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"World Enough and Time" sets up the conclusion of Doctor Who's tenth season with a cliffhanger episode that deftly blends many of the show's most important ingredients.
We get time as a potent and multivalent metaphor, used by the show for various stunning narratives ... This episode has one of the best of these to come along for a while.
Remove the elements of surprise, and the rest of the episode is a deeply disturbing game in which the Master, wearing his Mr. Reza disguise, befriends Bill over a period of years.
After a series I've managed to find little fault in, World Enough and Time is the finest penultimate episode we've seen in quite some time (and yes, that includes Heaven Sent).
We haven't seen much of Simm playing the undisguised version of his Master, but his work in tonight's episode is that of an actor having an absolute blast putting on ludicrous makeup and doing an accent of no earthly origin.
An emotional, dark and daring story that continues to build and build to one hell of an ending. Capaldi and Pearl Mackie turn in some excellent performances while Rachel Talalay directs the episode perfectly, balancing humour with proper scares.
I've longed for a multiple Master adventure. Here it is. With two superb actors. And great writing from Steven Moffat.
The penultimate episode of Capaldi's final season is a masterclass in build-up and horror.
Even knowing a few bits going in though, I came out instantly wanting to watch it again. And I've not felt like that for a few weeks now. "World Enough and Time" is a thoroughly impressive piece of work.
What's different about this [revealing] moment ... is the fact that the Master (in disguise) played such a pivotal role in ensuring Potts' conversion.
It still provides the traditional mix of sci-fi scares and light horror but, really, this is 45-minutes with everything feeling a teensy-weensy bit out of place.
Kudos to John Simm for his portrayal of Razor/The Master. This incarnation definitely seems less bonkers than the last time we saw him but no less deviously evil.
It's unfortunate that we'll have had only one season with the immensely likable Bill Potts, but if this is what it takes to bring dramatic stakes back to Doctor Who, it's also worth it.