“Never be cruel, never be cowardly. […] Remember – hate is always foolish… and love is always wise. […] Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind.”
These are the powerful words the 12th Doctor gives advice to his next incarnation right before his regeneration. This Christmas Special of Doctor Who was broadcasted on the British television and in selected cinemas worldwide. But before I get into this episode, here is a short summary of this over 50-year-old show:
The Doctor, an alien with the outer appearance of a human, flies through time and space in his spaceship that looks like a classic British Police Box called TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) and saves the innocent and battles various alien species. He nearly always gets help from human companions that are traveling with him as well as people from the different places and time periods. After adventuring for a while, the Doctor has to change his appearance by regenerating into a different presence. The first episode aired on the 23rd November 1963 and the show has been going strong ever since.
Now to Doctor Who “Twice Upon a Time”:
After the heartbreaking finale of the 10th season of BBC’s Doctor Who, this year’s Christmas Special is all about accepting that good thing always have an end. The Doctor refuses to regenerate and accidentally meet himself, in his original form. Both men are confused at this situation and become even more puzzled when a British soldier from World War I appears at the South Pole. After a mysterious woman made out of glass appears and wants to take the soldier back to his original timeline in order for him to be killed in battle and the Doctor’s dead companion Bill Potts is suddenly very much alive, the two Doctors have to solve this dilemma while also figuring out why they don’t want to change and regenerate.
With the inclusion of David Bradley as the 1st Doctor and the comeback of characters from previous seasons, the timeline of Capaldi’s Doctor goes full-circle and makes the end of this Doctor feel complete.
Before this episode, every Doctor has been portrayed by a male actor. As the BBC announced in July that the 13th Doctor would be a female, the fandom had a mostly positive and warm response. Jodie Whittaker, most known for her role in the show ”Broadchurch”, had her first scene in “Doctor Who” in this episode after the very emotional regeneration of the 12th Doctor.
With this episode, two very important men leave the long-running show. Peter Capaldi, who played the Doctor for the last three years, and Steven Moffat, executive producer of the series since 2009, had their last episode. Taking over as the showrunner is Chris Chibnall, who already wrote episodes for “Doctor Who” and it’s spin-off “Torchwood” in the past.
Especially the music as well the color stand out in this episode and make the sentimental scenes that visualized the Christmas Truce of 1914 even more touching.
This episode is a brilliant end to the era of Capaldi’s Doctor and gives Whittaker a blank slate for her interpretation of the iconic role.
RATING: 4.5/ 5 stars Written By – ReviewGeek