So here we are again, plummeting into one of the most perilous and frustrating circumstances in DOCTOR WHO fandom: that long, HAT-filled pause between a whopping and provocative set-up, and whatever resolution lies ahead.
In this case the wait will be roughly 5 and 1/2 months. Far too long long a pause for a show whose schedule is already hinky and diffuse, and a piss poor way to maintain and expand a sometimes fickle fan base. But these are old topics which are probably not worth kicking around once more (for the moment, at least)...
As we’ve seen over and over again across the span of 2005+ DW, the ‘resolutions’ for which we wait often do not pay off as fully…or resonate as loudly…as the splashy, mind-bending cliffhangers which spawned them. Will Team Moff stick the landing this time around?
In this case, the cliffhanger was a whopper: at the end of The Doctor Falls, a beleaguered and war-weary Capaldi Doctor…fending off active regeneration with contempt and fervor…comes face to face with the 1st incarnation of the Doctor - a role originally portrayed by William Hartnell, now assumed by David Bradley.
In a delightfully twisted bit of meta casting, Bradley once played William Hartnell portraying the 1st Doctor in 2013’s AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME.
The 1st Doctor’s dialogue in The Doctor Falls is interesting. It’s never really clear whether he’s attempting to encourage Capaldi Doc towards regeneration, or supporting his pushing it back as much a possible. The inference seems to be the first possibility, but there is room for interpretation to be sure.
Our GENERAL DISCUSSION BOARD, spanning the long void until DOCTOR WHO’s Christmas return, is now open.
Be sure to check the ongoing discussion thread for images, videos, and newslets pertaining to the Christmas special, happenings in the general WHOverse, and more. As previously indicated, huge news - the casting of the next Doctor, Chib-era newsbits and info, etc. - may well receive their own discussion threads here as well. For the sake of organization, I’d suggest making this thread the primary home base for DW discussion here. Whatever the case, HAVE FUN! As always…
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