This week finds DOCTOR WHO S10 reaching its halfway point in Extremis.
BBC’s official description reads thusly:
In the Haereticum – the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy – there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth?
The episode is one of four S10 adventures scripted by current WHOmaster Steven Moffat, and will see the return of Michelle Gomez’s ‘Missy'/'Master.’ This appearance, according to a recent interview with Radio Times, will be among her last performances on DOCTOR WHO. In fact, given that we know John Simm’s Tennant era ‘Master’ will also be appearing this Season/Series, it would seem conceivable that Extremis might well mark Gomez’s final bow in the role.
Daniel Nettheim will helm Extremis, marking his first directorial effort on DW since S9’s The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion. If the team-up of Nettheim and Sir Moffsalot is to best last week’s atmospherically unnerving, allegorically rich Oxygen - an installment giddily evocative of vintage and ‘classic’ DOCTOR WHO - both talents will need to bring their ‘A Game’ to Extremis. The stakes are high but the possibilities are immense. I can’t wait to see what we get here.
Will the Doctor’s eyesight, lost in his exposure to the vacuum of space last week, return this week? Or, will my theory that the impending Capaldi regeneration will be a slow burn, torturous affair be borne out? With his failure to regenerate eyesight being the first stage in a regeneration that will be presented as something of a critical illness...
Will we learn more about who, or what, is in that vault? Or about whatever oath the Doctor took which is (supposedly) keeping shackled to Earth? If so, how will any of this impact Capaldi's remaining tenure as the Doctor? So many questions - so much to mull and imagine!
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