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CLASSIC CATCH-UP

The five adventures to revisit before the finale, by Russell T Davies

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1 SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE 1970

UNIT are in this new finale – and in terms of their stories, it’s always good to watch Spearhead from Space. That’s Jon Pertwee’s first episode, with the Autons. It’s curiously modernfeel­ing. Because there was a strike, the whole thing was shot on film. So it has a very fluid, mobile and well-framed film camera look. A lovely piece of work.

2 BAD WOLF/THE PARTING OF THE WAYS 2005

That’s me writing my first big season finale, and I love season finales. This year, for longtime viewers, you’ll get the kind of same vibe off that. It’s me stretching those muscles again and enjoying it. I love writing the biggest cliffhange­rs I could possibly ever have. And this one’s huge. Oh my God, this is like a triple cliffhange­r. It’s amazing!

3 THE BELLS OF SAINT JOHN 2013

In this new finale we have a mysterious character called Susan Triad, a tech billionair­e. Similarly, in The Bells of Saint John, Steven Moffat had Celia Imrie being evil at the top of the Shard. I love that story. So we’ve got a bit of that feel to it. Modern London. Danger. Skyscraper­s. That’s a good little thumbnail for it.

4 A GOOD MAN GOES TO WAR 2011

This is the one where the when the truth comes out about Amy Pond’s (Karen Gillan) incredible family connection. The identity of Amy’s daughter is absolutely pivotal to that story. And it’s the same now. The identity of Ruby’s birth mother is powerful and changes the whole plot. [This week’s episode] The Legend of Ruby Sunday is very much in that tradition. “Who are you, companion? Where are you from? How did this happen? How timey-wimey is this?”

5 THE CHURCH ON RUBY ROAD 2023

The obvious one to point out is last year’s Christmas special. You should watch that with a protractor and a ruler, and work out who’s standing where, and who’s pointing in which direction. Who, exactly, was where and when will all be very important — so important it’s ridiculous. We had to stand there with a map — genuinely! Actually, it would almost be better to watch The Church on Ruby Road after the finale to go, “Oh, right, that was happening. I see!”

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