Review: The Day of the Doctor

Review: The Day of the DoctorThe Day of the Doctor * by Steven Moffat
Released by BBC on 23 November 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 77m
Source: Seen on TV

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In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion.

I am warning you already, I will try to keep this as spoiler-less as possible, but I already know I can’t hold myself to that, so spoilers ahead!

So you all know that Doctor Who turned fifty on the 23rd of November, and there was a special fiftieth anniversary episode being broadcast. Back in April we heard that David Tennant and Billie Piper would return for this episode. On the 18th of May (my birthday!!!!) we found out that the episode would revolve around a new incarnation of the Doctor, not the twelfth but one that didn’t carry the name of ‘the Doctor’ but chose to be a warrior (as we saw in the short episode called ‘the Night of the Doctor’).

The Aliens – The main aliens in this episode were the Zygons (An Old!Who alien that had been ressurected for this episode, I recently read a book that was about the Zygons and I really liked it, so I was excited to see the Zygons return!) and the Daleks (what would a 50th Anniversary episode be without those massive pepperpots?!). The Zygons were causing trouble in both the 1560’s and in 2013. At one point they were hidden somewhere in the building and that part actually scared me a lot, because I had kinda expected it to be different aliens (you’ll probably know what I mean when you get to that part). Then, there were the Daleks of course. The Daleks who caused so much trouble on Gallifrey, who attacked Arcadia (the second biggest city on the planet) and ugh, I both love and hate those creatures.

In the end, I don’t really know what happened to the Zygons actually (it was a pushed to the background a bit when the episode went on, bit of a shame because I really liked seeing some more old DW aliens), and the Daleks were of course defeated in the Time War like we’ve always known.

The Action – Oh there was a lot of action, but I am not going to go into detail much because spoilers of course. From Clara Oswald on a motorbike, to the Doctors doing beautiful stuff with their TARDISes (and Orcses and Goblinses yes precious). I really loved the bit where the Doctor was hanging out of the TARDIS talking to someone on the TARDIS phone (which was supposed to be a dummy but I think the TARDIS actually got it to work?). And of course the Time War! I loved all the action!

The Doctors – I loved to see the interaction between Eleven, Ten and the War Doctor (Sandshoes, Granddad and Chinny), from comparing their sonic screwdrivers, to being badass while stepping out of a painting (“Sorry about the Dalek”). Also, I would love to say something more about the Doctors now, but I don’t want to spoil that moment, so I am just going to tell you that there are more Doctors in the episode than you would expect. It surprised me a lot, and I actually might have screamed (and cried).

The Tears – Throughout the majority of the episode, I didn’t really shed any tears (aside from the few at the beginning, when they used the original openings credits and some other classic stuff). At the end of the episode, I was really sobbing. Because it was just beautiful. There were some remarks that had me cry out, like the ‘Allons-y’s’ of Ten and the ‘Geronimo’s’ of Eleven; but oh my gods those last five minuets of the episode were glorious!

In the end, I loved this episode to bits, and I have seen some hate towards writer Steven Moffat for some parts of the episode already (why, seriously?!?!), so I would just like to thank him for writing such a beautiful episode! Because it truly is a beautiful BEAUTIFUL episode!