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This story is going to be the one to divide opinions. As we have already seen, many love it, many hate it. Where I do stand? I personally liked it more than most. A lot are saying that it is the worst finale we've ever seen, clearly they haven't seen Hell Bent. I think that as a New Who finale, it flops. But it really reminded me of a Classic Who finale. It's like how the Daleks were back for the finale for Classic Series 4, how the UNIT arc and the Metebelis arc are resolved in Planet of the Spiders, how the CVEs were resolved in Logopolis, how the Doctor finally got Tegan back to Heathrow at the end of Time-Flight. It's small arcs like that. Here, it's T'zim Sha and Grace's death that's tied up.
So, we got T'zim Sha back. Most groaned at this, and I did at first. But I didn't mind that much after because it bookends the series quite nicely. However, I'm not keen on his returning. I believe that the adversary the Doctor meets in their first episode shouldn't come back unless they are popular or already a returning monster. For example, the K1 never returned after Robot, Mestor never returned after The Twin Dilemma, the Sycorax never returned after The Christmas Invasion (albeit Big Finish and cameo appearances), the Atraxi never appeared after The Eleventh Hour and the Clockwork Man never appeared after Deep Breath. I think T'zim Sha is one of the better villains this series, but I wouldn't want him to return again.
The visuals are great and the music is quite good, very menacing. That's been the real good thing this series, the great quality of the visuals and the amazing music by Segun Akinola.
My main gripe with the story is the writing. This story is literally a carbon copy of The Pirate Planet and The Stolen Earth. The plot is pirated from The Pirate Planet and stolen from The Stolen Earth. I am all for reusing ideas, but this one just goes too far. Not to mention that the first ten minutes was boring as heck and I never really got a sense of threat through it.
The acting this series has ranged from amazing to poor. I didn't like Mark Addy, as he looked so much like he was just reciting lines. However, Phyllis Logan was alright and it's good to see her acting range.
As for the regulars, Jodie just shines. She's amazing and probably one of my favourite Doctors. Graham is great, best companions this year. However, Ryan's character is never pinned down. He's inconsistently written and his dyspraxia is forgotten about after Arachnids in the UK. Yaz is likable, but her character is bland and boring. She needs to be written out as soon as possible because her character cannot be saved.
So as a story, it's alright, above average. Not the best of the series but certainly not the worst.
Overall, Series 11 has been a mixed bucket. The best thing about it is the variety we've had. In the Moffat era, all the stories were the same flavour and were all the same in a way (Series 6 is a prime example). Every episode has been different and I love that.
1. Rosa - 9.5/10
2. The Witchfinders - 9.5/10
3. Kerblam! - 8.5/10
4. Demons of the Punjab - 7.5/10
5. The Woman Who Fell To Earth - 7/10
6. The Ghost Monument - 6.5/10
7. The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos - 6/10
8. The Tsuranga Conundrum - 4/10
9. Arachnids in the UK - 3/10
10. It Takes You Away - 2/10