Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time (2017 Christmas Special) (2017)

Twice Upon a Time (2017 Christmas Special)
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Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time pays gratifying homage to the outgoing doctor while marking a thoughtful, warm, and funny passing of the torch to a new era in the franchise.



Critic Ratings: 24


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User Ratings: 283

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Air date: Dec 25, 2017

Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story. An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity's darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning...

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The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.

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Critic Reviews for Doctor Who Twice Upon a Time (2017 Christmas Special)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

It's ultimately a placeholder.

Dec 26, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A satisfying, and deeply emotional, send-off for Capaldi.

Dec 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Surely one of the least bombastic, most thoughtful Christmas specials the series has produced.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Given how tumultuous 2017 has been in terms of shifting world politics, divisive policies and the rise of hateful mindsets, the twelfth doctor perfectly sums up how we all should be (as well as the new incarnation) - kind.

Jul 15, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Parts of this episode telegraph a bit too much to make the adventure exciting.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The Twelfth Doctor is a great one, but I've long felt that he could've been one of the greatest given the chance. Here, in his final adventure, he finally achieves that status.

Dec 26, 2017 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

A nostalgic, rather moving affair with ghosts past and present walking the screen.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

It adds up to a funny, sad, touching, if lightweight episode that sets things up to move on while offering fans a Christmas gift.

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor grew on me slowly.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

More saccharine than most, but utterly redeemed by humour.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Why is this now the most self-referential television series ever, part extended Comic Relief sketch, part seven board games stitched together?

Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Good moments, but not as glorious as previous Christmas specials. [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 29, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time (2017 Christmas Special)

  • Feb 19, 2019
    I enjoyed this special but was disappointed with the disrespectful way the original Doctor was treated with the writing. William Hartnell would have been upset. I disliked the unnecessary anti-male attitudes. This detracted from a rather good episode.
  • Jan 10, 2019
    The thirteenth Doctor's best episode was mostly starred by the First and Twelfth and was damn fun. The episode has lots of breathtaking and hilarious scene and is very joyful.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Awful. Firstly the story was a plotless nonsense. The first Doctor was completely misportrayed and David Bradley could not reproduce Hartnell's performance at all.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Utterly disgraceful treatment of the man that launched the show, and who was immensely proud of his portrayal until his death. To rewrite his character to vilify him as a bigot shows how low the social justice brigade will go. Shameful. And yet better than what was to follow.....
  • Dec 31, 2018
    I'm only giving this one 4.5 stars because it needs more Nardole lol
  • Dec 31, 2018
    Disgustingly insulting to William Hartnell's performances.
  • Dec 28, 2018
    Would have been a good Christmas special if the 1st doctor hadn't been portrayed as sexist.
  • Dec 22, 2018
    The casting choices for this Special were excellent. David Bradley was Superb as the First Doctor despite the fact he was portrayed as sexist. which is why I wouldn't give more than 3.5 stars. However, I particularly liked the moment where Capaldi's Doctor lets the cat out the bag to the WW1 soldier that there is another War only to say "Spoilers" once he realises what he said. This episode will always be remembered by me as the day Doctor Who officially died as well as probably being the last Christmas Special to hit our screens.
  • Dec 15, 2018
    David Bradley and Peter Capaldi was fantastic. I was heartbroken with 12’s last speech. Exceptional episode.
  • Dec 15, 2018
    I enjoyed this. I miss Capaldi as the Doctor. My only wish is that they hadn’t gone overboard with making the 1st Doctor sexist as a way to make way for a female Doctor. I also wish that 12 hadn’t regenerated but that’s just my wishful thinking.

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