It’s time to add the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventure, Twice Upon A Time to your DVD and Blu-ray collection.
Peter Capaldi bowed out of Doctor Who on Christmas Day with a touching, if rather slight, story which saw him paired up with the First Doctor (played here by David Bradley) to learn about the Testimony; this was Steven Moffat revisiting the themes of the Twelfth Doctor’s era – namely, remembrance and regret – and indeed, those of the Eleventh Doctor’s era too, including the Doctor’s morality, the importance of memories, and how the Time Lord has grown to become Earth’s protector. Pleasingly, Mark Gatiss (who, between appearing in episodes like The Lazarus Experiment and The Wedding of River Song, and writing serials like Victory of the Daleks and The Crimson Horror, has been a mainstay of the 2005- present iteration of Doctor Who) played an important role as a captain in the First World War, squaring up to his opposite number, a German soldier played by Toby Whithouse (School Reunion; The God Complex), and his imminent death.
It’s a mournful piece, but also oddly uplifting at the same time. It helped that Pearl Mackie returned as the joyous Bill Potts.
You can now relive this final chapter for the Twelfth Doctor with the DVD and Blu-ray releases. Despite being something of a “vanilla” release, likely not to be included in a boxset of Doctor Who Series 11, it comes with these special features:
- Doctor Who Extra
- The End of an Era
- Doctor Who Panel: San Diego Comic-Con 2017
This is, of course, the last Doctor Who to be written by outgoing showrunner, Steven Moffat, who’s been a key part in the show since his 2005 serial, The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances. It’s also likely to be the final directed by Rachel Talalay (World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls), and if so, at least they’ve both gone out on a high.
Twice Upon A Time is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.