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One of the best aspects of "The Doctor Falls" is that it barely features any guest cast, really just Samantha Spiro and Briana Shawn, and neither of them takes up much screen time. This is squarely a story about our primary five characters.
A dramatic and satisfying finale.
Not everything was perfect in this episode, but Steven Moffat managed to craft an episode that showcased everything it is he was able to do in this series during his time on it.
If "The Doctor Falls" is any indication, Moffat and Capaldi figure to exit at Christmas on a real high, with each bringing out the best in the other. For now, though, it's enough to say they just pulled off the best series finale in all new Doctor Who.
Season ten finale put a wonderful bookend on an evolution that's been in the works for all of Peter Capaldi's time on the show.
"World Enough and Time" and "The Doctor Falls" are singing the same old song. But then something remarkable happens. Moffat and director Rachel Talalay devote a considerable chunk of time to Bill's perspective.
The Doctor Falls is a bold title for the last episode in the series, and sets the stage for an hour's worth of shining character performances.
Even for a finale, the theme of endings ran quite strongly through "The Doctor Falls." John Simm's Master, Missy, Bill, Nardole, the Doctor... Actually, all of them managed to jerk a few tears out of me.
In his last regular season writing appearance, departing showrunner Steven Moffat successfully delivered an emotional gut punch featuring multiple callbacks -- and not just to the events of the season or even Capaldi's time in the TARDIS.
"World Enough & Time" and "The Doctor Falls" are perhaps two of the Doctor Who-iest hours of television the series has put forth all season long.
"The Doctor Falls" has much going on that is of note, with the season's better-than-average visuals propping it up, some cool Cybermen battles, more than a few creepy moments, and a real "wow" of a final scene.
Capaldi simply shines this week. His Doctor has never had a better episode, filled with emotion and defiance.
Capaldi, Simm and Gomez are of course divine together. Peter Capaldi is magnificent as ever. This is truly his episode. His Doctor may fall but he stands tall among stiff competition.
I was overjoyed, on watching the confrontation between the three Timelords, that there was no soundtrack aside from the dialogue and some gentle birdsong. It was an example of less-is-more that I don't think I've seen equalled in Doctor Who.
I wouldn't class The Doctor Falls as an entirely successful season finale, but I do think it's an interesting one, and an hour of television not without real impact.