Bedlam wrote:The final bit, well I don't see why this version of the doctor is so suicidal and / or afraid of moving on. Has he previously been shown to be so clingy?
Ten wasted a whole regeneration just because he didn't want to change his appearance and personality; Twelve's little freakout is nothing
Going back to the classic series, Four clearly wasn't too pleased about the prospect of an imminent regeneration, but by the time it actually happened there wasn't a whole lot he could have to to prevent it, seeing how he'd just been dropped 200ft from a radio telescope. And it just so happens that One was originally scripted to spend his final moments refusing to give in to his imminent regeneration, but there wasn't time enough to record the line, which ended up completely altering the mood of his regeneration scene. Makes me wonder if Moffat found out this little tidbit, and decided to make an entire episode around it.
Ten didn't waste a regeneration doing that, he would have regenerated regardless, he just made this particular regeneration turn into himself. That said their is a qualitative difference between ten's reluctance and twelve's. Ten refused to change face because of "vanity" and attachment to the current incarnation, twelve looks like he is doing so because he is fed up of regenerating in general. Knowing moffat, I wouldn't be surprised if next episode he goes back and prevents himself from having ever changed face, and his history changes so all doctor appearances up till now have been Hartnell's doctor.
bilateralrope wrote:Missey and The Master killing each other was good. The Master using a weapon that he claims will prevent regeneration was not. Is Moffat really expecting future authors to never want to use a future regeneration of The Master ?
The two other big things that annoyed me were:
- Adding the fully metal cybermen.
- Water girl being someone else that can easily fly the TARDIS. Probably better than the Doctor because she didn't have any trouble around a black hole.
According to moffat (in DWM I think), every master story should preferably end with him dying, and the next master episode should include him coming back again with no explanation of how he got out of it last time. He broke that rule this episode though, since he did explain how Simm's Master got out of Gallifrey.
In terms of the water girl flying the TARDIS out of the black hole, the doctor never said he would have a problem with that, he just said he would have a problem landing
it further up (the master would have been fine leaving too with a spare circuit). Presumably when he landed it there to start with it was either by getting lucky or locking onto the distress signal. In relation to what someone else said in this, I thought about the impossible planet too, but that was in a much less severe time dilation gradient by the looks of it, that might have had something to do with it.