The finale to Doctor Who Season 10 was a bit of a mess. It had some great moments but really it didn’t land all the punches it setup for me. Luckily Steven Moffat has spoken out about the decision to end Bill’s journey the way it did.
Speaking on Doctor Who: The After Show, Moffat explained that he didn’t see Doctor Who as a gritty dark show, instead one that was optimistic and filled with hope;
“I’ll just say this and I’ll get into terrible trouble with certain people…I don’t think Doctor Who is that kind of show. Doctor Who is a big hearted, optimistic show that believes in kindness and love and that wisdom will triumph in the end. I don’t believe it’s the kind of show that says there are bitter, twisted, nasty endings because it’s not. It’s not gritty; it’s aspirational. It says, ‘It can work. And wisdom and kindness will triumph. And love will always come through in the end.’ I think there aren’t enough people or enough shows saying that and I’m damned if Doctor Who is going to join in with the general chorus of despair.”
He then went on to discuss the possibility of Bill returning down the line;
“So, she doesn’t die. She nearly dies. She nearly dies and she becomes something else. And we leave it in such a way that, again, I don’t know future plans, I’ve kept away from them, I put it such that, because Heather does say ‘Look, I can put you back on Earth if you want to go back and make chips,’ she could. So any of those are [possible]. I kind of think in my head she flies around the universe with Heather. That’s what she does.”
For my money, I was disappointed that Bill effectively got an out from being a Cyberman. The show teased something big, only to yank the carpet out from under fans feet. It was a hugely disappointing way to conclude Bill’s journey in Season 10 – robbing her of something grander.
With Moffat departing and Chris Chibnall stepping into the role for Season 11, let’s hope that the show manages to find its grove again.