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Twice Upon a Time 

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The Twelfth Doctor, still refusing to change, goes on a last adventure with the First Doctor.


Rachel Talalay


Steven Moffat, Kit Pedler (written by: "The Tenth Planet") | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
David Bradley ... The Doctor
Pearl Mackie ... Bill
Mark Gatiss ... The Captain
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Matt Lucas ... Nardole
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Helen Clay
Toby Whithouse ... German Soldier
Lily Travers ... Polly
Jared Garfield ... Ben
Nicholas Briggs ... Daleks (voice)
William Hartnell ... The Doctor (archive footage)
Anneke Wills ... Polly (archive footage)
Michael Craze ... Ben (archive footage)
Jodie Whittaker ... The Doctor


The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley)'and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure. The two Doctors find each other in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass-like entities, who steal their victims from frozen time, and a World War I captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story. A tale about the power of hope in humanity's darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning.

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This is the last episode of Series 10, not the first episode of Series 11, as you can tell from the acting/producing credits and the year of transmission. See more »


The First Doctor acts as if he is astonished that he will eventually regenerate into another person. Yet, by the time the First Doctor has reached this point in his life, he has already experienced the events of Doctor Who: The Five Doctors and Doctor Who: The Three Doctors: Episode One in which the First Doctor was made very much aware that he would eventually regenerate into several different people. However, it has been previously explained in Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor and Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls that earlier incarnations cannot retain any memory their meetings with later incarnations. See more »


[first lines]
Thirteenth Doctor: Oh, brilliant!
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Features Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet: Episode 1 (1966) See more »

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A Beautiful Departure
27 December 2017 | by MaxHuskinsSee all my reviews

Last years Christmas special was one of the worst episodes of Doctor Who that ever happened, it made me fall out of love with the show. The Capaldi seasons had a few ups and many downs, even though Peter is an incredible doctor, the show was plagued with problems such as bad writing.

With all of that said, this was an absolutely beautiful and magical send off. By far one of the best, emotional and meaningful Christmas Specials that have ever been made. I was worried that the episode would pull the gimmicky two doctors plot but they managed to perfectly reason it, creating an incredible episode. I think "Twice Upon a Time" captures the best of the Doctor who essence. It's a worthy goodbye to the Twelfth Doctor, Bill, and Steven Moffat as show runner. The show is worth returning to on this high note.

Prepare to love it and cry a lot.

I am now once again excited to see the future of Doctor Who, with a new doctor and show runner I'm sure we will see exciting changes and a new direction.

Merry Christmas and long live the Doctor!

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