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He did put that nameless woman in The End of Time who was definitely meant to be the Doctor's mother.
We finally get some more tension between the companions and the Doctor, even if it is all too brief. Graham and Yaz have a lovely scene, which would have had more impact if they'd had any actual one-on-one interaction before this episode, but they haven't. Also Yaz tells Graham he's come a long way but he's been keeping up pretty much since mid-S11 so that doesn't really mean much, either. We also get to watch Brendan's life and apparently this was a series of flashbacks seen by the Doctor but we don't have a single scene of Thirteen actually reacting to them so it's hard to tell.
The Timeless Children
This finale definitely had more drama and impact than Battle of Rattlesnake Canyon and I appreciate that, it's an improvement. Dhawan's scene with the Cyberium was great, although I wish the writing would give him something beyond "manic and evil". Graham tells Yaz she's the best and we all go "... yeah?" =/ Again, that would have had way more impact if they'd shared any one-on-one interaction before these past two episodes.
I am not particularly concerned about canon - Who does not really have a canon as such, which I think is one of the reasons it's survived this long. I do have an issue with a) Ruthless Doctor being inserted into the canon to make things more diverse without letting us actually see her as the Doctor and b) Thirteen telling the Master that this trauma makes her special and superior to him. Yeah, we have a white woman telling a MOC that she's better than him. Ugh, Chibnall, why?!
What I really disliked:
"You know of my daughter?"
"Will do - gorgeous brain!" (Which I totally wiped by the way!)
The Doctor mindwiping Ada and Noor becomes even worse in hindsight because of this episode, where we have Romantics seeing Cybermen and Percy Shelley being told he's going to die and yet they're all allowed to keep these memories because... they're the finest minds of their generation? Like Ada wasn't? Like Noor wasn't worthy of keeping her memories even though her death was even more imminent? It infuriates me.
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