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Well, then.



Whenever the show does one of And-then-there-were-none episodes (here it's the haunted house variation), they either seem to be avarage or extraordinary. The avarage ones all share the same problem: to wit, the guest cast isn't very memorable. (Whereas if the scriptwriter manages to individualize the episode ensemble, so you care when they're taken off the table one by one, the resulting episode already is a win in my book.) This was an avarage episode in this regard. What interest in the plot I have is solely related to whether or not the Landlord is meant to parallel the Doctor. (Oh, and I also thought upon the reveal that it's a good thing those bugs never made it to White Pine Bay, Oregon, because Norman Bates would have so gone for that solution.)

Otoh the interaction between Bill and the Doctor continues to be delightful, from him helping her move via the TARDIS onwards. That he's taken to be her grandfather (and vain enough to protest that surely father would work better) was another moment that makes me hope we'll see or at least hear from Susan this season. Though the person in the vault now definitely sounds like the Master, any of them. (Surely, Nardoles's "you never learn" to the Doctor re: Mystery Person and Doctor socializing with same and donating pianos to same can't refer to anyone else?) Because Moffat loves his time travel and self fulfilling prophecies, my current guess is that this is not Missy but Simm!Master, who'll regenerate into Missy in the course of this season's story. However said story will end will inspire Missy to do the Hereafter/Cyberman plot she does in Twelve's first season.

Speaking of regeneration, that was a pointed pause and non-answer from the Doctor when Bill stumbled across that word in his short explanation about Time Lords. Which made me sigh for Doylist reason. We all know it's coming, and dammit, I'll miss Twelve. Eleven I liked without loving him, but Twelve I love again.

Lastly: Bill pointing out to the guy that she's into girls was, I presume, to clarify she's not bi? Or maybe just to give us a matter-of-fact acceptance moment on screen.

I need a Bill icon, but I haven't found one that truly swept me away yet.
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