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Doctor Who Flux: The Vanquishers review: Enjoyable but overloaded finale misses opportunities as it teases end of Jodie Whittaker’s regeneration

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor faces up to Swarm in the final episode (Picture:BBC)

Doctor Who: Flux is at its end and, while Chris Chibnall definitely provided us one of the most ambitious series of recent years, unfortunately lots still fell flat.

We catch up with the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) as she’s held captive by Swarm (Sam Spruell) and Azure (Rochenda Sandall) before she’s trisected into different realities.

Simultaneously trying to get back to Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop), while trying to save Unit’s Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), as well as Bel (Thaddea Graham) and Karvanista (Craige Els) proves a little too much for the Doctor.

To add to it all, she’s being tormented by Swarm and Azure, who are in posession of her lost memories. Meanwhile, the Sontarans are planning to take over the universe – so not too much to deal with.

The Doctor manages to use her split selves to her advantage, rescuing herself from the Grand Serpent (Craig Parkinson), and extinguishing the Flux, leading to the destruction of Swarm and Azure.

However, we leave the Doctor still haunted by her lost memories with a sure sense that she’s not going to give up on them that easily.

Jodie’s regeneration is teased (Picture: BBC Studios/James Pardon)
Her moment with Yaz was particularly heart-wrenching (Picture: BBC Studios/James Stack)

Jodie once again shone, with the Doctor going from bantering with her split selves to having heart-wrenching reunions in a matter of seconds.

The moment with Yaz was particularly special, while the surprise bond between the Doctor and Karvanista was an unexpected tug on the heartstrings, with Jodie and Craige playing the scene perfectly.

The guest stars, particularly Kevin McNally and Craig Parkinson, also smashed it, although after creating such elaborate theories surrounding the Grand Serpent, many fans might be a bit disappointed with his role in the finale.

Fans might have expected more from Craig Parkinson’s Grand Serpent (Picture: BBC Studios/James Pardon)
Kevin McNally also shone (Picture: BBC Studios/James Pardon)

The same could be said for Storm and Azure. While there were high hopes for the pair of them as some of the best villains in recent years, and Sam and Rochenda certainly didn’t disappoint with their performances, there could have been more depth behind them.

While Chibnall has to be commended for Doctor Who: Flux, it feels a little like he overloaded the series for the sake of it being his most ambitious. Told over six chapters, we’re left with a finale that’s enjoyable but feels like it’s frantically trying to tie up loose ends as efficiently as possible.

Plus…does anyone care about Vinder (Jacob Anderson) even at this point?

What hit home the hardest with Chapter Six was actually the small references to the 13th Doctor’s regeneration. With only three specials to go, we might be about to see a darker and more helpless side to her Doctor as her time closes out.

Doctor Who returns on New Year’s Day.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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