One week to go until Mondas, Missy and the Master!
We’re breaking down all the juicy bits of tonight’s trailer for ‘World Enough and Time’.
Hat Game is Fierce
It should come as no surprise that Missy is back in the TARDIS. But she seems in no hurry to stay. Michelle Gomez’s manic Missy hasn’t been seen sporting any major headgear since her first episode. It’s good to see that her limited freedom now includes a quick visit to a mad hatter. The Doctor lets her out for an experiment; he wants to see if she can keep her good streak going under pressure…
“…these are my disposables”
Guess not. Bill and Nardole have been drafted as Missy’s ad-hoc companions and seem positively thrilled by the idea. The hat’s vanished all of a sudden but that’s probably sensible. Bill and Nardole were probably getting jealous, that’s why they look so miffed. Bill’s back in her episode one getup. Which will please any cosplayers who shelled out for the Purple Rain t-shirt and denim jacket. It looks like they’re in a control room of an observatory.
Meanwhile, the Doctor is doing some observing of his own. We can all relate to sitting back with some popcorn and watching the latest adventure of the Doctor and his companions. Twelve seems pretty at ease with letting Missy run the show this week. But, after Nardole this evening, where is everyone getting all this popcorn from? Does the BBC have a deal going with Butterkist or something? Surely that’s against the charter!
I Don’t Like Mondas!
The observatory scanners seem to pick up a familiar planet in the sky. It’s Mondas, last seen onscreen way back in 1966’s ‘The Tenth Planet‘. The Earth’s twin planet met its apparent end after its inhabitants upgraded themselves to endure the cold. Eventually they gave it up as a bad job and buggered off to conquer the galaxy. Since we soon see an early Cyberman, we’re guessing this takes place before Mondas got blowed up good. Maybe Missy has something to do with it!
Somehow, Bill finds her way into a hospital ward on (presumably) Mondas itself. While we can’t spot any Mondasian Cybermen, something ain’t right about these patients. Set photos suggests that these things are called “Topknots” and look like people getting prepped for Cyber-conversion. The cloth bags over their heads certainly look like they’ve got ambitions at becoming balaclavas. Is Bill in for the same treatment?
This trailer is surprisingly coy about showing us the Cybermen we’ve seen in countless trailer shots and publicity stills already. We only get this one glimpse of a shadowy Mondasian Cybermen just as The Doctor names them. My guess is that this takes place in the same hospital wing Bill is in and we’re seeing a newborn Cyberman. A topknot goes in and emerges with some funky head handles and some much-needed eyeholes.
“Give us a kiss!”
Oh, John! You old smoothie! Well, if you insist. Ahem, sorry, got a little carried away. Yes, it’s John Simm returning as The Master. And yes that beard is just as rubbish as his past incarnations. It’s traditionally rubbish! Why hasn’t Michelle Gomez grown one yet? The episode’s title is taken from Andrew Marvell’s poem, ‘To His Coy Mistress’. How much do you bet the Master starts writing love letters to his future self?
World Enough and Time
It’s also the title of an episode in ‘The Diary of River Song’ volume two. That’s not relevant, I just thought it was interesting. And I wanted an excuse to link you to my review.