Welcome to our Doctor Who Series 10 Recap – Part 2!
Who else is having separation anxiety now that Peter Capaldi’s last episode as the Twelfth Doctor will be the upcoming Christmas special?
Episode 7 – The Pyramid at the End of the World
The world is puzzled by the sudden appearance of an ancient pyramid in Turmezistan. Military forces from America, China, and Russia surround the pyramid to keep an eye on it. The Secretary General enlists the Doctor’s help since in times of crisis he acts as President of Earth (an appointment he doesn’t really like).
Bill still doesn’t know the Doctor’s blind. The Monks in the pyramid make every clock in the world countdown to midnight. The Doctor encourage the three leaders to show their strength via a coordinated attack, but the Monks proved to be more powerful.
Representatives from the three countries meet the Monks in the pyramid to negotiate, and Bill, Nardole, and the Doctor accompany them. The Monks tell them that unless Earth asks for their help, the planet will die within the year.
The Secretary-General offers his consent to protect the world despite the Doctor’s warnings. But he is vaporized by the Monks because his consent was born out of fear, not love.
Our resident insufferable genius sees through (HA! Get it? Because he’s- never mind.) the Monks’ ruse. The Doctor and Nardole figure out that the threat is a biological one. It originates from a lab that accidentally created a superbug that will break down all living organisms. Nardole returns to the TARDIS under the Doctor’s orders, and the latter stays behind to help the scientist trapped in the lab.
While he sterilizes the bacteria, the Doctor is trapped in the lab because he cannot see the combination lock. Realizing this could be his final moments, he finally tells Bill that he is blind.
To save the Doctor, Bill offers her consent to the Monks. They accept because she now represents the President of the World, and she does it out of love. The Doctor regains his eyesight and escapes from the laboratory at the cost of the Monks now ruling over the Planet. Dun dun dun…
Episode 8 – The Lie of the Land
This is the final episode of the “Monks Trilogy.” Six months after the events in The Pyramid at the End of the World, Bill lives in London and the whole world is under the rule of the Monks. The Monks have even rewritten the memories of everyone on Earth to make them think that they have always ruled the planet kindly for millennia.
Bill and a handful of other people realize the truth, but as some of them speak up, they are imprisoned by the “Memory Police.” Meanwhile, the Doctor is even recording propaganda for the Monks, but Bill is tracked down by Nardole, and they find their way to the Doctor.
In the prison ship/hulk where the Doctor is kept, Bill confronts him about why he’s helping the Monks. He tells her that this is no ruse. He really thinks they’re doing the right thing. Bill realizes she has no other choice but to shoot the Doctor because if he’s helping the Monks, no one will be able to help the planet.
Thankfully, the Doctor reveals that everything was a setup to find out if Bill was truly free from the Monks’ influence. They then consult Missy in the Vault. Missy reveals that the only way to save the Earth is to kill the person who gave them “consent” since this person is responsible for broadcasting the signal of the false history that most of the planet believes. While Bill is willing to sacrifice herself, the Doctor refuses.
The signal is being broadcasted via statues all over the planet, but they are too many to destroy. The Doctor and the gang infiltrate the Monks’ pyramid to hijack their broadcast. He is unsuccessful, but Bill’s memory of her late mother saves the world.
Back at the Vault, Missy appears to be showing remorse for everyone she has killed, but the Doctor doubts her sincerity. Is this real? Or a ploy to fool him?
Episode 9 – Empress of Mars
This episode marks the return of the Ice Warriors, an alien reptilian humanoid race the Doctor has previously encountered in his past incarnations. In 2017, NASA sees a rock formation on Mars that spell out “God Save the Queen.” The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole witness this discovery and they travel back to 1981 to find out who did this.
As the trio find human soldiers from Victorian Britain, Nardole returns to the TARDIS but the spaceship inexplicably brings him back to the present. He tentatively asks Missy for help so he can return to Mars.
The humans reveal that a friendly Ice Warrior they call Friday brought them to Mars so they can mine the planet. Captain Catchlove tells them that Friday helped the soldiers because they rescued him when he got stuck after patrolling Africa.
The soldiers can breathe on Mars thanks to a small breathable atmosphere in the cavern they are staying in. The Doctor thinks there’s a catch to Friday’s offer, and he is proven right when the soldiers unearth the Ice Warrior’s Queen, Iraxxa, despite Godsacre’s warnings.
Friday informs the Queen that after 5,000 years, the Mars they knew has now become inhabitable. However, the Queen wishes to go to war with the humans. She asks for Bill’s opinion since they are the only women on the planet. Bill advises her to make peace with the soldiers. Iraxxa is on the brink of agreeing when one of the soldiers misfires his weapon.
The two forces battle and Catchlove commands his troops to attack the Ice Warriors. Friday helps the Doctor and Bill, who are trapped in a tomb. Catchlove holds Iraxxa hostage as he attempts to escape alone, but Godsacre shoots him instead. He then pleads with Iraxxa to execute him in exchange for the freedom of his men because he is a deserter and he has nothing waiting for him back on Earth.
Touched by his courage, Iraxxa then accepts him as an Ice Warrior. The episode ends with the Doctor and Bill helping Godsacre leave the message NASA discovers in the present.
Episode 10 – The Eaters of Light
The episode begins with the Doctor and Bill having an argument about the true fate of the Ninth Legion of the Imperial Roman army. To decide who’s right, they take the TARDIS back to the 2nd century in Scotland. Nardole is dragged along, and Bill goes off on her own with the promise of returning with the Legion in tow.
The Doctor smugly tells her that he’ll definitely find their remains. Bill stumbles upon some of the Legion’s soldiers underground. They also tell her they’re hiding from a “Light Eating Locust” that will kill anything in order to get to any light source.
The Doctor is right (once again), and he and Nardole find the strangely boneless corpses of the rest of the Legion. The two are then captured by Picts who are guarding a cairn (a man-made pile/stack of stones).
The cairn hides a portal that the Eaters of Light passes through, and the gate only opens for several seconds when the sun rises. Kar, the current Keeper of the Gate, uses a Light Eater to defeat the Ninth Legion instead of fighting it like she was supposed to.
After a stern talking to from the Doctor (that’s his superpower, basically), the Ninth Legion and the Picts work together to lure the Eater of Light back to the cairn. Once again the Doctor has a plan that Bill is unaware of, and he reveals that to truly defeat the creatures (there’s millions more in the portal), he has to go inside and fight them off to prevent their escape.
The gatekeepers, being human, can only hold them off for so long but as a Time Lord with regenerative capabilities, he can keep doing it for much longer. Think Narnia and the wardrobe. Seconds inside the portal = decades in the real world.
Bill won’t let him sacrifice himself, so she knocks out the Doctor as the Picts and the Ninth Legion enter the portal to stop the Eaters of Light. The Picts left behind honor Kar with monumental stones, and they teach crows to say her name. Yes, crows can talk, but because of Kar’s sacrifice, the only thing they say now is “Caw” = Kar. (Thanks, Doctor Who. I didn’t need my feelings anyway.)
Episode 11 – World Enough and Time
The episode opens with the Doctor beginning his regeneration in an unknown and icy landscape. Lampshades are hung and Missy takes on the role of a genre savvy Doctor Who. She calls Bill and Nardole “Exposition” and “Comic Relief.” The fourth wall is also shattered.
As a test of Missy’s wish to become good, he lets her take Bill and Nardole with her to answer a distress call. The TARDIS brings them to a giant colony ship trying to reverse and escape a black hole.
They are met by Jorj, a blue-skinned humanoid alien, who demands to know if anyone in their group is human. Bill raises her hand and to the shock of everyone, Jorj shoots her. He explains that death is better than what happens to the humans that are captured and taken to the lower levels of the ship.
As Bill is wheeled away on a gurney, the Doctor reassures her that she must wait for him. He also concludes that despite Jorj revealing that there were only 50 on the ship to days ago, the ship now shows thousands of life forms below because of time dilation. I honestly didn’t get this part either, but we trust the Doctor anyway.
Bill wakes up in a hospital right out of a horror movie. There’s a strange mechanism attached to her chest, and the other patients have eerie covered faces. As Bill tries to escape, a man called Razor saves her.
While Bill is trapped for months, time passes very quickly for the Doctor and the others. Missy finds out that the ship came from the Earth’s “twin” planet Mondas. Razor reveals himself to her as the Master, Missy’s previous incarnation.
Nardole and the Doctor race to find Bill, but they encounter a Mondasian Cyberman in an operating room. The Doctor coaxes it into searching for her, and both are shocked to learn that it IS Bill.
Episode 12 – The Doctor Falls
Is that an ominous title or what? Get your tea and jammie dodgers ready, we’re on the last episode of Series 10.
The Doctor has just found out that Bill has been turned into a Cyberman. The Master and Missy team up to capture him. However, he has another trick up his sleeve. Our grumpy Doctor has reprogrammed the Cybernet to search for Time Lords to convert into Cybermen. They all manage to flee thanks to Nardole and a stolen spacecraft.
The group escapes to a higher floor of the ship with a solar farm. The farm is inhabited by adult humans who protect the children from the Cybermen who attempt to bring back humans for conversion.
The viewers still see Bill as her human self because she doesn’t realize she’s a Cyberman now. However, the people on the farm see her as one and they are understandably afraid of her. The Doctor tells Bill that he can still save her because she’s one of the few people converted with a mind strong enough to fight off total Cyberman conversion.
Nardole hacks the fuel pipes on the floor they’re currently on, and this leads the Cybermen to believe that the humans have much stronger firepower than they really do. The Doctor tells him to help the other humans and the children escape to a higher floor in the confusion.
Missy and the Master attempt to flee, but the Doctor gives an emotional speech to convince them to stay and help. (Seriously, Capaldi made me cry.) The duo tells him they won’t change their minds and the Master goes ahead.
The Doctor tries to talk to Missy again but while she is visibly torn, she still leaves. As she and the Master are about to escape, Missy reveals that she wants to befriend the Doctor again. She stabs the Master to trigger his regeneration.
On her way to the Doctor, he shoots Missy with his laser screwdriver. He gloats that because of the setting, unlike him she will not be able to regenerate. (Damn you, Master!)
In his last stand, the Doctor ignites all the fuel pipes to destroy as many Cybermen as he can. Cyberman Bill cries for the wounded Doctor. Then, she somehow finds herself back in her human form.
Heather returns (the same Heather-alien ship from The Pilot), and she reveals that Bill is like her now. She claims to have found Bill because of her tears. The couple leaves the Doctor inside the TARDIS, and a crying Bill sadly says her goodbyes.
A teardrop falls on the Doctor’s cheek, and no, I’m not crying you’re crying. The TARDIS opens once again on a snowy landscape, like in the cold open (hehe). The Doctor is adamant about not regenerating because he is tired of continually changing and turning into someone else.
The Doctor Meets… The Doctor?
The TARDIS’ cloister bell signals impending disaster, because what will this show be without one every five minutes? The Doctor then comes face to face with his original incarnation, the First Doctor (portrayed by David Bradley).
You might remember Bradley as Filch from the Harry Potter movies. Capaldi portrayed a different character during the Tenth Doctor’s run, and Bradley has also played a villain called Solomon during the Eleventh Doctor’s tenure.
Oh man, somebody please send help. I want to delete my feelings because I’m still not ready to say goodbye to the grumpy cat-like Twelfth Doctor.
What are you planning to do while waiting for the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas special? Let us know in the comments!
If you missed the first part of this recap, you can find it here.