Doctor Who Christmas Special “Twice Upon A Time” is a fitting send off for Peter Capaldi
The much-talked-about regeneration has finally happened. Doctor, meet Jodie Whittaker – your thirteenth incarnation.
The 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special “Twice Upon A Time” mostly focused on being a fitting send-off for the beloved Peter Capaldi. In an hour-long episode, we watched the Doctor grapple with his past (the first doctor, played wonderfully by David Bradley) and surprise appearances from all his companions – Bill, Clara and Nardole all played a role. As a final farewell for a beloved doctor, the episode delivered.
In terms of plot, there really isn’t much to it. Mirroring the emotional struggle with moving on shared by both the First and Twelfth doctors, the doctor uncovered a programme that can bring those on the brink back to life. Is it a bad thing? No, it’s not, and that’s where that ends.
The real joy of “Twice Upon A Time is the humour, which mixed perfectly with the emotion to create balance. The addition of David Bradley as the first doctor was genius, and I sincerely hope we see him again in the role. A lot of the humour centred on the first doctor’s lack of political correctness, which in an episode that ended in what might have once been the unthinkable – a female Doctor – was both topical and genuinely funny.
All in all, the episode is what it says on the tin. It’s a tribute to Peter Capaldi and his most notable companions, all tied up in a commentary about moving on and paying tribute to how far one has come. It’s certainly one of the better Christmas Doctor Who episodes. We now move forward into a new era – and it’s the most excited we’ve been for a change in a long time.