Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio Review
Director: Edward Bazalgette
Writers: Steven Moffat
Starring: Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas, Justin Chatwin, Charity Wakefield
After a full year, the Doctor is finally back!... and I’m going to get my negative thoughts out of the way first, because well there aren’t many and I want to say it now before I go fan girl on finally having new Who. First off, this did not feel like a Christmas special at all. As a matter of fact, except for when young Grant confused him for Santa Clause in the beginning, most of this episode kind of felt like a filler episode that could have been put in during any season. Also, the Doctor needs a companion and this special proved that. Yes, for the purpose and timing of the episode, I understand why the Doctor does not have one, but still the point stands. That being said, it was still fun to watch. Perhaps the long wait between now and “The Husbands of River Song” is what made this episode feel so off. Maybe its because River Song is one of my favorites and I’m still not ready to let go (yes its been a year, I know, I’m clearly handling it just as well as the Doctor). That being said I was still overly excited and watching it a couple times.
This special evolved around a young boy named Grant who developed superhero abilities after accidentally swallowing a ruby that was given to him by the Doctor. The overly obvious correlation between Grant and Superman makes the episode fun for any comic book fan, including the moment when the Doctor thinks he made a brilliant discovery about how Superman and Clark Kent are the same person. Honestly it was a cheep pop, but it made me giggle so it worked, kudos Moffat. Still all of the comic book references made for some pretty entertaining moments in the episode. In a less subtle way than normal, we do get to see the Doctor take responsibility for his actions in this episode, as he does checks in on Grant over the years, which is nice considering Grant having these super powers is kinda the Doctors fault. But, super powers aside, this is a love story and it is a lot like we saw with Craig and Sophie from season 5.
This was a pretty solid way to kick off Moffat’s final year of working with the show. He got to tie up the story of River Song and now he has a whole season to establish how the doctor will deal and grow after the loss of River. Also a new companion is coming, which makes me really excited for the new season to start! After all the Doctor should never travel alone. I am happy that, even though the Doctor did not have a new full time companion for this special, he did have a friend. Nardole is back! Matt Lucas will be a great addition for comedy in the show, but when needed, he can deliver those serious lines just as well.
Overall, I did enjoy the show. It was nice to see that the Doctor still has to deal with the loss of River Song, also it’s nice that he doesn’t have to do it alone with Nardole there. Moffat always seems to have one or two lines in each of his episodes that perfectly illustrate how life is, in this special my favorite line was “Things end. That’s all. Everything ends… and it’s always sad. But everything begins again too, and that’s always happy. Be happy.” That it right there, be happy.
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