Major spoilers ahead!
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Steven Moffat doesn’t do things in a small way.
He delivered a truly epic season ending.
So why do I feel so cheated?
Because this abbreviated season worked against everything.
Not counting the Christmas special, there have been only seven episodes leading up to this finale. The episodes that would have further developed and deepened the Doctor-Clara relationship are missing. So this finale feels as if there are bits missing — it feels premature (as did several aspects of their relationship).
It’s almost as if Moffat was hedging his bets, in case there wasn’t to be a next season! He crammed everything he wanted to do into a few episodes that stand out from the rest. There wasn’t the leisurely unfolding of the Clara mythology like the Amy Pond seasons had.
As it is, this episode is — again — epic.
And John Hurt — as the Anti-Doctor! How much better can next season get? Well, I’ll tell you — it’d get better if it was the full run of episodes again. I hope BBC will get on that.
Doctor Who: Nightmare In Silver
Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror
Doctor Who: Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS
Doctor Who: Hide
Doctor Who: Cold War
Doctor Who: The Rings Of Akhaten
Doctor Who: The Bells Of Saint John