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Doctor who 10.6 Extremis review

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[{"text":"#NL#Season 10 of Doctor Who has featured a string of episodes that were almost universally praised, but this week's story has proved to be a lot more devisive. #NL#Steven Moffat script is very cerebral (or in his words "a headf**k") and asks questions about the very nature of reality and morality.#NL#"Extremis" switches between two plot threads, or is it three? Nothing is what it seems in this episode, and many fans were left a bit confused..."},{"spoiler":"Medium"},{"image":[{"src":"vat660605vatican.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The Doctor, Bill and Nardole are recruited by the Vatican to solve an ancient mystery, The Doctor having been personally recommended by Pope Benedict IX in 1045. There is an ancient book called Veritas ("Truth") hidden in the Hereticum - the Vatican's secret library of forbidden books- and anyone who reads it kills themself. #NL#At first this sounds like something from many recent horror movies, but Moffat's script turns out to be far cleverer than that... "},{"image":[{"src":"whi865948white-ho.jpg"},{"caption":"The Doctor in the White House"}]},{"text":"#NL#The story questions the very nature of reality, and makes us question everything around us. We travel from the Vatican to CERN and to the White House. All of this is tied in with an alien plan to prepare for the invasion of Earth. "},{"image":[{"src":"dev84416device.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#Just to make saving the world even more challenging, The Doctor is still blind (the consequence of the events in "Oxygen") but is refusing to admit the truth to Bill. #NL#He tries to compensate by using his sonic sunglasses, and even resorts to using advanced technology (Time Lord?) to "borrow" some sight from his future self. "},{"image":[{"src":"mis993968missy-aw.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"image":[{"src":"mis32329missy-2.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The second story is a flashback featuring Missy, about to be executed - but even here Moffat cannot resist twisting our preconceptions. Who is to die: The Doctor or Missy? #NL#Missy pleads for her life, fealing very similar to some classic Master stories old. The scene asks questions about what it means to be good or evil. #NL#The Doctor spares her life, on the acceptance that he will be her jailer for 1000 years, and we finally get confirmation that (as we guessed) Missy is the person locked in the Vault. "},{"image":[{"src":"dia530207diary.png"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The flashback also explains how Nardole and The Doctor were reunited after the Time Lord left Darillium. #NL#The memory of River Song continues to loom large over Capaldi's Doctor, with Nardole quoting from River's diary and with Missy expressing sympathy at the death of The Doctor's wife, in a touching moment. "},{"image":[{"src":"mon419265monsters.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#The aliens are mysterious and un-named, and seemingly unstoppable. #NL#Just when I was wondering how all this could possibly be resolved the story turns out to the the first of a secret two part story. In an era where everything gets leaked, this was a genuine surprise! #NL#Moffat has said that this is something he has wanted to do for as while, and now he has crossed this off his writer's bucket list before her leaves the show for good. #NL#Some fans have even speculated that this may be a three part story, as episode 8 also deals with the nature of truth. "},{"image":[{"src":"pop71251pope.png"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#Amongst all the cerebral musings there are some classic moments in "Extremis": Bill finally getting a date, only to be interrupted by The Pope in her bedroom; Nardole being a "badass" and the return of Missy."},{"image":[{"src":"mon434717monsters.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"#NL#Next week features the alien Monks, a mysterious pyramid, and the possibility of World War III.#NL#Got seven days to get my head around this week's story in preparation..."}]

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