Doctor Who S34 E12 "Death in Heaven" / Recap - TV Tropes
View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Meet Again on Discogs. they left home to embark in the 'President,' but a friend of Mr. Vernon had taken "Tis heaven that whispers—Dry thy tears, The pure in heart shall meet again. “I regret that I should leave this world without again beholding him”—"him” being James Be good children and we shall meet in heaven.
But this Sunday was the beginning of it all, a day for prayers and songs and for sermons. President Jacob Zuma gave one of his own at a Methodist church in Johannesburg where some members of the congregation greeted his appeals for healing with, "Oh yes!
He believed in forgiving and forgave, even those who kept him in jail for 27 years. In the run up to presidential elections next year, some are asking whether their current leader is tainted by corruption - even as his own party, and those of his rivals, are riven by dispute.
That is something the Mandela family knows all about. They fought with each other in the courts over the summer, arguing about who should have control over Mandela's financial legacy and even his bones, while the ailing patriarch was not even dead but lying in hospital. Mandla, the eldest grandson, who made an audacious bid to have Mandela buried in his own village, to his own profit, was ostracised by the furious family then.
But he sat in the front pew of the church on Sunday as Zuma spoke, alongside the former president's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Making her first public appearing since his passing, she was dressed in a black turban, she listened intently. Winnie has fought battles of her own of late, determined to be seen as the Mandela family matriarch.
Meanwhile Graca Machel, the third wife, who was at his side every day in the hospital as he lay close to death, has maintained her usual dignified silence. For others on Sunday there was already a sense that mourning should give way to celebration for his long life and all they feel he achieved for them.
It was fitting that this should start with prayers of thanks. Nelson Mandela was educated in a Methodist school and baptised a Methodist as a young man.
After he was released it was clear that his ideas of radical forgiveness were founded that experience, but he took pains not to talk about his own personal faith in public, believing he should not be seen to favour any particular side in his new rainbow nation of cultures and faiths. The Doctor is interrupted in his emotional conversation with the Mistress when Clara calls him, asking him to help her.
But the Doctor refuses — not only because he knows that fully converting Danny will make the Cyberman kill her, but also because Danny's link to the hivemind can help save the Earth.
The Mistress merrily reveals that she was the woman in the shop who put Clara and the Doctor together because she loves to see the uncontrollable Doctor being controlled by such a control freakthen ruptures the plane, gets Kate flung out into the sky, and orders her Cybermen to kill some Belgians for the sheer hell of it. While Missy teleports out, the Doctor is thrown out into the open sky along with the TARDIS, and only survives by making a controlled dive towards his ship mid-fall.
Seb who turns out to be an AI interface looks on in admiration. Missy wearily disintegrates him, mid-squee. Down on Earth, Danny reveals that he can only access the hivemind once he's converted; the Doctor knows that he has no choice but to turn on Danny's emotional inhibitor forever. He can't bring himself to do it, and Clara takes up his screwdriver and performs the act herself.
Man who was clinically dead for an hour ‘I saw Heaven, I met dead friends’
The Mistress joins them in the graveyard, in grand style, and reveals her plan And the Cyberman troops are meant for the Doctor. He can use it to win every war, to liberate all the slaves in Dalek camps across the universe, to settle every dispute in his favour. She wants to see him lead an army, wants to make him admit that he's Not So Different and just like her, that he needs to feel in charge.
Because she just wants her old friend back. The Doctor, suddenly understanding, finds in her words the answer to his question: He gets down on his knees for her and kissing her, very gently, in thanks, he explains to her that he isn't. And he's not a bad man either. He's just an idiot with a box and a screwdriver, helping, learning.
He throws Missy's control bracelet to Danny who's still holding firm against cyberconversion with The Power of Lovewhich is not an emotion but a promise and Danny is able to lead the army of Cybermen into the clouds, making a Heroic Sacrifice to destroy all the dark water once and for all.
In the midst of this, the Mistress gives the Doctor a present: It's in the one place the Doctor hasn't thought to look — back at its old coordinates where it had always been before the Time War. Clara has surreptitiously taken the Mistress's death ray, and doesn't plan on letting her get away to come back with a new atrocity next week — instead, she's going to murder the Time Lady in cold blood.
The Doctor won't let her. Not because he can't bear to see his old friend die, but because he can't bear to see his new friend become a killer. He promises Clara that if that's what it will take to dissuade her, he'll kill the Mistress himself. The Mistress mocks him: But who will save the Doctor's soul?
She gets her answer in the form of an unexpected death ray from offscreen, which apparently disintegrates her on the spot. There's one Cyberman left — one Cyberleader who has not only just zapped the Mistress, the Doctor and Clara discover, it's also taken the time to catch Kate Stewart when she fell from the doomed aircraft and bring her safely to earth. And Kate is muttering about her dad It becomes solemnly clear that the late Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart has risen from his grave, and was one of the many souls placed in the Nethersphere.
Except, he, like Danny, broke free of Missy's control The Doctor realises his old friend is standing before him, and he now has one more chance to say good-bye. The Doctor gives his old friend a first and last salute, and the cyberconverted Brigadier nods his head in acknowledgement, then rockets into the sky and out of sight. Clara tries to go back to her normal life, only to hear Danny's voice in her apartment one night.
He still has that control bracelet and it's good for one trip back from the afterlife. But instead of coming back himself he sends through the child that he killed in the war, asking Clara to take care of the boy, and says his final goodbye.
The Doctor seeks out Gallifrey's coordinates. It's nothing but empty space. Seeing her depowered control bracelet, which she's wearing as a memento, he assumes that she and Danny are happily back together now.
Before she can correct him, he tells her that he's found Gallifrey, and he'll be living there from now on, so there's little point in her and Danny being bothered by him anymore. They share a final hug, on Clara's insistence, neither willing to admit their lie. All Part of the Show: The crowd in front of St. Paul's Cathedral thinks the Cybermen are street performers.
Missy even passes the hat for them. Subverted, however, when it turns out the crowd are all undercover UNIT agents moving into position. Given that Osgood's Zygon duplicate was alive and well the last time we saw either of them, this raises the question of which version Missy killed. And Your Little Dog, Too! Again, Danny accuses the Doctor of being this, this time when Clara insists on activating Danny's emotional inhibitor in his stead.
He makes quite a point of rubbing it in before he dies, to the point of calling him a "bloodsoaked general". Unfortunately it doesn't take the Cybermen long to find Boat One either, presumably because Missy is transmitting her position.
The Mistress displays Joker levels of murderous glee, fully admitting she's completely nuts and enjoys doing it. She sticks Osgood's murder on the same level as popping balloons and justifies the act of killing her despite her strategic value because she's bananas.
Back from the Dead: Danny, though only as a reanimated corpse, and he gives his life to stop the cloud. He gets a second chance to come back thanks to the bracelet, but he gives it to the boy he killed instead.
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart gets to come back in the same fashion as Danny, and sticks around after all the other Cybermen destroy themselves, at last giving the Doctor a chance to let him have a proper good-bye. He then flies away to an unknown fate. Kate throws down a Mondasian Cyberman's head in front of the newly arrived ones from "the last time they tried". She follows it up with a boast that would scare almost any creature in the universe.
Welcome to the only planet in the universe where we get to say this: The Doctor pointing out to Missy that after all the times she's tried to become ruler of Earth, he's achieved it without even trying.
President, you're needed in the briefing room. This is a promise. The promise of a soldier. You will sleep safe tonight. I am not a good man!
And I'm not a bad man. I am not a hero. I'm definitely not a president, and no, I'm not an officer. You know what I am? After much of the series explored the themes of accepting others even as you get to know their edgier sides and imperfections over time and the Doctor's repeated questioning of his own morality, he reaches the conclusion that while he's not a perfect or necessarily heroic person, that doesn't make him a bad person or the villain, "officer" or "destroyer" he's been accused of being — he's simply "an idiot with a screwdriver and a box, passing through, helping out, learning".
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After seeing him spend so much time agonizing over past mistakes displaying serious self-hatred, it's quite touching. The Doctor very gently, very sweetly kisses the Mistress.
Bigger on the Inside: Missy retrofitted the interior of St. Paul's Cathedral to be this so she could hide an army of Cybermen within. A Birthday, Not a Break: Late in the episode, as she's explaining the point of her scheme, Missy points out that it's the Doctor's birthday. He forgot, but she remembered. The Doctor finally seems to accept himself and, to an extent, get over his self-hatred " Danny gets the chance to come back thanks to the Mistress's interdimensional teleport bracelet, but sacrifices it so the innocent boy he shot can live.
The Doctor, thinking Danny has come back, lies to Clara that he's decided to stop travelling, go home and help rebuild Gallifrey, so that she won't feel torn about staying on Earth with Danny.
Clara lets the Doctor go on thinking that she has a future with Danny so he won't feel torn about leaving her behind. Both of them go back to their old lives, alone.
Danny's cyberized corpse looks every bit as dead as it should be from what little is seen of it, with various bits of technology drilled into his face. The moldering cadaver of the Brigadier has been hardwired into a Cyber-suit. Because he doesn't say a word as a Cyberman, we don't know if he even possesses the faculties to speak anymore. Osgood, wearing a bowtie, says that Bowties Are Cool.
She also uses Clara's "Seriously? Osgood examines Missy's little device thingy. The Bus Came Back: The Brigadier returns, one last time, as a Cyberman to save his daughter from a fatal fall. It's an ingenious way of getting around Actor Existence Failure.
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Not quite back, but close. After being put on the bus a half-decade earlier, Jenny, the Doctor's daughternot only gets a shoutout, but the way Clara describes her strongly suggests the Doctor is aware that she is alive.
First Five and Ten mock the poor country for being the exact size of a temporal explosion, and now Missy for not even being French Every moment where Twelve's morality was questioned gets a flashback.
The dead get to come back to life, but as mindless Cybermen. There are a couple exceptions, like Danny Pink and the Brigadier, that get to retain their humanity. The Brigadier just managed through his love for his daughter and his country. While staring down dozens of Cybermen and the Master, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart takes time to banter with the Doctor about his new regeneration, and boasts to the Cybermen about her expertise in bridge and gardening.
The Brigadier only ever wanted the Doctor to salute him! We weren't expecting him to actually come back Again, the Doctor unwittingly winds up as a President, this time of Earth. As usual, he has no interest in power and just wants to get rid of it as soon as possible. This quality is also what allows him to resist the Mistress' temptation.
Clara Motor Mouthing a string of details about the Doctor to convince the Cybermen she is indeed him. Where "she" was born, family members, educational degrees, how many times "she's" been married, etc. Osgood continues to be a walking Doctor costume homage of Theta Sigma-inspired attire. After wearing a big, floppy scarf like the Fourth Doctor, her latest outfit has a leather jacket, Converse sneakers and a burgundy bow tie — favoured by the War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors respectively.
She even shows the damaged head of a Cyberman from that same attempt, old Mondasian design and all. Clara calls herself "The Doctor", again. Only this time, she's genuinely trying to pass herself off as him. Clara recaps the Doctor's entire personal history in a couple of sentences to three Cybermen, trying to convince them she's him, including a stolen TARDIS, four marriages all deceasedmissing children and grandchildren, and a daughter made out of his genetic material.
Clara's mentioning of the Doctor having four marriages all deceased refers to in the Doctor's chronological order Susan's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth IMarilyn Monroe and River Song. Clara mentions the Doctor having gained his doctorate in the wrong era. Clara suggests using the Doctor's real name to prove that she is the Doctor to the Cybermen. We don't find out if she actually knows it, but the fact that it's brought up references the fact that she may or may not have found out in " The Name of the Doctor ", either by possibly regaining the memories of what she read in that book in " Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS ", or having been able to overhear it when River Song said it.
In both cases, it's left somewhat ambiguous as she never explicitly mentions remembering the book, and was rather busy being tortured on the second occasion. Twelve drinks his tea with ridiculous amounts of sugar, just like Three, and Eight in Big Finish.
Osgood mentions the Master is in the files of former Prime Ministers. The Mistress sings "Hey Mickey" or rather "Hey Missy"showing that the Mistress still loves pop songs just like her previous incarnation. The coordinates the Mistress gives the Doctor when she tells him Gallifrey has returned to its old location are the same coordinates given for Gallifrey in " Pyramids of Mars " and " Full Circle ". The shot of Clara in bed as Danny calls out to her is almost a perfect recreation of a similar shot in " Doomsday " when the Tenth Doctor called out to Rose.Mr President #4 Not all presidents go to heaven
The shot of Cybermen walking down the steps of St Paul's is copied from " The Invasion " see page image. Kate refers to Clara as the Doctor's "assistant", not his "companion", as per when the Doctor was mostly stuck on Earth as UNIT's "scientific adviser". Missy's plan to create an army through converting the dead into Cybermen recalls the Macqueen!
Master's the first incarnation of the post-Eye of Harmony regeneration cycle, which Missy is a part of penchant for building armies via Assimilation Plot. Once again, the Doctor doesn't like being saluted. It's like they're self-concussing. Just as was common in the Davies era, the season finale ends with the Doctor being separated from a companion