By Daniel Schwartz
(Victor Valley)– 2016 has been a pretty rough year for everyone’s favorite Time Lord. There were no new Doctor Who episodes (aside from the Christmas episode) and it was announced that the series would have a new show runner (and possibly new lead) following the 10th season.
With a full year between new episodes, fans were left pondering if the Christmas episode would be worth the wait. Fortunately, the answer was a resounding “yes”.
“The Return of Doctor Mysterio” delivers a fun story that includes a superhero, the return of Nardole, and evil alien brains. With a humorous origin story for “The Ghost” that includes The Doctor shockingly discovering that Clark Kent is Superman and accidentally giving Grant his powers, the episode gets off to a strong start and does not let off the gas until the very end.
As a fan, it was fun to see the superhero genre explored by The Doctor. It was also really cool to see a one-off character (Nardole) become an entertaining companion. If the preview of the coming season is any indication, this episode is not the last we will see of Nardole (who has also learned how to fly the TARDIS).
Overall, this episode showcased the 12th Doctor at his finest in what may be his last Christmas special. Full of fun and danger, this episode does not let fans down.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10. An exciting return to New York and the airwaves that should not be missed.