‘Dark Water’/’Death In Heaven’ (TV)

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The Twelfth Doctor with the Cybermen and Missy

‘DARK WATER’ (Part 1)

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‘Dark Water’/’Death in Heaven’ is the two-part finale of Series 8 of ‘Doctor Who’ by Steven Moffat. I was looking forward to seeing this two-part finale since it featured the return of the Cybermen in it.

In this story, Danny Pink dies. Clara wants to save him. After threatening to save him, Clara and the Doctor go off in the TARDIS to find where Danny Pink has gone to as he seems to end up in ‘heaven’.

I’m afraid I have mixed feelings regarding this two-part adventure. I did enjoy the Cybermen in it, but I feel that they’ve been overshadowed by Missy as she happened to be the major villain of the story.

The Cybermen in this story are the ones from ‘Nightmare in Silver’. I liked the recreation of the famous Cybermen scene of ‘The Invasion’ when they walked down the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Michelle Gomez guest stars as Missy, who has been reoccurring during Series 8. I wondered who Missy was and what her connection to the Doctor was. It turns she’s a female version of the Master! What?!

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The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of ‘The Complete Series 8’, there’s the ‘Dark Water – Doctor Who Extra’ featurette.


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I’m not entirely happy with the Master being a woman in this ‘Doctor Who’ story. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Time Lords changing their sexes since this could happen to the Doctor.

But I do feel that Michelle Gomez’ performance as Missy is rather pantomime and not menacing enough in this story. Also, I miss John Simm as the Master as I hoped he would return to the series.

This episode also features the return of Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, the Brigadier’s daughter of U.N.I.T. and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood. It was great to see them again following ‘The Day of the Doctor’.

Not long after I saw this two-parter, I met Jemma Redgrave at the ‘Collectormania 22’ convention in Milton Keynes, November 2014. It was so nice to see her and Jemma was very friendly to chat with.

This story also features the sad departure of Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink. I was so sad to see him depart from the series. I later met Samuel at the ‘Bournemouth Film and Comic Con’ in August 2015.

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The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 5 of ‘The Complete Series 8’, there’s the ‘Death in Heaven – Doctor Who Extra’ featurette.

On Disc 4 of ‘The Complete Series 8’, the highlight for me was the ‘Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion’ documentary with Peter Davison. This features behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews with Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding, Nicola Bryant, Noel Clarke, John Barrowman, Jenna Coleman, etc.

There is also a short featurette called the ‘Inside the New TARDIS’. This is a behind-the-scenes tour with production designer Michael Pickwoad, talking on redesigning the TARDIS interior for Series 8.

There are also four ‘Doctor Who Exclusive’ featurettes including ‘Casting Peter Capaldi’; ‘Writing the New Series’; ‘What is Doctor Who?’ and ‘Why Watch Series 8’. These four featurettes include behind-the-scenes interviews with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and head writer Steven Moffat.

On Disc 5 of ‘The Complete Series 8′, all twelve episodes of ‘Doctor Who Extra’ for Series 8 are there. There is also the insightful and entertaining ‘Earth Conquest: The World Tour’ documentary focusing on Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat promoting Series 8 of ‘Doctor Who’ worldwide.

There are also four trailers of Series 8, including ‘Eyes’; ‘Two Hearts’; a 30 second trailer and a 60 second trailer.

I enjoyed watching Series 8 of ‘Doctor Who’ with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara. It’s a fairly good start for Peter Capaldi who’s good as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman is wonderful as Clara. I wondered where this series would go next as there were more adventures with the Doctor and Clara to look forward to.

‘Dark Water’/’Death In Heaven’ rating – 6/10

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3 thoughts on “‘Dark Water’/’Death In Heaven’ (TV)

  1. I remember losing my temper on the old Big Finish forum when this episode was shown got into several heated arguments as i loathed Missy being the Master, Gomez performance is of a hyperactive Mary Poppins who’s drank too many Red Bulls, i wanted Simm back as The Master although i thought the Cybermen we better in this two-parter.

    Moffats ruined Doctor Who for me, he’s taken a show I’ve loved for 38 yrs & made me loathe it, i hope Chibnall can restore my faith in the tv series as at the moment the only Doctor Who I’m enjoying are Big Finish & your Fifth Doctor stories.

    Hopefully after today i can find some relaxation time to continue reading The Austin Code.

    As ever Tim a fantasic in depth review of season 8.

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  2. Hi Simon.

    Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Dark Water’/’Death in Heaven’ as well as my reviews on Series 8 of ‘Doctor Who’. I hope to update and extend my review for ‘Dark Water’/’Death in Heaven’ soon.

    Glad you like my photos with Samuel Anderson and Jemma Redgrave. I had them on the blog already, so I thought why not use them here for this review.

    I’m pleased you agree with me that John Simm should come back as the Master. I find the Mary Poppins outfit for Missy ruined it for me and she doesn’t make me feel threatened by her as a villain. What should have happened was that after this episode, Missy ditches her Mary Poppins outfit for a black leather outfit like what Roger Delgado and Anthony Ainley wore. At least I would have taken seriously in that and it would have helped make her performance less pantomime and silly at times.

    Interesting you found the Cybermen better in this two-parter compared to me. I got distracted by Missy and couldn’t enjoy the Cybermen in it whilst watching the story.

    I’m looking forward to Chris Chibnall’s era of ‘Doctor Who’ as I hope it’ll be an improvement. The new era looks promising since Chris Chibnall wrote some good ‘Doctor Who’ episodes for the Matt Smith era, was head writer of ‘Torchwood’ and also created ‘Broadchurch’. I just feel that the Steven Moffatt era has been a weird period of the series and the episodes didn’t match the same quality as the Russell T. Davies era.

    I look forward to hearing from you when you get down to reading ‘The Austen Code’. I look forward to hearing from you comments as I’m sure you’ll enjoy that story when you read it.

    Thanks again for your kind comments on my Series 8 reviews, Simon.

    Tim. 🙂


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