Doctor Who Review: Death in Heaven
Best Moment: Pretty much anything with Missy. Let’s face it, she stole the show.
Verdict: Hmm, not sure what to say about this episode. Parts of it were really good. As I said earlier, I did very much enjoy Missy. But there were parts of it that felt like filler. As lovely as it is to hear from Unit, that whole aeroplane sequence felt like a way to pad out the episode. Sure, it’s fun to see the Doctor as President of Earth and escaping from crashing planes, but really was there any reason for it, other than as an exciting set piece?
Despite the filler, the ending felt very unfinished. Missy was killed rather suddenly, but it’s already been established that she will return and Cyber-Danny helps save the day. Yet again, love conquers all, as far as the Cybermen are concerned. Well, so long as you’re a semi-important part of the Who-verse. Apparently all the other Cybermen-zombies had no one to help them remember their humanity.
Danny returning the child he had shot would have been a great scene if it didn’t feel so rushed. As for Clara’s predicament, wow, that’s a bummer. There’s been a lot of speculation that Clara is pregnant with Danny Pink’s child. That would certainly fit in with the events of Listen, but makes it no less a bummer, especially that goodbye between her and the Doctor. Obviously, we’ll see more from the two of them in the Christmas special- at least, if Nick Frost’s Santa is to be believed.
Overall, I haven’t been too thrilled with Clara’s story. This whole season has been about the “great love affair” between Danny and Clara. The thing is, we’re never present for the supposed love affair. All we’ve seen have been Clara running away with the Doctor, and lying to Danny about it. Where’s the relationship I’m supposed to be rooting for?
It’s interesting that just as Clara became a fully three-dimensional character this season, she also became rather unlikeable. And now this ending for her. Wow. Well, they wanted to achieve dark, and that’s what they got.
I should say that none of this means I hated the Doctor Who finale. It was overall a fun ride, and I look forward to the Christmas special, but I do feel like it could have been so much better. I will add that in addition to the return to Missy next season, I am also hearing whisperings that there will be a return to serialised stories. Yes please! As much as I enjoy Moffat’s work, he really needs to quit the whole season-long arc, it just hasn’t seemed to work for Who in a very long time.