"Nardole, are you secretly a badass?" "Nothing secret about it, baby doll."
Ninety Nine Percent. I am now 99% complete with this ridiculous project, and will wrap it up on Monday morning. I will be doing a Facebook Live if for some reason you want to watch me sweat and shout with glee as I cross the finish line. But before I can do that, I have to talk about today's episode of Doctor Who. Let's get it done.
(TARDIS Data Core recap)
When I watched this episode last year as it first aired, I said it was the best episode so far of the new season. My opinion hasn't changed. Missy is revealed to be the prisoner in the mysterious vault, with flashbacks explaining how the Doctor came to swear an oath to guard the vault for a thousand years and now Nardole came to travel with the Doctor. As for the main story, the Vatican comes calling for help from the Doctor after an ancient document has been translated, and after every single person who has read the translation has subsequently committed suicide. The story is full of twists and turns, with strange portals to the Pentagon and to CERN, and with weird mummy-looking monks. And then the big reveal comes at the end that (spoilers) almost the entire episode has been a detailed computer simulation. The Monks have gamed out how to conquer the Earth, and their only mistake was that the Virtual Doctor was just as clever as the Real Doctor.
There are just so many great moments here. I love the bit early on with Bill on a date, only to have it interrupted by the Pope appearing in her bedroom. I love the bit where Nardole drops the bumbling comedic affectation and shows that he is, indeed, a badass. (Babydoll). I especially love the very complex relationship between Missy and the Doctor. You know that she can never truly change, it's just not in her nature, but it is also not in the Doctor's nature to give up on her.
Goodness is not goodness that seeks advantage. Good is good in the final hour, in the deepest pit without hope, without witness, without reward. Virtue is only virtue in extremis.
If only the next two stories in this sequence lived up to this first part, but unfortunately they don't quite. Even so, that doesn't detract from how well done this one is. Things go briefly downhill for a bit here, but not for long before Capaldi goes out with a bang.
Companion(s): Bill Potts, Nardole
Steps Walked: 7,578 today, 3,580,742 total
Distance Walked: 3.85 miles today, 1,872.53 miles total
Push-ups Completed: 0 today, 6,747 total
Sit-ups Completed: 0 today, 1,029 total
Weight: 246.46 lbs (five day moving average), net change -60.84 lbs