Doctor Who ‘Death in Heaven’ recap: The end of the afterlife

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The term “comic book death” is typically a pejorative, a reference to a character death in a story — any story — that has every chance of being reversed. And while it can be pleasing to see certain characters again, resurrecting them often robs the original death of its drama.

Doctor Who has had its share of comic book deaths (arguably its lead character is a regularly recurring one), several of them in “Death in Heaven,” the final episode of season 8. But the episode gets away with them by having a few things to say about death: what it might be, what we leave behind when we’re gone, and, if you’ve managed to cheat death forever — as the Doctor and the Master have done — what’s the point of continuing on? Read more…

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