23rd Of November 2013 saw a landmark day for all Whovians and possibly those unfamiliar to the show but wanted to see what the hype was about.
Whovians, acknowledged that this day would be the 50th anniversary of their beloved Time Traveller (Which first aired that day in 1963) However, fans were met with the news that there would be a 50th Anniversary Special, all news and the scripts were kept secret, occasionally some news would be realised news that David Tennant would be returning to play the 10th Doctor would have some fans screaming, but as Whovians would know there could be two forms the Tenth Doctor could take, the Tenth Doctor himself or his Human-Time Lord Equivalent in the parallel universe. The Hints the BBC released would leave more questions then answers, we were told the villains that would be involved and at the end of Series 7 in the episode, “In the Name of the Doctor,” Whovians were left with the knowledge that John Hurt some how would appear as The Doctor.
So, fans are left with questions that could cover all, Who? What? Why? When? How? And this is possibly one of the best kept secrets of the BBC.
7.30PM 25th of November 2013. Get Fish Fingers and Custard Ready. (That’s just what I did, I’m not sure if other fans ate the same thing, but for the record it isn’t as bad as it sounds)
7.48PM- Screaming at the TV Hoping Strictly Come Dancing would hurry up
7.50PM Simultaneous broadcast Doctor Who was shown on the BBC, selected cinemas and 93 other countries, Breaking a Guinness World Record- Some significance to Doctor Who Series 3 episode 13 “Last of the Time Lords,” Where the whole world thinks, “Doctor,” At the exact same moment saving him?
I’m not going to go through the whole episode minute by minute, as we could be here all day as I point out and explain all the little details which probably hold hardly any significance.
But I will admit I had chills when the credits came on screen and it wasn’t the traditional colour 12th Doctor Logo, instead we had the logo with the first 20 seconds of the first ever episode of Doctor Who in the 1960’s and the name “I. Chesterton,” Is written on the school board. Those who don’t know I.Chesterton= Ian Chesterton, one of the Doctors first companions. There are a few things what Old Who fans might have picked up on, such as the first 30 seconds we see, “I Chesterton,” but before that is the name of the scrapyard the TARDIS landed in in the first episode. The Long Scarf worn by one of the Scientists, gives a reference to the scarf worn by the 4th doctor.
Keeping this short-
Some things I loved about this episode-
All the references to old doctor who, I screamed seeing a picture of Susan (The Doctors Granddaughter) on the Pin board of UNIT.
The drama, competition and humour between the three Doctors, such as the Sonic Screwdriver stand off.
The awesome special effects especially those involving Gallifrey (Although I will admit, it did seem a bit Star Wars at times)
All thirteen Doctors coming to save Gallifrey in the end including the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi.
The fact Fez’s were involved
Tenth Doctor warning a bunny rabbit.
We see old TARDIS console- including the circle things
Tom Baker’s (4th Doctor) appearance near the end of the episode *Squeal*
Some Things I was disappointed about-
The fact that we didn’t find out how Rose and the Doctor were in the alternate universe (Spoilers- Billie Piper was in this episode but didn’t exactly play Rose and it was the actual Time Lord Doctor).
The amount of plot holes, there were certain things where it felt like, “That shouldn’t have happened because if that doesn’t happen, this and this doesn’t.” The fact Gallifrey got saved there are lots which need to be explained. The 9th and 10th Doctor will still think that they destroyed Gallifrey but people such as The Master it could be questioned if he should still be around. Also in the 10th Doctors last episode, he admitted that the Time Lord’s have changed for the worse, so it could be argued why did the 11th Doctor save Gallifrey when he knows the President and a few others on Gallifrey are practically waiting to take over the universe?
The amount of flirting the Tenth Doctor did, no, just no.
It seemed the plot was over complicated, not sure how to explain this one, but it felt like there wasn’t a plot line, but that’s because there were around 3 different ones-
- 1- War Doctors (John Hurt’s) plot line, deciding if he should destroy Gallifrey+ The Time War. The other two Doctor’s got brought in because the War Doctor needed to know what he would be like after he destroyed Gallifrey.
- 2- 11th Doctor’s (Matt Smith’s) plot line, investigating paintings then trying to make an arrangement between humans and Zygons.
- 3- 10th Doctor’s (David Tennant) Protecting and marrying Queen Elizabeth I against Zygons.
We see the end of the 1st plot line, although that isn’t the one that this episode started off with, it started with the 11th Doctor. There isn’t much suggestion to the hint of the end of the other two.
The Daleks were said to be one of the villains that were going to be in this episode but depending on how you are looking at it they weren’t exactly. The Zygons were the main villain the Daleks were only the villains when the Time War was shown, which we knew about that anyway.
The Tenth Doctor’s last words were the exact ones what he said before he dies- wasn’t disappointed in that, I cried about that
I do recommend this episode, like any other episode, because even if it does have flaws there is something that makes up for it and if you are a Whovian you probably know that even if you do dislike one part of it it doesn’t mean that you will stop watching or loving Doctor Who.
It will be interesting to see where the series is going to go now that the Doctor knows Gallifrey is out there, viewers are left thinking maybe future series will evolve around The Doctor going on a hunt for his home planet. There is some confusion unfortunately if John Hurt’s appearance changes the Time Lord Numbering, meaning 9 is now 10, 10 is now 11, 11 is now 12 and 12 is now 13. However, I think this for the moment is down to viewers personal opinion I know sites such as Google etc (On date 24.11.13) Still has Peter Capaldi down as the 12th Doctor not the 13th.
Ok, my last post over a month ago, I said I’d do a Doctor Who post multiple times a week, unfortunately I forgot that as well as this November being the month where I squeal like a kid because of Doctor Who, I also do NaNoWriMo (I’ll hopefully get around to explaining that later but it involves me writing a 50,000 word novel in a month) Also I’ve had to be at rehearsals because I’m in a Panto this year.