Death In Heaven

It’s over … well until the Christmas Special that is. “Death in Heaven” was the Doctor Who season finale of Series 8 and this is my review for it. As always your inner River Song should tell you: Spoilers!

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this finale. You know, I always write these reviews right after watching them, so I sometimes change my opinion later on. But right now, I feel like crying. A lot has happened, while also nothing has happened at all because there weren’t many surprises in my opinion. Does that make sense? This episode was 60 minutes long, but it still felt rushed sometimes and like 30 minutes max to me.

But let’s talk a bit about the story first. Cybermen technology has evolved so far that they can now convert the dead. This of course means that they are invincible, because how do you win against an enemy that weaponises the dead? While the Doctor gets appointed President of the Earth, which he obviously hates, Clara finds the upgraded Danny Pink, or rather he finds her. He wants her to switch off his emotions, but she can’t do it alone and asks the Doctor for help, who is busy dealing with his plane crashing and Missy killing his friends. The Doctor doesn’t want Clara to turn Danny’s emotions off, because he thinks that Danny would instantly kill her, which he promises not to do. Clara uses the Screwdriver to activate the Cyberman mode on Danny, just in time for Missy to arrive and announce that the whole Cyberman army is just a gift for the Doctor (What?). She’s so busy trying to prove to him that they are more alike than he wants to admit, that she doesn’t notice that Danny doesn’t comply like the others. In the end, Danny gets the bracelet that gives him power over all the Cybermen and orders for everyone to destroy themselves in the sky, so that the Cybermen cloud/rain wouldn’t kill the rest of humanity. Does that sum it up alright? Then here are the rest of my thoughts:

  • Osgood is dead and I’m not okay with how little that was acknowledged! She was super-smart and had the perfect taste in accessories.
  • Seb was still weirdly creepy, but he was killed by Missy as well.
  • Kate Stewart almost got killed, but her now-Cyberman father saved her from falling to her death. Brigadier Letbridge-Stewart appeared in previous Doctor Who episodes and all he ever wanted was for the Doctor to salute him. Which he accomplishes by the end of the episode, after he killed (?) Missy.
  • Missy really is bananas, just killing people as she goes about her day. I have no idea if she is dead for good now or not and I also don’t understand how she still lived in the first place anyway. It has something to do with the Doctor saving Gallifrey, but I didn’t actually understand the logic behind that. Also, since it’s now confirmed that Missy was the woman in the shop, I don’t understand her reasons for wanting the Doctor together with Clara either. Was it because she thought Clara could exercise control over him? But it was fun to see Missy floating down with her umbrella like Mary Poppins. She was generally a really hilarious character at times.
  • The scene where the Doctor falls out of the plane and manages to get to his TARDIS in mid-air was really cool in my opinion.
  • It’s sad to think that even at last, the Doctor and Danny didn’t really get along. I loved Danny and he looked terribly frightening as a Cyberman to me. I was sitting in my seat almost crying at the misery that they couldn’t save him and that he died after all. Then he gets the chance to come back, and he still does the right thing, rather than the thing that would make him happy. He sends back the boy he killed from the afterlife (which now looks a lot more like the one from Torchwood), instead of returning to Clara himself. You just can’t really be mad at him after doing something as noble as that.
  • I loved Clara in the last two episodes! There definitely was a bit too much of her this season as a whole, but I enjoyed her darker side towards the end. Also, I adore the whole love can conquer (almost) everything theme that she had going on with Danny and of course the great friendship scenes with her and the Doctor. Is their story really over now? And I’m talking about both, the Doctor and Danny. Because how would Orson Pink ever happen if Danny’s gone for good?
  • Humanity certainly has a lot of darkest hours.
  • The Doctor and Clara part and I am so very unhappy about that. I understand that they probably will get back together … at least I hope so, but it’s so sad to think that they parted with a lie. Clara saying that she’s now living her life with Danny and the Doctor about finding Gallifrey and going back home. Loved the hugging line though, because in a way they really are deceiving by giving one the opportunity to hide your face.
  • The Christmas Special … I want to watch it! How else could it be? We already saw Santa barging in on the TARDIS, but I didn’t understand the Sneak Peek, nor do I know if Clara will be in it.

How did you feel about the season finale? I wanted more … but then again I always want more when it comes to Doctor Who.

17 thoughts on “Death In Heaven

  1. Well, I certainly enjoyed the season finale. Had me at the edge of my seat the whole time, and I certainly didn’t see some of what happened coming. I also seriously doubt Missy’s dead. This is the Master we’re talking about, so there’s a back-up plan in case of annihilation. I expected the Master’s instability when he was resurrected to be addressed, but I guess on Gallifrey he got some work done before he regenerated.
    Clara’s certainly not going anywhere. She’s on the cast list for the Christmas special, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s brought back and Danny too. I’m more concerned about Santa Claus. How are they going to explain that one? And it looks like they’re taking a page out of Ridley Scott’s playbook for the Christmas special. Those briefly-hinted monsters look like the Xenomorph, so I’m wondering how similar they are.
    I’m a little saddened that Osgood’s dead too. On the bright side, Kate survived and it was thanks to one of the Doctor’s best allies of all time. Did not see that coming.
    Also, I have a feeling that Gallifrey won’t be reappearing for a long time. It’s more fun to show the Doctor looking for it, so they’re going to keep that going for as long as possible.
    That midair scene definitely was the bomb. Very James Bond.
    And what kid from Torchwood? Which episode?

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  2. This was the most atheistic episode of Dr Who ever — what with “heaven” being something that the Master invented in order to populate the Nethersphere, and with the Doctor’s line about the American President wanting to pray. I watched this was a bunch of other fans at the Long Island Doctor Who convention this weekend, and there was some spirited debate about all of it during a panel the next day. Suffice to say there were a LOT of Osgood cosplayers this weekend who were VERY very disappointed with the finale!

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    • Totally understandable that the Osgood fans weren’t all too happy.

      I didn’t even think about the religious aspect. But I have to say that even if Missy’s heaven wasn’t the real one, there is mention of an afterlife. They showed it more specific in Torchwood I think

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