Typically Doctor Who storylines are kept quiet; you have to admire the BBC’s ability to keep secrets (I think they are kept in the Tower with the crown jewels), but a synopsis has been released through the BBC America shop. After last year’s disastrous Christmas Special “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” I am hopeful that Steven Moffat will redeem himself and end Peter Capaldi’s Doctor on with a strong story. I’m going to quote and give my thoughts on the synopsis so …
WARNING . . . SPOILERS BELOW
Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. And a British army captain seemingly destined to die in the First World War, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story. This is the magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure. He must face his past to decide his future. And the Doctor will realise the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment. It’s the end of an era. But the Doctor’s journey is only just beginning.
From the end of “The Doctor Falls” the production stills and the trailer that has been released, it appears that this episode will take place during the First Doctor’s final episode “The Tenth Planet” which takes place at the south pole and he is absent from most of it. The addition of Mark Gatiss’ WWI Captain makes me think that the episode will take place during the famous Christmas Day cease fire and his character will be removed from that time to join the Doctors. Indications are that this is a time that they are both in the process of regenerating and neither want to do it. It’s the mention of the Doctor facing his past and realizing the resilience of humanity that has me thinking that we will see Bill Potts again so that the Doctor can gain her forgiveness for not protecting her and then regenerate in peace.
Overall this does sound much more exciting than Moffat’s superhero fanboy episode of a year ago. If this synopsis is any indication, we should have a strong farewell to Capaldi and an awesome welcome to Jodie Whittaker (I’m hoping for competition to the David Tennant/Matt Smith regeneration). There is also a synopsis on IMDB but I am not going to comment on that since I cannot guarantee where the information is sourced.