TV Club: Doctor Who offers a pitch-perfect finale

What makes a great Doctor Who finale? The basic answer is the same as that for any show—bring the stories told over the course of the season to their logically and emotionally satisfying conclusions, with maybe a fun twists thrown in for good measure—but the wide-open creative canvas of this show makes that an especially fearsome task. Doctor Who, particularly in its revived form, invites climactic stories with the biggest possible stakes and with promised answers to impossible mysteries. To ask the show to sustain any story or even a mere plot thread over the course of an entire season is asking a lot, considering how the show flits between settings and genres from episode to episode, resetting a part of the narrative every time. It’s a tall order, and while Doctor Who‘s season-ending stories are generally better than its reputation for fumbled finales would suggest …

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