Twice Upon a Time

In the Venn Diagram of Whovian anticipation, we stand at the tiniest of intersects. We desperately want Peter Capaldi to stay; we eagerly await Jodie Whittaker’s arrival. We adore where the stories have brought us of late; we are nearly shaking with anticipation for where Chibnall and his staff will take the tale.

And here, amid all the tumult and dissonance that threaten to drive us mad during what is supposed to be a holiday season, time stops — and all is quiet.

This week, we bid a most emotional farewell to our Twelfth Doctor, and shout in triumphant welcome to our Thirteenth. Steven Moffat gives us his final television story, and more characters returning than you could have imagined, in “Twice Upon a Time”. We unpack the themes, messages, subtle inclusions, and even a possible musical easter egg or two. There are a lot of feels flung about, but we lock it down as best we can, and even keep it together through a line analysis of Peter’s (read: Moffat’s) final monologue.

Be kind.

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Talkin’ About Regeneration

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No one is quite sure whether regenerations are harder on the Doctor or his fans. Sure, he’s literally rewriting every cell in his body, but we’re seeing the close of a relationship with someone whom we don’t want to leave. One of the reasons why it seems so difficult may be the uncertainty over exactly who the next Doctor is going to be: physically; behaviorally; psychologically; emotionally. But maybe it’s not quite an unknown after all…

We are in many ways a product of our lives’ experiences, and the Doctor has more of these experiences than most to draw from. But is there a pattern? Is there something in each iteration that helps to shape the next? We look for indicators of that possible pattern, and what it may mean for this new Doctor to come.

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