Needless: SPOILER WARNING
If you don’t know that by now…. 🙂
Here’s what I was expecting.
The Ministry of Truth (in Newspeak, Minitrue) is the propaganda ministry. As with the other ministries in the novel, the name Ministry of Truth is a misnomer because in reality it serves the opposite: it is responsible for any necessary falsification of historical events.
As well as administering truth, the ministry spreads a new language amongst the populace called Newspeak, in which, for example, “truth” is understood to mean statements like 2 + 2 = 5 when the situation warrants. In keeping with the concept of doublethink, the ministry is thus aptly named in that it creates/manufactures “truth” in the Newspeak sense of the word.
1984 By George Orwell was a revelation to me in 10th Grade. I was expecting Who meets Orwell.
I think I expected too much of a Saturday Night Family Show.
I got some of it. But it was all watered down.
The resolution that it was Bill memory of her Mother that saved the world is sweet, and very Moffatt using the Photo gag as a plot device later, but I just don’t buy it. Sorry.
They needed Huey Lewis and “The Power Of Love” at that moment.
Maybe I’m too cynical. Wouldn’t be the first time. 🙂
I was not impressed by this episode. Sorry.
I knew Bill was the linchpin, she had to be for a psychic conqueror, they needed her as the template to feed off of.
What saved this episode from it’s plodding is the performances.
Pearl Mackie was fantastic. She really is a fantastic young actress. Her character is actually very believable and very good. She handled the first part of the episode all by herself very well. Placing Bill at the center of that story instantly recalls episodes like “The Last Of The Time Lords” and “Turn Left,” which similarly forced companions to endure hellish journeys through broken alternate worlds.
Too bad about the external SJW hoo-hah that clouds her.
Nardole was good in this one, but he’s still under-utilized. He’s the 3rd Banana in a 2 Banana hander. But he has wit and charm and just a hint of dangerous, much like his one time employer who had more than a hint. 🙂
Michelle Gomez is great. She really sells the remorse of so many lives being one of the great megalomaniacs of the universe. But she is there to do the plot exposition also and TELL the audience the solution so that it can be wrapped up neatly.
I will miss Missy when she goes after this series.
Peter Capaldi is MAGNIFICENT. As an actor I don’t that we really ever have had such quality. He really sells it at the beginning when you are supposed to believe he’s gone “bad” and that he is just trying to make the best of a bad situation and he lectures Bill about humanity’s shortcomings.
His argument to Bill is brilliantly constructed, as a lot of the individual aspects of it are true—history warns against fascism and fundamentalism, humanity keeps making the same mistakes over and over, feel free to mix in present-day applicability as you feel appropriate but then they just stop.
To make this the actual, unaltered Doctor would be to violate the core of the character, so the episode has two options: Either the Doctor is faking it, or his mind has been altered by the Monk’s. Maybe in a way that brings his worst, most cowardly impulses to the forefront, so what we’re seeing is at least a version of the Doctor, or maybe outright control by the Monks. But those are the choices.
If I weren’t already cynical and very experienced in TV Drama you could almost believe it but you know it violates the very tenets of the show which would be a daring and risky thing to do (much riskier than “the first gay companion”).
Having the Doctor reveal it was all a trick to test Bill wasn’t working for the Monks lets a ton of air out of the story, as we immediately switch from Bill and Nardole facing the prospect of saving the world without the Doctor to the Doctor reestablished as damn close to all-knowing and all-powerful, so brilliant are his stratagems.
6 Months! He seemingly was going to wait forever for Bill to show up so he could test her and show off. Really? No wonder it was Nardole’s plan. He was probably getting bored of it all. It wasn’t like there was a long protracted and difficult jail break or anything…
Oh, and he has his sight back so that last all of what 2 episodes…
So this is the “early regeneration” footage origins. I knew it was con job from the beginning just because it’s Moffat.
The Moff Lies.
I will look forward to Chibnall taking over next year because he will be a new unpredictable element.
But I want to know if this Fake Regeneration counts, like the Vanity Regeneration did. I’m a Doctor Who fan. I’m an obsessive one, to boot. I want to know!
Peter’s Reckless Doctor is great. But his recklessness and over- confidence is going to get him killed. 🙂 Just like it did his former companion. He is headed for the same destination. Only Chris Chibnall will not undo it two episodes later.
Overall, this episode was massive “You mean that’s it?” I waited 3 episodes for that?!
The Monks turned out to be all style over substance.
I guess an Orwellian Dystopic Tease is all we get. 😦
And now it’s onto THE ICE WARRIORS, John Simm’s Master, and MONDASIAN CYBERMEN… Out with the New in with the Old… 🙂