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10.6 - Extremis

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/12/17 4:40 am
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Still dealing with his recent blindness, the Doctor is called in by the Vatican to investigate a mysterious writing known as the Veritas. Anyone who reads it goes mad and kills themselves.

This is a superb mid-season story that's framed by the decision that has left the Doctor Eartbound for 1,000 years. While there are problems with this reason, it does explain much of what's happened throughout Series 10 while also tying together with the story to make up the theme of this episode.

The story moves at a superb pace with great acting by the regulars. Peter Capaldi, in particular, is brilliant. THe plot has two or three great twists near the end that set the stage for the rest of the story.

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Reviewed By: DalekbusterScreen5ReviewsReview Date: 6/10/17 8:19 pm
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Three parters are a strange beast for the new series of Doctor Who. The first parts either act as prequels to the second and third episode or a totally unconnected story, and whether they even count as 'three parters' is always a hot topic for discussion in the Whovian fandom. Personally I tend to count the prequel-part two-part three structure as a three part and the 'unconnected story' structure as something separate. That means Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey's End and Name/Day/Time Of The Doctor are not three parters in my book, but Utopia/The Sound Of Drums/Last Of The Time Lords on the other hand certainly is.

Extremis/The Pyramid At The End Of The World/The Lie Of The Land counts too.



The strange thing is that whilst all three are a part of the same story, at the same time they explore three completely different areas of science fiction. The first part, Extremis, is set inside a Matrix-style computer simulation run by the Monks as a way to plan a successful invasion of Earth. Pyramid At The End of The World, meanwhile, is an apocalyptic episode where the Monks are using the approaching doomsday as leverage to persuade the United Nations and leaders of the three most powerful armies in the world - America, Russia and China - to give consent for the Monks to invade. The Lie of The Land, meanwhile, is set in an alternate dystopian world where the Monks have been given consent and Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) are the only ones who know the truth.




It's a clever format for the three parter, and a great way to keep things fresh. Unfortunately it feels like the three parter could have been more easily a two parter, as the first part Extremis fails to deliver the exciting promise of its hook: a book that tells its reader the truth of the world they live in, and all those who read it commit suicide upon their discovery.



It sounds like a relatively simple and exciting premise, but the computer simulation angle results in a confusing mess and is a case of Steven Moffat trying to be too clever. It's not entirely clear how much of the episode is a simulation and how much is real, and the climax doesn't make a great deal of sense as it relies on the simulated Doctor (Peter Capaldi) using email to contact the real Doctor, despite the simulated world not being real. The email received by the real Doctor is ridiculously unspecific - two words: 'save them'. What's the real Doctor supposed to make to that? Why not 'The Monks want to invade the Earth'? And how does the real Doctor know about Bill and Penny's (Ronke Adekoluejo) date? Was the real Doctor watching the simulation through his Sonic Shades? Even so, how would he see Bill and Penny's date? The simulated Doctor wasn't there to record it.



The flashback sequences with Missy (Michelle Gomez) are the most interesting here. These see Missy placed on trial by an unnamed species, and the Doctor is her executioner. This should have been Extremis's main story as it is much more engaging than the over-complicated computer simulation plot and placing the Doctor as Missy's executioner plays well with the character's compassion and long-standing frenemy relationship with The Master. It also contains one of Michelle Gomez's best performances as Missy, her portrayal toned down compared to Series 8 and Series 9 and veering even closer to Degaldo's Master. Michelle Gomez gives another outstanding portrayal in The Lie Of The Land that actually leads you into feeling sympathetic towards Missy as she claims to regret her past villainous acts (although it's probably a ruse to trick the Doctor into trusting his friend again).
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/22/17 2:11 pm
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Wow.....just...just wow. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting out of this story given the trailers I saw but this certainly wasn't it....in a very good way. Steven Moffat said specifically of this episode that this one was his "last chance to see how far you can bend this show before it breaks”. Needless to say, I would say that he has certainly accomplished that extremely well and a result we get one of the most insanely twisting stories I have ever seen Doctor Who pull off successfully with surprises big and small all through its running time.

With the Doctor still dealing with his unexpected malady from the previous story, the Vatican and the Pope himself come knocking on his door about a mysterious book called 'The Veritas' hidden away in the Vatican archives. Anyone who reads this book or the translation of said book commits suicide and thus the Doctor is called upon to investigate and read the text himself. In the midst of all of this, we get intercut flashbacks to an incident involving the Doctor and Missy which answers a lot of questions about this series (including what's actually inside the mysterious Vault which isn't really a surprise but is nice to know) and we get a brilliant set up to the future with one of the biggest and most interesting twists an episode has ever pulled off with so much more to come. There's so much going on in this episode and you can sort of tell this is the first of a three part trilogy with its plot and pacing.

However, Moffat thankfully does the smart thing and allows the episode to take its time with its atmosphere and story for which it truly excels. It draws you in subtly but smoothly with its mystery until the big shocks happen and you can't look away. The cinematography and sets are theatrically grand in every sense with Vatican archives straight out of big budget movies like 'Angels and Demons' with much of the same feel. The monsters of this story in the Monks felt genuinely creepy in a Mummy kind of way with blood-red robes and corpse-like bodies and faces giving them a terrifying look. They get some dark moments in this one including a suspenseful and nightmarish chase through the archives and I'm genuinely excited to see and find out more about them in future episodes. We also get great dialogue, some hilarious lines and moments back to other episodes (“domestic bliss on Darillium” from Missy in particular was a nice touch), and growing intrigue and suspense about the Doctor himself and his current state.

Needless to say despite the somewhat lop-sided lurch from single stories back to multi-parted epics (though this one could easily work on its own) and some really deep and dizzying Matrix style twists that may lose some fans, I simply adored and loved this story. A lot of it could be just my personal tastes kicking in as I know it hit a lot of the right buttons for me that it may not for others but this one feels like a high mark for the season so far. Part 2 has a lot to follow-up on to say the least and I certainly can't wait.

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Reviewed By: TakeTheType40Review Date: 5/21/17 2:03 am
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INCREDIBLE! After a few weak episodes and a few mediocre ones, Extremis is a breath of fresh air!