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DRAMA It's the end of days for Peter Capaldi and for showrunner Wa Steven Moffat, and they're giving fans a final treat by hooking up the 12th Doctor with his very first incarnation, now embodied, with oodles of magic, by David Bradley. (Original Doctor Who William Hartnell died in 1975.)

"When Doctors meet, it's a laugh," Moffat tells RT. Capaldi's Doctor is mortified by his earlier self's old-fashioned (hilarious) attitudes, while Bradley's Doctor is unimpressed by his successor's sonic sunglasses and sepulchral Tardis (his own is re-created in its gleaming white 1960s glory). Twice upon a Time plays some sombre notes, too. Mark Gatiss is top-hole and rather touching as a British captain lifted out of a bomb crater in the Great War. Glass avatars from the future oblige the doddery Doctors to contemplate mortality and what it means to be good and evil.

Smartly, there are no real bad guys in this absorbing adventure. Best of all, Moffat has written Capaldi a beautiful valedictory speech underlining his philosophy for the programme they've both adored for 50 years. It places the mystery of the Doctor back in the hearts of children, celebrates the Time Lord's past and reaches to the future. Watch those sad eyes as they burn and melt into Jodie Whittaker's. See page 47

Caption: FESTIVE FAREWELL Bill (Pearl Mackie) and the first Doctor (David Bradley) see off Peter Capaldi in his final episode

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