Doctor Who 50th Episode The Day of the Doctor

The War Doctor (John Hurt): “Hello”         Doctor who 50th Episode Poster

Doctor Who (David Tennant): “I’m the Doctor”

Doctor Who (Matt Smith): “Sorry about the Dalek”

Clara: “Also the showing off”

Spoilers (slight ones, at least)

I used to write about Doctor Who (and even the Sarah Jane Adventures) here when I first started this blog but stopped because there was little that grabbed my attention (okay there was the Van Gogh episode and last season’s one about the haunted manor) and I wanted to focus on films and anime. All that changed with last night’s episode celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. It is worth writing about because this episode was really well done.

This episode was meant to be big. The last episode of the last season ended on this stunning revelation:

Doctor Who Season 12

News and trailers and one-off mini episodeswere steadily released by the BBC. David Tennant and Billie Piper were coming back. Ace actor JOHN HURT was going to play The War Doctor in the heart of the Time War. It was going to play in a cinema as a 3D feature.

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Doctor Who Christmas Special

Let me start by saying that this is the best Doctor Who Christmas Special in like… ever. Which is why I just have to post. If you haven’t seen it, watch it before reading this entry.

Matt Smith and Michael Gambon

Consider all of the Doctor Who Christmas specials so far. They tend to focus on over the top alien invasions and throw in a Christmas tree.  THIS Doctor Who, by contrast, is exactly what the Christmas season calls for. Observe…

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Doctor Who – Big Bang

A quick post just to say how much I appreciated the season 5 finale of Doctor Who.

The ending was satisfying. Russell T. Davies was a genius in bringing it back and making it relevant but his season finales never satisfied me because they felt too epic and as a result they weren’t as tight as could be because too many elements were thrown in. This finale was brilliant because it was a tight, focussed story on time travel and was less reliant on increasingly outrageous twists.

Steven Moffat proves has the skill and the bravery to jump into different points along a characters time-line and join all of the elements together. All of the jumps in time were executed perfectly. This is typical Moffat but he has perfected it. Every part of the series so far has been expertly used.

Out of all the seasons of Doctor Who, 5 has to be my favourite as it has the comedy, the gothic horror, the sci-fi and the emotions. It had so many memorable elements and episodes – Van Gogh, the Weeping Angels, the Dream Master.

Furthermore, the assistants were enjoyable. The relationship between the Doctor, Amy and Rory as well as River Song powered the series and gave it a strong emotional core on top of the good ideas. Oh yeah, Matt Smith IS the Doctor.

The technology was crazy, the comedy was bang on, the emotions were there, plus there were killer lines:

Potential Spoilers

 

 

“I’ve got a future, that’s nice.”

“Hello universe goodbye doctor.”

“The footprints of the never-were.”

 Plus the fez was a good look.

 Goodbye fez.

What Now, Doctor?

What can I say about the penultimate episode of season 5’s Doctor Who that hasn’t already been said? I can’t add anything new, that’s for sure since the rivers of approving fandom have already generated enough positive energy to power a planet full of giant Care Bears.

A shot from the BBC's Doctor Who
Under-henge Anybody?

My initial reaction was:

Holy smokes! I mean… Did anybody else just see that episode of Doctor Who?

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Doctor Who Series 5 Press Launch

Doctor Who usually appears in people’s lives by chance, and so it was with me as on Thursday 18th March 2010, I met the 11th Doctor and his assistant.

I had gone to the cinema on a Thursday instead of a Friday as originally planned. I had just seen Alice in Wonderland in 3D (review to come). As I was leaving the cinema, I chanced to notice people putting up posters with the BBC logo, Doctor Who logo, Doctor and Assistant. Why would a cinema be screening the new Doctor Who?

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