We’ve reached that point in the series where most of our
predictions about season long arcs will be exposed as flights of fantasy or
deliberate red herrings. Barring another surprise twist next week, it certainly
looks as if all the speculation surrounding the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan
and a possible connection to Bill was off the mark. The mystery of Nardole also
appears to be going nowhere with him now looking every bit like a regular
companion, and the trilogy of the monks, which left all kinds of unanswered
questions, at least for now looks like being a self-contained mini-adventure
It will take quite a dramatic shift in emphasis if any of these three points are to be addressed next week in The Doctor Falls. So for now, after the airing of part one of the series’ only two-parter, speculation will inevitably turn towards Bill’s fate, the Doctor’s coming regeneration, and the relationship between Missy and the Master.
This was very much a set-up episode in the mould of series 8’s atmospheric Dark Water, and it’s about to go completely Death in Heaven crazy if the brief trailer for next week is anything to go by. The pre-credits sequence suggests some of our questions might carry over to the Christmas special, but with only two episodes to go Steven Moffat has plenty of plot points to resolve before he passes on the baton to Chris Chibnall.