Extremis – Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 6 – The DVDfever Review


Extremis – or, rather, In extremis – is Latin for “in the farthest reaches” or “at the point of death”.

How about a load of confusing rubbish that shows Steven Moffat at his most self-indulgent? It really must be his WORST episode since the Xmas one, The Return of Doctor Mysterio – which was Moffat’s LAST worst episode. Is he trying to kill the show off completely before Chris Chibnall takes over??!

NOTE: I will give spoilers for this episode, because I can’t describe my thoughts on it without revealing what happened within.

So, who’s in the vault? In short, it’s Missy. In long… it’s still Missy.

As it began, we the Doctor killing off Missy, in a fancy setting, since it requires another Time Lord to do the deed, and it’s her first episode since the second episode of Series 9’s two-part opener, The Witch’s Familiar.Oh, and there, he can seemingly still see, despite being blind now. Huh?

This entire episode was an absolute bloody mess, jumping back and forth throughout, but before the opening credits, everything stopped as he received an email entitled “Extremis”.

Nardole, The Doctor and Bill

Early on in, The Pope turned up in need of help from the Doctor – to help cure all the priests in Rome of paedophilia?

To make matters worse, while no-one was missing Bill, she was brought into the proceedings, putting the mockers on a date when the Doctor and his TARDIS interrupted them.

As for what followed, they travelled to the Vatican for the Library of Blasphemy, some of them read the Veritas – meaning ‘truth’, the Doctor got his sight back – for a while, there’s emails to and from CERN, a monster wandering about, a death pact at CERN, shadow people, fake Earths, Super Mario, and a portal opening with a bright light where you can accidentally travel into the Pentagon and other places thanks to alien technology.

None of this made a lick of sense, or even garnered any interest. Nardole and Bill were seemingly killed off, yet were brought back into existence through no real explanation. And since we know John Simm’s coming back as The Master, Extremis felt like a time-filling episode to bring Missy back into the game for a short time before Simm returns.

As for this week’s monsters – they have no nose! How do they smell? TERRIBLE!!!

Next week: a 5,000-year-old pyramid that’s just come into being today (well, on the day the episode takes place) and it contains monsters who – as usual – will attack the Earth, but what’s not usual, is that it’s the same ones from this week. Sadly, Moffat’s one of the writers again.

Extremis is available on the BBC iPlayer until one week after the series ends. You can also pre-order Series 10 Part 1 on Blu-ray and DVD, ahead of its release on May 29th. Both versions contain six episodes, plus six exclusive Series 10 art-cards.

In addition, you can pre-order Series 10 Part 2 on Blu-ray and DVD, ahead of its release on July 17th. Both versions contain the last six episodes, plus six exclusive Series 10 art-cards.

Individual episodes can be bought in HD and SD here.

The Pyramid At The End Of The World – Next week’s Doctor Who episode

Score: 0/10

Director: Daniel Nettheim
Producer: Peter Bennett
Executive Producers: Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin
Writer: Steven Moffat
Music: Murray Gold

The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
Bill: Pearl Mackie
Nardole: Matt Lucas
Missy: Michelle Gomez
Moira: Jennifer Hennessy
Cardinal Angelo: Corrado Invernizzi
The Pope: Joseph Long
Penny: Ronke Adekoluejo
Rafando: Ivanno Jeremiah
Piero: Francesco Martino
Pentagon Woman: Alana Maria
Nicholas: Laurent Maurel
Monk: Jamie Hill
Voice of the Monks: Tim Bentinck

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  • Lucas

    This person clearly did not watch the episode properly, leading them to confuse themselves over really simple details than any average viewer can understand.

  • Donald

    How can you award zero points. The effort of all involved just to make it must worth something. A spiteful ignorant review from an idiot trying to make a name for himself

  • It went back and forth like a yoyo, making no sense. What was there that was ‘simple’ about it?

  • Charming! Well, from one idiot to another, the episode was a complete mess, which made no sense whatsoever. Moffat is a disaster and he’s killing this show.

  • Donald

    Well a lot of people would disagree with you. Awarding zero points for anything is a pretty horrible thing to do.

    If I worked on the show I would be pretty upset with your award as it’s a kick in the teeth to anyone who works hard – regardless of the quality of the story.

    So effectively – acting – special effects – photography – wardrobe etc all deserve zero points. Perhaps you should go and meet the crew to give them the news.

  • Lucas

    I disagree. And if you disagree with me, that’s okay. Each to their own. But, personally, I don’t understand how others seem to have a hard time not understanding the story. I’ve only hear incorrect assumptions made about the story where it feels to me that people disliked the fact that Moffat wrote the episode and judged it solely on that without paying full attention.

    I found the episode simple to understand in one sitting. If you’d be kind enough to tell me what wasn’t simple about it, please enlighten me, as the only thing I’ve found confusing is other people getting confused.

  • Well, I explained it as best I can in the review. At least the Pyramid episode was more coherent, even if it was almost completely terrible. What did you think of it?

  • So you expect me to give them pity points for making that rubbish? At least the Pyramid
    episode was more coherent, even if it was almost completely terrible.
    What did you think of it?

  • Lucas

    I agree that The Pyramid was more coherent and easier to follow. I personally thought it was just as good as Extremis, so, personally, I thought The Pyramid was very good. Clearly we aren’t a fan of the same types of episodes, however. Are you looking forward to the conclusion next week at least?

  • Donald

    Both episodes have been good. Perhaps your marking policy should have separate sections for production and story

  • Not massively. The Doctor will probably push a Big Red Reset Button again.

  • You need a strong story first to make the rest matter.

  • Donald

    The problem you have as a reviewer is that handing out zero points tells and readers of your site that you can only take a subjective – not an objective view. The best reviewers try and mix a bit of both so as not to alienate any base of readers they may have.

  • Clearly you’ve not read many of my reviews, since even when I’ve seen a film that sucks big-time, if there’s any redeeming features in them whatsoever then I’ll mention them.

    By giving a TV show or film zero points should not alienate anyone – it’s one person being honest. If a film or TV show has zero redeeming features then I’ll call them out on it.

    I’m not writing reviews to kiss the arse of those that make the output. If you want that, choose The Sun. They seem to love everything.

  • Well, the conclusion to this storyline sucked big time. Empress of Mars was a slight improvement on things..

  • Well, the conclusion to this storyline sucked big time. Empress of Mars was a slight improvement on things.

  • Lucas

    I quite enjoyed the conclusion to the story, but the Monks seemed to have given up a bit easily without leaving much of a mark on humanity. The episode itself felt a bit off, but overall quite enjoyable. And yes, Empress of Mars was a slight improvement, being a good filler episode and easily Gatiss’ best script, in my opinion.

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