Davros is dying! The Doctor is summoned to meet his old nemesis, to bid him an unfond farewell. Turns out Davros now remembers his youth, when the Doctor apparently betrayed Davros to a grisly end, but fled the scene before seeing it happen. Was it actually the Doctor’s original betrayal that turned Davros into the monster he became? Oo. The Doctor experiences guilt and shame, and is then rendered powerless to prevent the deaths of both Missy (aka The Master) and Clara. Divine/poetic justice is visited on the Doctor in precisely the way he has acted as moral arbiter and visited judgement on others for eons.
Plotwise, then, this is a GOOD episode and opening to series 9. But there’s a thing. I need to tell you about the thing. It’s been gnawing at me for a few years now. And I think it’s been gnawing at the wider (dwindling) audience too. Let’s face it, people have been switching off or over for a good while now. So here’s the thing: the individual scenes and much of the dialogue is terribly childish, petty and peevish. It’s corny (to use one of my Dad’s old words). It’s simply BAD writing. It lacks maturity. It shows a complete misjudgement of 1. audience age range and 2. audience intelligence (irrespective of age). Beyond that, the dialogue just ain’t credible for a being like the Doctor. There. I’ve said the thing. I feel better now… I just hope it can make Doctor Who better one day.