Enlarge (credit: Simon Ridgway/BBC) This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: Extremis. River Song always warned the Doctor against spoilers, so be sure to watch the episode first. Doctor Who, season 10, airs on Saturdays at 7:25pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America.
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat clearly wants to go out in style: might he achieve that plan with a trilogy—starting with Extremis—that brings us mysterious new enemies known only as The Monks, who are plotting to conquer Earth with the help of a simulated computer game?
VR might not have taken off in the real world yet and, in my view, looks set to join the ’80s versions of the headsets in the Woolworths bargain bin (remember that?).
But in Extremis, the tech is used imaginatively to create a nightmarish vision that aligns with space billionaire Elon Musk’s insistence that there’s a “one in billions” chance we’re not living in a simulated universe.
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