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Last updated 22 May 2017
Broadcast: Saturday 20th May 2017
7:25pm-8:15pm BST (18:25 GMT) « » Premiere « »
BBC One
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Featuring: Peter Capaldi, Matt Lucas, Pearl Mackie, Michelle Gomez

An ancient text lies hidden in a forbidden library at the heart of the Vatican. The Pope urges the Doctor to read it - but everyone who does so has been found dead. Can the Doctor handle The Veritas?


Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Broadcast Source: BBC

Ratings Information:


Initial figures: 4.160m viewers (overnight), 22.7% audience share (3rd place day), AI 82

Initial Figures: the episode was third most watched show of the day, with ITV's Britain's Got Talent as usual taking the top spot with 9.13m viewers and a whopping 44.7% share of the total television audience! Second place went to Pointless Celebrities, which was watched by 4.52m viewers (28.9% share).


Notes


Extremis: Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) (Credit: BBC/BBC Worldwide (Ray Burmiston))DRAMA The Doctor, wearing sonic sunglasses and standing in an empty lecture hall, is mystified by a personal visit from the Pope. "Why would you do that?" he enquires, not altogether respectfully. He learns of an ancient document called the Veritas that's contained in a Vatican library, and of the new translation that's been posted onine. And the problem? Those who have read it have all taken their own lives. Can the Doctor solve the riddle - and survive?

An elegant pre-credits feint sets the tone for a typically classy mind-bender from outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat. As you'd expect, it doesn't neglect the funny (a papal audience for Bill plus ever-fretful Nardole). Otherwise this is a dark and rich existential workout, taking The Ring, The Name of the Rose and The Matrix as its reference points, and even Missy the minx (Michelle Gomez) has a subdued air.

An audacious two tales for the price of one, Extremis flits between Rome, Cern, Washington and a far-off world. It shows a writer in calm control of his material, and Peter Capaldi in private agonies as the careworn Doctor.

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