Hey there! This is the last part of my three-part look back on Doctor Who series 9, covering Sleep No More, Face the Raven, Heaven Sent and Hell Bent. If you want to look at the other parts of the review, then check out the Doctor Who tag. Hope you enjoy!
Doctor Who last year, frankly, wasn’t very good.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of good things to be said about it – Capaldi was a fantastic choice to play a darker Doctor, Jenna Coleman got an actual character to play, and it had many entertaining episodes. Overall though, it was a bit of a mess, a show that couldn’t quite decide whether it wanted to be a show where the Doctor can talk a robot to suicide or a show that featured the Doctor swordfighting Robin Hood with a spoon.
I’m happy to say that series 9 not only is a return to form, but one of the most consistently Very Good seasons since the return of the show. But it does raise one problem:
The Problem with Reviewing Two-Parters
Series 9 used an interesting spin on the show’s formula by having two-thirds of the series be two-part episodes, with one three-parter and only one single-episode story. This works on a number of levels, as it gives more time for characters and concepts to develop effectively and it can create a more detailed story. However, it also means that it is difficult to decide whether to judge each episode individually or the story. If the second part is amazing, can I ignore a lacklustre setup? It’s a difficult question to answer, but I’ll be judging these story-by-story. It just seems like the best way to go about it.
SPOILERS WILL BE AHEAD. SPOILERS STRAX IS WARNING YOU.