HuffPost Verdict: Doctor Who' Christmas Special

Doctor Who Christmas 2017

Yesterday's Doctor Who Christmas special was the last episode for Peter Capaldi, who had played the 12th Time Lord since 2013 and earlier this year said he felt it was "time to move on". Whittaker has also appeared in the likes of Attack the Block and Black Mirror.

The Doctor returned on Christmas Day for the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special and, after a lengthy discussion with his original self, he finally made a decision to let go of himself and regenerate into a new iteration.

Historically, the Christmas Special itself was actually non-existent until Russell T Davies rebooted the show, introducing Doctor Who to a whole new generation in the Noughties.

The good news is that it's very easy to watch Doctor Who in the UK. Many latched on to the Thirteenth Doctor's first words, "Oh, brilliant!"

David Bradley and Peter Capaldi in Twice Upon a Time
Doctor Who Christmas Special Review: The Series Embraces Change

And it isn't just Capaldi who was taking his final bow either, as Pearl Mackie's appearance as Bill was her last, though her Testimony role means there's every chance we may see her again in the future.

And a - ahem - amusing few thought this was the flawless opportunity to spout some oh-so original "women driver" jokes about the new Doctor's slight mishap. Knowing this allows Moffat to play around with his characters and show how, despite being an inherently good and heroic character that travels all of time and space righting wrongs, the Doctor is also a fascinatingly flawed individual - one that is nonetheless capable of embracing change.

The episode is titled Twice Upon A Time, and will air on Christmas Day - that's Monday, December 25.



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