With a new showrunner, new Doctor, and a new gender, conservative social critics feared heavy-handed gender fluidity messaging in the newest season of Doctor Who. Fortunately, those fears may not have come to fruition.
The beloved British television show Doctor Who is approaching a landmark era of change. It’s the last season for lead Peter Capaldi, as well as the last season for showrunner Steven Moffat. But even as Capaldi’s Doctor becomes comfortable with viewing himself as the good guy, and produces some great commentary on true heroism, the show also devolves into socially progressive virtue signaling, and box checking.
“The Return of Doctor Mysterio” is not very Christmasy. But it does make a key step the show has been in need of for a while: it made Doctor Who fun again.
George Mann has answered a huge demand: an installment that John Hurt’s War Doctor can claim for his very own. As much as we’d love to see these exploits being played out on our TV screens, a novel is the next best thing, and Mann delivers with Engines of War.
If I were to describe the Doctor Who Christmas Special in one sentence, I would probably say something like “Inception with brain-sucking aliens plus Santa Clause.”
(Caution: this review contains some spoilers for Series 9 of Doctor Who)
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