Doctor Who: Season 10 Episode 12 Reviews

Ross Ruediger
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
February 7, 2019

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Noam Cohen
Top Critic
July 3, 2017

A dramatic and satisfying finale.

Nivea Serrao
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
July 3, 2017

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.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alasdair Wilkins
AV Club
Top Critic
July 3, 2017

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.

Full Review | Original Score: A
James Whitbrook
May 14, 2018

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.

Andrew Husband
July 5, 2017

"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.

Zoe Delahunty-Light
SFX Magazine
July 5, 2017

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kathleen Wiedel
TV Fanatic
July 3, 2017

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.2/5
Kaitlin Thomas
July 3, 2017

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.

Kevin Yeoman
July 3, 2017

"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.

Scott Collura
IGN Movies
July 3, 2017

"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.

Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
Daniel Jackson
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 3, 2017

Capaldi simply shines this week. His Doctor has never had a better episode, filled with emotion and defiance.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Patrick Mulkern
Radio Times
July 3, 2017

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Martin
July 3, 2017

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.

Simon Brew
Den of Geek
June 29, 2017

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.