Extremis, one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes is up for viewing on the blog this week, and I enjoyed the experience of the revisit. Written by Steven Moffat, the episode debuted on 20 May, 2017.
The Doctor (Capaldi) is still blind after the events of last week, but that doesn’t seem to stop him from attempting to take on the adventure this week. It also fills out a lot of background for the series, including the revelation that it is Missy (Michelle Gomez) in the Vault, and explains why Nardole (Matt Lucas) travels with him.
There is a lot going on, but the story itself centres on a document known as Veritas. Everyone who reads it kills themselves, and now someone has loaded it online, where everyone can read it.
Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole find themselves caught up in things, after the Vatican approaches the Time Lord about investigating the Veritas.
There are some fun character moments for everyone in the episode, but the further it goes along, the more terrifying and intriguing the episode gets. There is also some wonderful concepts at work, like the idea that the Doctor is actually watching the episode with us.
It also lays out some great lines which will stay with the series until the finale, a collection of lines that will define him. It also introduces the nefarious Monks.
I love how this one plays out, it is classic Moffat, the reveals when they happen are fantastic, and show what a Doctor Who story can do.
The Pyramid at the End of the World was written by Moffat that first aired on 20 May, 2017.
It ties in directly with Extremis and continues to portray the Doctor blind.
The Time Lord and his Companions are summoned by the UN as the next step of the Monks’ invasion takes effect. In a war zone, an ancient 5.000 year old pyramid has just appeared.
Inside, the Monks are manipulating things, telling the world that humans will cause the destruction of themselves and the planet without their help.
As the end of the world looms, caused by the most unlikely of incidents (a night out, and broken reading glasses) it leads one to think how often little things precipitate a large change.
The Monks’ invasion plan is different from any that have been shown before in Doctor Who, and suggests that humanity may be willing to see itself put in a gilded cage, if it wants to survive.
As destruction looms, Earth lets go of its fear and power consents, handing it over to the Monks, leaving us with a cliffhanger that won’t be resolved until next week, when the Doctor investigates the Lie of the Land and tries to save the Earth (again).