Written by Ollie C.
This review does NOT contain spoilers for 'The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos'
Well, Chris Chibnall, I forgive you. You have given Series 11 the (almost) perfect finale. Rounding up the entire series neatly, 'The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos' will certainly be remembered for creating a satisfying conclusion to a rather mixed overall series.
This episode, rather to my surprise, allows for Jodie Whittaker to give arguably her best and most nuanced performance to date, here. I finally feel that she has come into her own- give or take a few moments- cementing herself into the role as the 13th Doctor. And it's about time.
As for the rest of the team, Graham and Ryan are AGAIN the standouts, with the latter growing into a character that is developed and multi-layered. Graham continues to easily be the best part of the series, giving his best performance too as he faces a threat with "unfinished business".
And then we have Yaz. Poor Mandip Gill, her character remains the quiet one, with little to do other than offer as another voice to ask questions and help out when the scene requires her to. It's a real shame that Gill didn't get the chance to show off her talents more because with some more screen time, she could really come into her own the way that the other two 'friends' did.
The episode itself may be a little extravagant, often feeling a bit like a Russell T Davies finale with a cataclysmic reckoning for the Doctor and a deadly threat to the human race and its planet. However, more or less, this is done well and allows for some exciting Sunday evening sci-fi that was perhaps missing with some of Moffat's finales.
There are a few things which are a bit off with this finale, with the Ux being the most notable example. It felt like with a bit more time (perhaps scrap The Tsuranga Conundrum and make Episode 9 and 10 and two parter), these beings could be considerably more interesting and developed- making them characters we would like to see return. Mark Addy, who plays Paltraki is also a intriguing character but still feels that more time was required to give him the full picture we needed.
And Segun Akinola's score is on point this episode, giving an epic theme towards the end of the episode that will truly be remembered.
Overall, Chris Chibnall despite his flaws, has produced a thoroughly enjoyable piece of science fiction, that is captivating, multi-layered and satisfying. Now let's get down to business on New Years Day, with 'Resolution'. Now THAT looks like a good episode... and who/what could be returning? You only have to look at the rumours to take a pretty good guess.
Oh and did we mention, Doctor Who Series 12 will not be coming until 2020! Just when it was getting good...
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