The Beginning Of The End…

… starts now. Cue the pointless speculation!

With the TX of WEAT there are only two more Twelvy Episodes before he turns into whoever he’s going to turn into, which will be the next big BBC announcement. Given that filming is getting underway on the Xmas Special as I type this, it can’t be long before the name of Capaldi’s successor either gets leaked or is announced. Perhaps during the Live Q&A after WEAT goes out?

Let’s look back at what The Moff wrote in his Radio Times preview for Series Ten:

Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life.

That can only refer to his pretty bonkers decision to put Missy to the test and have her pretend to be Doctor Who and see how she gets on when given the option of saving the universe instead of destroying it. His friendship with Missy has been a running theme of the Vault Arc this series and it’s clearly intended to be his main character flaw that he hopes for the best in Missy when we all know she’s gonna turn on him first chance she gets…

or will The Moff play against our expectations and actually have Missy almost go to the good until Simmo turns up and convinces her to stay on the dark side? Given that one of the teasers shows the two of them doing what looks like an audition for Strictly Come Dancing, my money’s on Missy almost making it before being tempted back by Simmo.

…he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect.

The general assumption is that this refers to Bill but I’m not so sure we’re in for Kill Bill in WEAT. Admittedly the shots of her in the hospital ward with the topknots look rather ominous, and she does drop some none too subtle hints such as “just don’t get me killed” in the Next Time trailer for WEAT. And who can forget her “…if it kills me” line from the “A Time For Heroes” promo trailer in the library with all the exploding books. But is the Doctor pledged to protect Bill? I don’t think so, but he is under oath to guard Missy’s body for 1,000 years…

So what if it’s Missy who dies and not Bill?

Yes, I know Michelle Gomez is listed in the cast for TDF, but that could be flashbacks, or some sort of timey-wimeyness given that time is passing at two different rates at either end of the ship. We do know, from the BBC America teaser, that Missy and Simmo do at least meet before she snuffs it, if that’s what happens, with time enough to run through their Strictly routine. Perhaps Simmo and Twelvy will have to team up to save Missy instead of Bill?

And it’s not been confirmed that Bill isn’t in Series Eleven, we’ve all just assumed that she won’t be, that The Moff will leave the Doctor on his own for The Chibster just like RTD did for him. But maybe Chibs wants Bill to stay, at least for his first year. Evahbody luvz Bill, so maybe we’re all being misled on purpose. And we know The Moff bottled it when it came to killing off Clara so repeating the same plot points with Bill as Twelvy tries to save her seems a bit unlikely.

And what about Nardole? We know from the opening of The Pilot that his body isn’t his own and is at least partly robotic, so maybe he gets converted into a Cyb? And why are there at least three versions of the Cybermen in the story? Do the Mondas mob upgrade themselves quicker at one end of the ship than the other?

It’s time for the Doctor’s final battle.

Only it isn’t ‘cos he’s still got his final bow at Xmas to go yet, so what does The Moff mean by that?

Only four more days until we start to get some answers!

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One. Week. Left!

…until The Sim Master comes back!

…though what old Simmo is doing on a Mondasian spaceship is anybody’s guess!

The War Master Returns!


The best thing about Series Three’s Utopia was Derek Jacobi’s Master, and in many ways it’s a damn shame he regenerated at the end of the episode, making it his one and only TV outing. So far anyway…

With two incarnations of The Master about to turn up on telly in a couple of weeks to help see off Peter Capaldi’s Twelvy, what better time for Big Finish to publicise their latest New Series recruit than now, ten years to the day since he regenerated into John Simm.

The loss of John Hurt robbed us of more adventures with The War Doctor, so what better way to return to the Time War than with The War Master. If nothing else, in these audio stories the old boy might actually get away with it for a change without Don’t Call Me The Doctor around.

The War Doctor series ended with Doctor Hurt and Leela ready to set off on adventures we will never get to hear. We can only imagine what those adventures might have been had John Hurt lived. But the other side of the conflict, that of the other errant son of Gallifrey, what happened there? We’re about to find out in The War Master Volume One!

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Series Ten Ratings

Here’s how S10 is doing so far ratings-wise… 

…although the numbers are down, everyone’s numbers are down so we shouldn’t read too much into them. These days the Audience Share and the Appreciation Index are much better indicators of how a show is performing, and the recent BBC-China deal told us we were good for another 5 years anyway,  so no need to panic!



UPDATE:  #Regenerategate

Having teased us with the question of Who or What was in the vault, the Moff then goes on to make his triumph over the fanboys complete by pranking them with the tease of shots of an early regeneration in the trailers, with the reveal in the episode that in fact it was no such thing.

Which would be fine if we hadn’t already been down this road before – twice – with DWM turning Paul McGann into Nicholas Briggs and RTD having David Tennant regenerate into David Tennant. For Twelvy to pull the same stunt here just doesn’t work, and not just because we’ve seen it done better before. Diegetically, once Bill has shot him there’s no need for Twelvy to continue the test, so the only reason he engages in a biological firework display is for the non-diegetic reason that The Moff knows the fanboys will go ape over it. Naughty Moff!

And if you’re a fan there are some questions that it throws up that the episode fails to answer. Even though it’s only fans that care about this sort of thing, and hopefully they will get an answer in Moff’s DWM column before he leaves, they’re worth going over:

So can a regeneration be self-induced now? Isn’t that a bit like Time Lord suicide? And if the whole thing was a set-up, how did Richard know that Monk would walk through the door just as he was about to check Bill’s ID?

And most glaringly of all, why the hell doesn’t Bill comment on the regeneration that wasn’t? Okay, so she’s still in shock from being fraped but you’d think she would at least mention Twelvy going all November the 5th after she shot him. But she doesn’t. WTF?


The Master Returns!


He’s got The Beard!

The Two Masters!

Never mind all the sadness of Capaldi’s impending regeneration, or the anticipation of the return of the Mondas Cybermen, following The Moff’s warning at the recent screening of The Pilot, fandom was scratching it’s collective head as to what the Mega Spoiler at the end of episode one was going to be…

until today.

Was it going to be a cameo of River and Eleven at the frost fair in episode three?


Was it Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter?


Was it Susan, the Doctor’s Granddaughter?


Was it Polly, turning up to help defeat the Mondas Cybs in the finale?


So what could this mega-spoiler possibly be?

Well, it was this:



I bet nobody saw that one coming, I certainly didn’t!

Can’t wait to see how Simm and Gomez are going to get on together…

Exciting as the news is, Whopix can’t help thinking that perhaps two incarnations of the Master and the Mondas Cybermen in the series finale  is maybe a bit much? Having Simm and Gomez on screen together would make a two-part finale on its own, and the idea of having two incarnations of the Master meeting each other has been done before…

And if the BBC Publicity Dept hadn’t stuck Simm in the trailer, I wonder how much longer they would have managed to keep his inclusion under wraps? We haven’t had a real surprise reveal since Derek Jacobi told us who he really was in Utopia

Despite being comprehensively spoiled by the Press, fandom can at least hold its collective breath for the next eleven weeks until in antici…pation of Simm’s return to the show, and wonder just how the Simm incarnation of the Master is going to get along with the Gomez incarnation of the Master…

…as well as wondering just how two Masters are tied up with whatever the Mondas Cybermen are up to. Still, not long to wait and now we know the last two episode titles…!