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The Power of the Doctor

I will miss Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor terribly but I liked this a lot! (Mostly) And I had a wonderful time livetweeting it along with other Who fans and watching everyone freak out in real time when the Big Cameos happened.

Some lists to summarize my thoughts, huge spoilers ahead obviously:


  • Sacha Dhawan is the absolute HIGHLIGHT of this episode, he deserves to go down as one of the best if not THE best Master in the show’s history.
  • The long LONG list of returning faces whose presence on set somehow did not leak to the media! Wow! Off the top of my head…. David Bradley, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davidson, Colin Baker, a suspiciously un-aged Paul McGann, Katy Manning, Bonnie Langford, William Russell (I actually didn’t know he was still alive!) and Jo Martin!
  • What they did with the returning companions was wonderful! Better than I expected even! Both Ace and Tegan got to say goodbye to “their” Doctors, Ace got to smash up a Dalek with a baseball bat, just fabulous.
  • The callbacks! I never thought I’d see the day when Adric was mentioned by name in a modern-day Doctor Who episode.
  • Neither Dan or Kate died! Over the past few days Twitter has been insistent one of them would, but nope!
  • Both Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill really got to show off their acting chops here, especially in that last scene. I’m gonna miss Yaz terribly too… Unless she can return alongside the next, next Doctor maybe?


  • There was one very significant person absent from this episode: Ryan! He was mentioned but he should have been there, why wasn’t he?
  • On a similar note I feel like Freema Agyeman as Martha really ought to have been present in the final Companions scene too. I guess she’s the sole representative from her era whose character can convincingly return and who isn’t a sex offender, sigh.
  • I’m kind of bummed this episode didn’t even mention the Tegan/Nyssa romantic relationship that Russell T Davies established, although I suppose it didn’t de-canonise it either.
  • This episode definitely HAD a plot but for the life of me I couldn’t tell you exactly what it was. Still, who needs one in an episode like this?
  • This is my biggest complaint actually: there wasn’t a Doctor/Yaz kiss. I really, really thought there was going to be one. It would have made perfect sense. Some lovely things happened between them (see above image) but without a kiss the story just seems so unfinished somehow.

Oh wait, another Pro! Afterwards there was a trailer for the upcoming special and we finally got our first look at Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor.

He looks amazing!


Yesterday #SachaOurMaster was trending all over Twitter for Sacha Dhawan. The Radio Times even reported on it.

Which is good except, what happened wasn’t a criticism. It was this:

Which is all sorts of wrong (Sacha Dhawan is not black, for a start) and also, y’know, racist and homophobic. So I’m very glad the fandom rallied around Sacha but I wish the British media paid more attention to how much shit anyone who has the audacity to be Not A Straight White Male in Doctor Who gets. Because jeez… one look at Outpost Gallifrey or whatever the place is called now (I always forget) and it’s right there in your face.

You’d think more people would take Doctor Who’s messages and mottos to heart, but they so rarely seem to.

Sigh, anyway, Dhawan is a wonderful Master and a class act and neither he nor any of the DW cast deserve this rubbish. There is at least a nice thread of praise for him here:

Doctor Who: Spyfall part one + THAT TWIST

I haven’t really written much about Doctor Who for ages and I dunno why, I think just… I still appreciate it very much but it doesn’t quite grab me as much as it used to? That’s not a bad thing, fandom naturally has ups and downs. But hey, THAT TWIST! I was gawping at the screen. Doctor Who NEVER manages to keep things like that a secret! And now this new season seems like it’ll boost things up a notch plot-wise. I miss the big, ridiculous season-long arcs, even when they made no sense.

(are you ready for the THAT TWIST?)

Sacha Dhawan is playing not some random agent but The Master, and this is extra pleasing to me because we’ve seen him before in An Adventure In Space And Time, playing Waris Hussain. (This now makes him the second person from AAISAT to play a Time Lord in the main show, after David Bradley.) So yeah, really happy to see that! And so mad I didn’t put the clues to his identity together in the episode because there were loads of them.