Doctor Who makes multiple Masters and old-school Cybermen more than a nostalgia tour

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Like the opening entries of most of new Doctor Who’s two-parters, “World Enough And Time” has to hold most of the really good stuff in reserve for next week’s episode. We get only the smallest taste of John Simm’s Master out of his preposterous disguise, and precious little sense of his interactions with Michelle…

Tonight’s Doctor Who is nothing special, at least until it uncorks an all-time great ending

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For most of its 45-minute running time, “The Pyramid At The End Of The World” is fine. Not much more than that, admittedly, but there’s nothing wrong with fine. But it’s perhaps telling that the most inventive, most powerful moments of tonight’s episode come when it’s drafting off of the stories before and after it.…

Bob’s Burgers ends its season with a simple reminder of what makes it special

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It’s not always easy to tell whether a season-ending Bob’s Burgers episode is actually meant to serve as a proper finale. Outside season four’s “Wharf Horse” two-parter, most seasons’ valedictory episodes don’t typically look to do anything too different or crazy as a way of saying goodbye for the summer. That’s…

A great, experimental Doctor Who considers a world where all hope is gone

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In each of Peter Capaldi’s three seasons aboard the TARDIS, Steven Moffat has for his Doctor an experimental, narrative-breaking episode. Season eight gave us “Listen,” in which it’s quite possible we witnessed a Time Lord’s mental breakdown. Season nine had “Heaven Sent,” which finds the Doctor almost entirely by…

On Class, it’s so embarrassing when your parents interrupt you saving the world

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The first three episodes of Class range from fine to really good hours of television, but the subsequent two-parter of “Co-Owner Of A Lonely Heart” and tonight’s “Brave-ish Heart” have made plain their basic shortcoming: Those first three episodes were those of a show still in need of its own identity, and not…