We have arrived at the season finale, folks, and…well, I wish I could say that lots happened, but this has been such a lackluster season that it wouldn’t really be true. Still, there were some interesting concepts explored in this episode, and spoilers about all of them await any who venture further.
Remember the Stenza warrior from “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” not-so-affectionately dubbed Tim Shaw? Well, we found out what happened to him. He never actually made it back to his own planet, instead arriving on Ranskoor Av Kolos and being mistaken for a god. The locals just happen to be a race that is capable of creating and building anything with the power of their thoughts, making them the perfect vehicle for his revenge. But Tim isn’t the only one looking for revenge; Graham has learned the man responsible for his wife’s death is here…and he doesn’t care what the Doctor thinks about revenge.
This episode still had some of the bland bits that have been a problem with season 11, but on the whole I think I liked it. Yes, it wasn’t as epic as “Doomsday”, “Journey’s End”, “The Big Bang”, or “The Doctor Falls”, but it wasn’t the completely terrible mess that earlier episodes this season have been. Tim actually felt menacing in this episode, and Andinio and Delph were two representrally atives of a fascinating species that I hope we see in future episodes. I wish they had found a way to follow up with the Timeless Child plot thread from “The Ghost Monument”, though. Perhaps that will come in season 12, which, we learned, definitely will not be arriving until 2020. Granted, I haven’t really liked Jodie Whittaker, but I still think it’s a mistake to put the new Doctor on hiatus so soon after she arrived.
Since this was the season finale, there won’t be any new reviews for a few weeks. We do, however, have the New Year’s special “Resolution” to look forward to.
Please be Daleks, please be Daleks…