [The shot returns to Bill’s face, she looks at the Doctor lying on the floor then down at her cyber hands and legs] Do it!

Missy: [grins and starts connecting things with a flourish] It never ceases to amaze me how he manages to find all these humans willing to die for him. I’ve never really understood it [ She doubles over with a cry of deep pain and gasps] until today.

Bill: [a look of concern on her face as she realizes something’s wrong with Missy] What’s going on?

Missy: Those ‘gifts’ we exchanged, they were going away presents

Bill: [A look of utter shock] You’re…

Missy: Yes. [Fumbling weakly toward a switch as she wraps a wire around her waist]

Bill: You mean he?..[with a say what face].Isn’t that…suicide?

Missy: [Raising her head it’s Glowing slightly she’s in obvious distress] Where did you think the regeneration energy was going to come from. [She claws forward connecting a cable to Cyberbill’s chest.] Got to hold it back just a little while longer.

Cyberbill: [Finally understanding that they’re making the same sacrifice] I’m sorry, I didn’t realize, you…

Missy: [With a slightly scornful look on her face like a miser caught secretly putting money in a poorbox] You’re not the only one. [half staggers and half crawls to the Doctor wrapping the final cables around his legs] It’s ready. [ In tremendous pain, she raise her head and looks at Bill. ]

Bill: [Nods.] Goodbye Missy.

Missy: [Nods back, Pulls herself up to the console, turns and looks at the Doctor. The shot slows, suddenly she’s deep in thought with the same look on her face as when she was talking about remembering all the people she ever killed] It’s funny. For millennia this was the moment I had dreamed of. The Doctor Dead, Me with his TARDIS, and nobody standing in my way. [Turns toward Bill] I killed him once you know.

Bill: [Suddenly worried] What?

Missy: [deep in thought] I was in a position to blackmail all of creation, life under my rule or death for them all. The only way he could stop we was to pull out a live cable hundreds of feet in the air with nothing else to hold onto. [ Transparent background shot of the 4th doctor pulling the cable out on the Pharos project in episode 4 of Logopolus] I watched him do it, saw him hang, lose his grip and fall. I laughed as he plummeted and lay there dying, with that ridiculous scarf around his neck and that stupid grin still on his face as his friends gathered around him. He died and took the Universe from me. The Universe.[stares at her glowing hands again brighter this time as if nothing will stop it] All I have to do is regenerate and everything I ever wanted for all my lives would be mine [suddenly with the “Evil Missy” look in her eyes] and nothing and nobody in the universe could stop me.

Bill: [Very worried.] Missy!

Missy: [With a tear in her eye] But now all I want is this! [She flips the switch, sparks and explosions fly from the console, The TARDIS , Missy, Cyberbill and the Cyberhead glow with the Regeneration energy. Missy screams in agony. Cyberbill screams and as she collapses suddenly the Cyberhead screams first with her voice and then a voice that slowly becomes mechanical. The column goes up and down, the console crackles and the doors swing open and the cyberhead with the last trace of Bill voice is swept into the Vortex, Handles and all, It will land in the Maldovan Market where Matt Smith’s Doctor will eventually find and adopt her. Missy dives forward closing the doors before the Doctor’s body glowing body can be swept into the vortex. The TARDIS stables and the energy dies down. She staggers toward the Doctor with the energy surging around him, collapses on top of him.]

The Doctor: [A tight shot on his face as he Opens his eyes. He sits up and sees Missy weak and almost lifeless lying over his legs. He looks at her in horror while she looks back and smiles.] Missy!

Missy: [whispering very weak] It worked, I knew it would.

The Doctor: [looks at the still sparking Tardis and cables then down] What have you done?

Missy: [still weak, no longer glowing] Couldn’t stand with you [smiles again], will this do?

The Doctor: [putting it all together, shocked] You didn’t have to do this, you could have regenerated the new you would have thought of something.

Missy: [whispering even weaker] We couldn’t take the chance, couldn’t count on a new me being willing to save you.

The Doctor: We? [Looks to the left and in horror sees Cyberbill’s lifeless form, sparks still coming from the chest unit] No, I’m not worth either one of you let alone both. [He cradles her head in lap ] Hang on

Missy:  [Reaching for his hand] Just for a bit.

The Doctor: [taking her hand in his anger and a trace of panic rising in him]All we’ve been through, we’ve come so far, YOU’VE come so far, I can’t lose you now! I won’t allow it!

Missy: [she smiles at him] You haven’t lost me, you saved me, [their hands slightly glowing together] I’m a part of you now.

The Doctor: [in a tone of resignation] Missy…I….

Missy: [ She looking lovingly at him, winks, and with her last breath] Say…something…nice. [and slumps away without regenerating]

The Doctor: NO!  [Completely overcome hugs her lifeless body sobbing uncontrollably, the shot widens encompassing them and Cyberbill’s body, the shot narrows again, the Doctor lays Missy’s head down stares at her wracked with both guilt and grief, and suddenly doubles over and falls down…

…and we cut back to the original at the point of his flashback of to his companions


That’s how I would have done it. Not only is it better but I think it would even give a proper excuse for him regenerating into a woman as both Bill and Missy’s energy is what triggers it.

I’d be interested opinions on this.