“Day of the Doctor” Review

 

 

Poster (1)  The 50th Anniversary of “Doctor Who” and the celebratory special “Day of the Doctor” was perfect!  From beginning-to middle-to beginning-to earlier beginning (yes, it’s a thing)-to end-to new beginning.  Any further reading of this review will contain SPOILERS for not only the special but past (and future?) episodes.  “Day of The Doctor” had one of the biggest cannon changes in the history of ”Doctor Who” to date AND three Doctors running around together (no the TARDIS didn’t day-of-the-drlike it much, but at least time didn’t rip apart).  Moffat gives us two of the most recent and beloved Doctors at once (Tennant and Smith) while bringing in acting legend John Hurt as the War Doctor.  Seeing the similarities and differences between these three incarnations of the Doctor was an absolute treat.  The dichotomy between their ages, appearance, and general outlook on themselves and who they are, was flawless.IMG_3913

Clara, the most recent Companion of the 11th Doctor, finally gets back to her “Impossible Girl” roots and is not only likeable (finally) but helps each Doctor get to where he needs to be.  (After the brutal loss of the Ponds, I had  a bit of trouble warming to the soufflé girl.)  Rose, aka “Bad Wolf”, the interface of The Moment (the weapon used to destroy the Daleks and Gallifrey-to save all other universes), reprised by Billie Piper was stunning as ever.   Piper as “Bad Wolf” and “Rose” has multiple levels of awesome!day-of-the-doctor-2

The most important elements of this space adventure were Gallifrey and the Doctor’s past.  As Whovians (new or old—or regenerate) we have been bred with the knowledge that the Doctor is the last of the Time Lords of Gallifrey, that in a terrible war that was going to destroy the universe, the Doctor chose to destroy the Daleks and his people to save everyone and everything else.  This point in the Doctor’s history has made him the “madman with a box” and created the deep-rooted brooding behind those kind eyes (regardless of what face they are in).  Whovians also know about fixed points in time, ones that not even a Time Lord can change.  The destruction of Gallifrey was thought to be a fixed point, and since the Doctor cannot pass his own time-stream and is the last of the Time Lords, it is forever doomed.

Doctor Who – 50th Anniversary Special - The Day of the Doctor   Moffat found a loophole—and a Fez.  He got to pay homage to the original series and all 13 generations of the Doctor.  He beautifully wrapped up this story with all Doctors working together to save Gallifrey, instead of brooding and running from his guilt and torment (forever getting younger and younger through each regeneration).  This has changed EVERYTHING.  Now the search for Gallifrey is on.  Will the show end once Gallifrey is found?  Will there be paradoxes that Moffat’s genius cannot unravel?  Perhaps.  Until then, I cannot wait to see what “Doctor Who” has in store.  Peter Capaldi will be a welcome change, not only in age and appearance but in style and drive.  He is going to be allowed the freedom of hope without the soul-crushing guilt of killing all his kind (including the 4 billion children).  Here’s hoping the pain of losing Matt Smith will be swiftly alleviated by Peter Capaldi’s brilliant blue eyes!

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