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It’s been a week since Series 12 of ‘Doctor Who’ ended with ‘The Timeless Children’. So now is a good time to share my final thoughts on the season overall. I will be sharing these thoughts when it comes to doing my full-on detailed reviews of Series 12 of ‘Doctor Who’, which I hope I’ll be doing pretty soon.
Anyway, I greatly enjoyed Series 12 of ‘Doctor Who’. Do I think it’s a better season than Series 11? Well, in some ways yes and in some ways no. Like I said in a previous review, I did feel the episodes were a mixed bag. It’s the beginning and the end of the season that has helped to make it feel so good.
With the two-part stories ‘Spyfall’ and ‘Ascension of the Cybermen’/’The Timeless Children’ keeping the series alive, especially with appearances of the Master; the Cybermen and the reveal of ‘the timeless children’, I found Series 12 worthwhile. I was pretty thrilled by what went on in those two stories.
I did feel ‘Praxeus’ was a let-down for me as well as ‘The Haunting of Villa Diodati’ since I consider them as missed opportunities. This especially in connection to the Big Finish audios of ‘Doctor Who’. But in spite of my issues, it seems ‘The Haunting of Villa Diodati’ has done well, judging by the reactions of the critics and the fans.
My favourite episodes of Series 12 have to be the aforementioned ‘Spyfall’ and ‘Ascension of the Cybermen’/’The Timeless Children’ as well as ‘Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror’ and ‘Can You Hear Me?’. ‘Orphan 55’, whilst it has problems, was still a really entertaining episode for me to watch throughout.
‘Fugitive of the Judoon’ was a mind-blower of an episode for me with the introduction of Jo Martin as an earlier incarnation of the Doctor as well as the return of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness. I wonder if Captain Jack will return to the show again as well as some more companions from the past.
Sacha Dhawan’s Master was a thrill for me every time I saw him in ‘Doctor Who’ and his scenes with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor were spell-bounding. I like the new Cybermen in the form of the Cyber Warriors with meshes of previous Cyber designs as well as that Borg-like look for the Lone Cyberman.
Of course the highpoint of Series 12 for me was Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor as well as Bradley Walsh as Graham, Tosin Cole as Ryan and Mandip Gill as Yaz. Whilst I don’t feel Graham, Ryan and Yaz have had an episode dedicated to each of them, at least they’ve remained being the Doctor’s friends throughout Series 12.
At least ‘Can You Hear Me?’ was an episode dedicated to those four characters and exploring them individually. Jodie Whittaker has been able to shine with portraying new facets of the Doctor, especially the darker and angry aspects when she learns secrets being shared to her by the Master.
Overall, Series 12 has been a very enjoyable season throughout. I have issues with some episodes but at least the opening and closing two-parters weren’t boring and maintained my interest. I’m currently looking forward to what’s coming next for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor once the next season comes along.
I’m saddened about Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole not coming back as Graham and Ryan for full-time in Series 13. Hopefully we’ll see them again soon and at least we can enjoy adventures with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and Mandip Gill’s Yaz. There is bound to be a lot of surprises in store for Series 13.
But before we get to Series 13 in 2021, I’m currently looking forward to ‘Revolution of the Daleks’, whether it’s for Christmas 2020 or New Year’s Day 2021. Maybe it’ll be a two-parter. We’ll have to wait and see. 😀
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Bye for now!