We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
Death in Heaven
By Steven Moffat
After the big reveal in Dark Water that Missy was The Master we are now onto the second part of the series 8 finale. Usually the second part of the series finales or series finales in general have fallen short and not delivered on the hype built up by the first part. Doctor Who has been a good example of this most recently with The Wedding of River Song which was not all that good. It seems in NuWho that the show runners like to go for the big gusto and try to cram a lot of stuff into the finales and that has always hurt the story for the most part even if the newer fans go crazy for it. So did Death in Heaven fall into the disappointing category?
My opinion on Death in Heaven for the most part I enjoyed it and thought it was one of the better series finales in a long time. I enjoyed seeing the Cybermen flying and adding that element to their arsenal made them that more menacing. Just watching them attack the airplane was pretty creepy. Also having them taking dead people and making them Cybermen was frightening if not a bit creepy. I liked seeing them popping out of the ground at the cemeteries. It was definitely a different feel to the Cybermen as the dead had their conscious put back into their new Cyberman body but what was puzzling me was why Danny did not have his emotions suppressed? When he woke up in Chaplets funeral parlor, how many classic Who fans made the connection with Dodo, he seemed to know what was going on and proceeded to save Clara. Was it his love for Clara or was this a result of not pressing delete? I don’t know but it wasn’t really explained either.
I did like the swerve at the beginning with Clara saying she was The Doctor. They even went so far as having Jenna Coleman’s name come first and have her eyes in the opening. I bet a lot of people were screaming “What!” at their TV. I think Moffat is having a good time playing up the female Doctor and with a female Master he must have thought it would be funny to try and get the fans riled up by having Clara say she was The Doctor. If you didn’t think she was doing that to save her life then you got punked by the Moff. I was pretty sure that is what he was doing but there were some at the convention that were taken.
I admit I did like having the Cyberman Brigadier save The Doctor from having to be a killer even if it was really cheesy. He has done this before and this time it was so unexpected that it made me smile with delight that we got to see the Brigadier in action one more time even if it was as a Cyberman. It was such an emotional farewell and send off. It was good to see The Doctor finally say goodbye to his old friend for the last time by giving him the salute he so rightly deserved. It was truly a great moment for Series 8.
Death in Heaven was a very entertaining and gripping story which capped off a wonderful season. Peter Capaldi has definitely come into his own as The Doctor and you can tell that he was born to play The Doctor. Dark Water/Death in Heaven is by far one of my favorite Finales and one of the best in a long time.