World Enough and Time



Critic Consensus: "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.

Episode Info

Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord's enemy.


Peter Capaldi
as The Doctor
Pearl Mackie
as Bill Potts
Matt Lucas
as Nardole

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Critic Reviews for World Enough and Time

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.

Jun 26, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Doctor Wow, more like. This two-part finale marks showrunner Steven Moffat's last regular episodes and he'd saved the best until second last.

Jun 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I've longed for a multiple Master adventure. Here it is. With two superb actors. And great writing from Steven Moffat.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The penultimate episode of Capaldi's final season is a masterclass in build-up and horror.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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).

Jun 26, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jun 26, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

What's different about this [revealing] moment ... is the fact that the Master (in disguise) played such a pivotal role in ensuring Potts' conversion.

Jun 26, 2017 | Full Review…