Doctor Who Extended Media Review – The Complete History Volume #87

Doctor Who The Complete History was a series of hardback volumes which came out every two weeks and covered 3-4 stories each. These were in-depth volumes covering the production of each episode from the first in 1963 to the end of the Peter Capaldi era of the show. In addition to the extensive production notes there were also merchandise and publicity updates and actor profiles. The quality of each volume was exceptional overseen by several different editors. The volumes were only available in the UK and Ireland so were difficult to obtain in other locations. I am more of a Watsonian fan but if you are a Doyalist you will greatly appreciate these books. Even so I give the entire series a solid 8 out of 10. I will rate each episode covered below.

The 10th series was one of the least interesting of the new series in my opinion although this episode Oxygen is one of the strongest of the batch. The story featuring The Doctor with Bill Potts and Nardole find themselves entangled in a capitalist nightmare scenario where you must purchase oxygen in order to survive onboard a space station. Nardole has a bigger role in this episode than in most and it greatly enhances the story. 8 out of 10.

Extremis was the first of the trilogy of stories featuring the monks. I found this series of stories one of the weakest sets of stories of the program. I just didn’t appreciate the storyline much at all. The Missy subplot was OK but the main storyline was pedestrian. I have not revisited these stories since their first broadcast 7 out of 10.

The Pyramid at the End of the World sees the continuation of the monks storyline. This is a slightly better story with the three superpowers involved with the aliens and the Twelfth Doctor‘s fake out with his is he or isn’t he performance. 7.5 out of 10.