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Rona Munro!

(Sorry, but trust me, that was mildly amusing if you were reading DWM about ten years ago. Possibly.)

I had a bit of a disjointed experience watching this. Nothing to do with the story or pacing or anything, but I'd grown complacent, what with it being on at almost the same time every week. So at 6:55, I check the Radio Times to see if it's 7:15 or 7:25 and AAARGH!

What I should have done at this point is opened iPlayer and clicked "Watch From Start". Instead, I went through to the TV, and tried to catch up. The result was I missed the beginning of the crows thing, and was vaguely assuming it had followed straight on from "Empress" and Missy was still in the TARDIS (which, of course, it turned out she was, but that was supposed to be a reveal). I watched the start on iPlayer later, but if I'd hoped it might explain why Nardole was in his dressing gown, I was disappointed.

I liked the twist that when Bill finally gets her "a Time Lord gift I allow you to share" moment, the Doctor isn't there to explain it. And she figures it out on her own.

There were some nice funny lines. Not as much as I expected, given that -- "Survival" aside -- the bulk of Munro's work that I'm familiar with has been Stanley Baxter's Playhouse. But I did like Bill trying to explain lesbianism to a Roman legionary who turns out to be bi. (And hey, Rona Munro gets to write a companion she can actually say is attracted to women!)

The monsters ... well, they were cool looking. And they were the horde-of-locusts kind of monsters, which is ... not as good as intelligent monsters with coherent motives, but better than intelligent monsters who want to conquer Earth because That's What They Do. (No, I'm still not over the Monks.)

The legionaries and Picts were nicely realised as individuals. I especially liked the way Carr was played as "I need to be the fiercest person here so nobody realises I may be very slightly in over my head". Pictish standing stones and cairns as gateways to the Otherworld inevitably had me thinking about the Nac Mac Feegle, but that's just two works drawing on the same mythology, I think.

I did enjoy this one; so much so that I'm not even going to nitpick that that is not what happened to the Whoniverse Mary Celeste. Much less whether the temporal mechanics of the alteration to the present day scenes actually holds up. And the Next Time teaser looks like it's very much Everything Happening At Once, which should be great fun if it holds together.

(Current theory: the other Master is a manifestation of Missy's mind, representing her evil side rebelling against her reformation. The Harry Saxon With Goatee look is intended as an amalgamation of previous incarnations.)
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