I dunno, this season has been about the Doctor's responsibilities and guilt, in a much better and subtler way than it was with Clara and Me. He himself is also a lot more capable of handling loss this time around. At most, I'd see it go either the same way as Tenth's "daughter" when he never learned she regenerated (but probably not because this Doctor usually knows how everything goes, nothing goes past him, he's too fast), or he'll lose her anyway in the same way Tenth lost Donna, she can't stay and she forgets him. But with this Doctor, it won't go into depression like it did with Tenth, so that's good. It won't just erase her conversion and go back to a normal life, even considering we already know she's not coming back next season.
But yeah, amazing episode. The time difference was made in a pretty funny way, balancing the dark treatment of the patients, and if we didn't already know that the Mondasian Cybermen were coming back, the slow reveal until the first mention of "upgrading" was really well done in a good progression.
Missy was great, but Nardole was the Doctor's best companion so far. "I'm officially authorized to kick his ass -are you secretly a badass ? -there's nothing secret about it", his point of view as a savvy observer from outside of the Doctor's influence... Even his "Bill, I'm not real !" scream in the hologram episode made me actually fear for his character.
On the season a whole, it was a little weird because there were a lot of points where you just couldn't see where it was going (the triple invasion episodes was a bit of a boring plot line), but the resolution was usually really good. This episode and the Eaters of Light are my favorites.
As for Missy, it'd be a big disappointment for her character arc if she just reverted to straight enemy as Simm's buddy. I really hope she'll hop around between both sides, at the very least, and if possible, take part in the final confrontation on the Doctor's side.
If I struggled to the end of my determination, to the end of my way of life with my followers, if the result is ruin, then this ruin is inevitable. Grieve. Shed tears. But you cannot regret.
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