The Twelfth Doctor and his friends are heading to the end of everything, but as usual it’s not quite that simple. The episode is a love letter to fans with all sorts of callbacks for those who’ve been watching since day one–but at the same time it leaves plenty on the table for newcomers waiting in eager anticipation.
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In the last episode, Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor battles Swarm (Picture:)
Doctor Who: Flux has come to a conclusion, and although Chris Chibnall gave us one of the most ambitious series in recent memory, a lot of it fell hollow.
The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) is kept hostage by Swarm (Sam Spruell) and Azure (Rochenda Sandall) before being trisected into several universes.
Attempting to rescue Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), Bel (Thaddea Graham), and Karvanista (Craige Els) while also trying to get back to Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) becomes a bit too much for the Doctor.
Swarm and Azure, who are in possession of her lost memories, are tormenting her on top of it all. Meanwhile, the Sontarans aim to take over the cosmos, so there’s not much to worry about.
The Doctor is able to exploit her divided personalities to her advantage, saving herself from the Grand Serpent (Craig Parkinson) and extinguishing the Flux, resulting in Swarm and Azure’s extinction.
The Doctor, on the other hand, is still troubled by her lost memories, and we have a feeling she won’t give up on them quickly.
Jodie’s rebirth is hinted at. (Image courtesy of Studios/James Pardon)
Her encounter with Yaz was extremely painful. (Photo courtesy of Studios/James Stack)
The Doctor went from bantering with her split selves to heart-wrenching reunions in a matter of seconds, and Jodie excelled once again.
The sequence with Yaz was especially touching, and the Doctor and Karvanista’s unexpected friendship tugged at the heartstrings, with Jodie and Craige portraying the roles to perfection.
The guest performers, notably Kevin McNally and Craig Parkinson, were also fantastic, however many fans may be unhappy with the Grand Serpent’s participation in the finale given such complex theories around him.
Craig Parkinson’s Grand Serpent may have disappointed those who had hoped for more. (Image courtesy of Studios/James Pardon)
Kevin McNally shined as well (Photo courtesy of Studios/James Pardon).
Storm and Azure are in the same boat. While there were high expectations for the pair as some of the best villains in recent years, and Sam and Rochenda did not disappoint with their performances, there was room for more depth behind them.
While Chibnall deserves praise for Doctor Who: Flux, it seems like he overloaded the series in order to make it his most ambitious. After six chapters, we’re left with a satisfying conclusion that seems rushed in its attempt to wrap up loose ends as quickly as possible.
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Plus, at this point, who cares about Vinder (Jacob Anderson)?
The tiny allusions to the 13th Doctor’s regeneration were what struck me the most in Chapter Six. With just three specials left, we could be seeing a darker and more helpless side of the Doctor as her tenure on the show draws to an end.
New Year’s Day sees the return of Doctor Who.
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