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Note: This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who Season 10, Episode 6, "Extremis." We all have our favorite Doctor Who episode, am I right? Whether it's "Genesis of the Daleks" or "Heaven Sent," there has been a string of stunning episodes and stories over the show's 54 years. The latest episode of Series 10 has proven to be one of the best to date, with showrunner Steven Moffat being heaped with praise courtesy of an appreciative and vocal online community.
So What's 'Extremis' About?
Deep inside the Haereticum — the Vatican's secret library of blasphemy — an ancient book is kept, known as the The Veritas. Throughout history, if one were to read The Veritas, they'd commit suicide immediately. Now, a new translated version of The Veritas has been made available online and the entire world is in danger. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor — but will he read The Veritas and take his own life? In this episode, Missy inadvertently gets caught up in the adventure.
Alongside Missy, the Doctor comes face-to-face with deadly creatures known as the Monks. But these terrifying entities are known as something else, which is to be revealed very soon. In an interview with the BBC, showrunner Moffat revealed:
“We’ve got a new enemy, which I won’t talk too much about but we call them The Monks though that’s not really their name.”
The Midseason Episode Has Been Named As The Best Episode So Far
As has now become tradition, each week fans have taken to Twitter to either live tweet the episode as it broadcasts on the BBC, or offer their resoundingly positive recaps when the episode has finished, expressing their joyous emotions in 140 characters or less. And the general consensus is that fans loved this episode.
Kicking it all off, one tweeter, Colin Smith, hailed "Extremis" as the best of Moffat during his time as showrunner:
Another fan couldn't hold back their excitement as they live tweeted the episode, offering this succinct audit:
With the title being "Extremis," it appears hardcore superhero fans were expecting a familiar face to show up. This user summed up the thoughts of many:
Another fan has been left on the edge of their seat as they just can't wait for Episode 7, tweeting:
Doctor Who isn't Doctor Who without a curveball, and one excited fan wasn't let down:
Finally, this user claimed TV was wonderful because of the way Series 10 of Doctor Who has given fans such positive vibes:
"Extremis" is just one installment of a three-part story arc, so what has our favorite Time Lord got coming as the saga continues next week in "The Pyramid at the End Of the World"? With the meddling Monks hellbent on taking over the world, can the Doctor, Bill Potts and Nardole stop the people of Earth from reading The Veritas? Find out next Saturday when Peter Capaldi's final series as the Doctor continues. Watch the trailer for Season 10, Episode 7's "The Pyramid at the End of the World" below.