I just saw the season finale of Doctor Who. It was one of those episodes I thoroughly enjoy – both halves of this two-parter had me saying multiple times – “wait! You can’t do that! That’s too much! Oh that’s awesome!” Pushing envelopes I didn’t even know were there until they weren’t anymore. ￼
Well, I got the sense that this season was primarily an “Intro To Doctor Who” with a little fan-service thrown in here and there. I enjoyed the Bill and Nardole characters. It was much simpler overall and I found the twist of “let me try to convert my friend to being good” with Missy was something genuinely different and new.
The thing about Doctor Who is you (well me ) get used to seeing familiar situations and storylines. After all, how many impossible situations can you get into? So you look for the little things that are new.
I’ll give one type of story they haven’t done often in Doctor Who — I can only think of a few times that they’ve done this motif: the “Collect all the hidden keys to unlock a final treasure”. I remember a story in the 1st Doctors reign, once with the 5th Doctor and I’m sure I saw that theme in the reboot once. But it’s rare for Doctor Who, which is odd because it’s just the kind of thing having a TARDIS would be perfect for.