The Day of the Doctor & More
Gallifrey Falls...No More
We watched the special this past weekend, and Monday night we went to see The Day of the Doctor in 3D at the cinema. (Been busy, so a little late on this)
Like a lot of people, I had suspected that Billie Piper would not be playing Rose, but possibly Bad Wolf. Though I wondered how that could happen. So I liked that she wasn’t actually the character that we knew, and instead was the ‘interface’, who took on the form of someone the Doctor knew in one of his incarnations. I felt they worked Billie into the special in a way for it to make sense, and not mess with things such as the alternate time line, or having it take place during a time when Rose was traveling with the Doctor.
The War Doctor showing some disappointment in Ten & Eleven made me happy (I had wanted that). I had almost expected him to say, “Oh, so you’re my replacements. A dandy, and a clown.” (the first Doctor to Docs 2 & 3 in ‘The Three Doctors’). Of course some of those scenes served to humorously point out one of the things many fans have complained about, the use of the sonic screwdriver as if it’s some sort of magic wand, or weapon.
Then towards the end we had the scene where they were able to work in all the previous incarnations of the Doctor, the best part was when they revealed Capaldi. I was not expecting that, and I may have let out a happy (loud) scream.
Another squee happy moment came when I saw “The Curator” (Tom Baker aka the 4th Doctor). Tom already revealed he would be in it, but I wish he hadn’t, I would have loved that to be a complete surprise. After all these years this was his first time coming back to Doctor Who, and I was ecstatic to see him again. You never forget your first Doctor.
A few final thoughts:
Of course we loved the references to the classics, and the Easter eggs, etc. I was glad they finally revealed the whole story about Queen Elizabeth, and Ten, I had always wondered what that was about. Another thing I was glad to see tied up was the War Doctor regenerating into the 9th incarnation of the Doctor. Loved the fact that they made it so the Doctor(s) could change what happened to Gallifrey, but not have it effect the original story line we know from the recent 3 regenerations. They did leave us hanging a bit with the Zygon story, but we know they would be back to normal in two hours, and then I assume peace talks commenced. Who knows, maybe they will wrap this up in a future episode. Honestly, this isn’t a big deal to me, and I don’t see how they would have had time to finish it in the special.
The Day of the Doctor: The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
One last thing before I wrap up this post. If you, for some reason, have not watched Peter Davidson’s “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot” you should stop whatever you’re doing and watch it. Now. (For more 50th anniversary videos check out our post from last week)