Since the modern series of Doctor Who started in 2005, there has been a Christmas Special every year. The first special, “The Christmas Invasion” was the introduction of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. This year’s “Twice Upon a Time” is Peter Capaldi’s last story as the Twelfth Doctor, as well as the final episode for show-runner Steven Moffat. When Doctor Who returns sometime next fall, Chris Chibnall will helm the show and Jodie Whittaker will be the Thirteenth Doctor.
In a time travel twist, the Twelfth Doctor who is refusing to regenerate after the events of series 10’s finale, finds he is not alone in the South Pole. The First Doctor, portrayed by David Bradley and also refusing to regenerate, stumbles upon the Twelfth Doctor. The First Doctor doesn’t believe he’s with the Twelfth incarnation. Mysteriously time stops. Even the snowflakes are frozen. Interrupting the Doctor fest is a World War I captain who has been pulled from his timeline and dumped in the south pole. A glass figure soon approaches, disturbing the captain. The First Doctor invites him into the TARDIS and is surprised to find the Twelfth Doctor’s console room. Suddenly the TARDIS is rocked. There is a much larger ship above that has seized the capsule and begins lifting it into a grand chamber.
One of the plot threads of the 50th Anniversary “The Day of the Doctor” was the Zygon invasion that started with Queen Elizabeth I in 1562. When Kate Stewart discovered UNIT was compromised, she was prepared to detonate a nuclear bomb to destroy London and take out the Zygons. The Doctors were able to facilitate a peace treaty by momentarily wiping everyone’s memory so they couldn’t remember if they were Human or Zygon.
The Series 9 Zygon two parter is a followup to the 50th Anniversary special. As a result of the treaty, twenty million Zygons have been living as disguised humans on Earth. Vital to maintaining the peace is Osgood, who bonded with her Zygon double as a sister. But the peace is threatened when Missy kills Osgood. The surviving Osgood is left to grieve, while a splinter group of Zygons who are unhappy with the status quo revolt.
Series 8 premiered in August 2014, a year after Peter Capaldi was announced as the next Doctor. The main arc revolved around a mysterious woman who called herself Missy. She would greet people who recently died and welcome them to “paradise” or “the Nethersphere.” Throughout the series Doctor Who fans speculated about her identity. Some thought it was another incarnation of River Song, since she called the Doctor her boyfriend. Others thought she was the Rani, a villain who appeared during the Sixth and Seventh Doctors’ eras.
In this week’s Doctor Who the Doctor managed to convince the Zygons to stop the war before it began. On Once Upon a Time, we learn Merlin’s history with The Dark One and Emma reforges Exalibur. It’s a family affair on The Librarians when the latest case forces Jacob to reveal his secret life to his old-fashioned father. Britney Spears making a guest appearance is just the beginning of the insanity on Jane the Virgin. Love is in the air on both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Mindy Project, albeit in very different ways. This week on The Flash, Barry and Zoom finally came face to face, while Arrow finally found the missing Ray Palmer. Read on to find out more about what happened in your favorite shows this week: Continue reading This Week on TV: Nov 7 – 13→