Reviewed By: Mercury
Review Date: 5/10/19 2:24 pm
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Moffatt does it again - takes a potentially great storyline with a brilliantly acted Doctor and high production values and spoils it with ludicrous plot choices.
Number one is the undoing of a main character death YET AGAIN. Clara, who was killed 2 episodes earlier is saved by the Doctor usurping Rassilon and getting the Timelords to allow him to remove her from the moment of death, supposedly to gain information before returning her to her death but he then escapes with her! Moffatt reverses the apparent deaths of companions and/or the Doctor an unbelievable 34 times in his 83 episodes as Showrunner!!! Absolutely bonkers and lame storywriting as well as cowardly in not ever standing by killing off a character. The manner in which this is done with the Doctor meddling with time, abusing Timelord technology and using a gun to shoot a Timelord who had just been helping him make this even worse! It is so out of character for the Doctor (apart from Moffatt's era when his character is made to mess with time recklessly several times and the Colin Baker era when John Nathan Turner had the Doctor turning violent). It also brings a lame culmination of all the build up of yet another silly long term story arc from Moffatt. Incredibly Moffatt's story arcs in 4 of his first 5 series involved prophecies - the TARDIS exploding, the death at Lake Silencio, the death at Trenzalore and now the Hybrid - and this Hybrid prophecy arc ends with a vague idea that the Doctor was running from a notion he might bring destruction to the Timelords, more vague ideas that the Hybrid may be Ashildr, Clara or a combination of them and an inexplicable idea the Timelords would keep the Doctor in a prison for 2 billion years just to get an answer to a question of what he knows about the Hybrid without ever directly asking him! Then a few words from him causes the overthrow of Rassilon and a suggestion Clara has information on the hybrid causes the Timelords to allow him to take her from her moment of death.
Not content with that, Moffatt also throws in lots of other messy story elements and meddles with the Doctor's history a little bit. He not only causes the Doctor to act totally out of character he overly complicates things and has a muddled idea about 'the Hybrid' that just does not really work.
Clara's return is cheap but it also is compounded by the way she then goes off in a TARDIS with Ashildr/Me. Having been a reckless companion with a invincibility/superiority complex which lead to her demise she again gets away with it and then is handed a TARDIS so she goes off convinced she is some sort of superhero! This would be a dangerous turn of events unleashing 2 reckless people with the power of travelling around all of time and space.
All the great acting, spectacle, excitement, humour and drama of this episode is high quality and should make this a terrific finale but Moffatt's storytelling lets things down badly once more so this sadly for me can be no higher than 4/10.