The Day of The Doctor marks the fiftieth anniversary of the british science ficition television show Doctor Who. It is the fifteenth episode of the seventh season, seven-hundred and ninety-ninth episode of the television series and the two-hundred and fortieth story of the the entire show since it started in 1963.
The Day of The Doctor (written by Steven Moffat) sees the return of David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor (one of the most popular doctors to date) and Billie Piper, who plays a version of Rose Tyler (The Ninth and Tenth Doctors companion) so to speak and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, the head of UNIT and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart’s daughter. The special also sees the return of John Hurt as The War Doctor, who was briefly introduced at the end of The Name of The Doctor, who was supposedly a forgotten incarnation of The Doctor’s who did something so terrible he did not deserve the title of “The Doctor.” Now I will talk about what I thought about the different parts of the episode, as well as my favorite moments and the episode as a whole.
Plot: The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) along with his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) meet his past selves The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and The War Doctor (John Hurt) and they embark on a great adventure including stopping the Zygons (shape-shifting aliens) from invading earth! I loved the plot, it was great and had a couple of twists as well. How and why the three Doctors meet made sense in the context of the story and I really enjoyed the story as well.
Acting: The acting in this episode was fantastic (brownie points if you get that reference). Matt Smith is in fine form as The Eleventh Doctor and he really proves that he can act with the big boys i.e. David Tennant and John Hurt. David Tennant is great and it feels as if he never left, it just felt so right to see him return as the iconic Tenth Doctor. David Tennant and Matt Smith play off each other really well, and you can tell from their interaction that they really enjoyed working together. John Hurt is a welcome addition to the episode and also has great chemistry with Matt Smith and David Tennant, and has some great lines of his own.
Music: Murray Gold does an incredible job with the score for this episode, however most of the music is reused tracks,(which is not a bad thing, because if it ain’t broke don’t fix it) with some acoustic guitar added in to some tracks from the show. The music captures each moment perfectly and is very engaging. Kudos to Murray Gold for making the show even more awesome because of his amazing music. Now I’ll talk about my favorite moments/parts of the episode.
First of all it was great to finally see The Eleventh Doctor meet The Tenth Doctor, and it did not disappoint! I loved how The Doctors bickered, but ended up getting along really well. They also made fun of each other which was hilarious! This is very common when The Doctors meet each other. In “The Three Doctors,” The Second and Third Doctors did not get along and Pertwee’s Doctor was embarrassed at how silly Troughton’s Doctor was. I was surprised at how friendly and nice John Hurt’s Doctor was, I was expecting him to be hardened, cold and calculating. I was happy he wasn’t a mean, and cold Doctor, it worked better for the episode and for his interaction with The Eleventh and Tenth Doctors.
Tenth Doctor: Compensating?
Eleventh Doctor: For What?
Tenth Doctor: Regeneration. It’s a lottery.
Eleventh Doctor: Oh, he’s cool. Isn’t he cool? I’m the Doctor and I’m all cool. Oops, I’m wearing sandshoes!
I loved finally seeing The Time War on screen and getting an understanding of how bad it really was, by seeing John Hurt’s Doctor, and the effect it had on him. It was interesting to see how after years of fighting he was spent and sends a message to The Daleks and The Time Lords “No More.” I also loved seeing The Moment (Billie Piper), which is a weapon that was created by The Time Lords, but became sentient and formed it’s own conscience. John Hurt’s Doctor wants to use this weapon to destroy both The Daleks and Gallifrey, because he sees no alternative to ending the bloodshed. The Moment’s conscience takes on the form of Rose Tyler as Bad Wolf, because it would be someone that The Doctor (John Hurt) would identify with. Unfortunately for the moment it picked a companion that was from The Doctor’s future. I loved the interaction between The Moment and John Hurt’s Doctor, it was very fun and even flirty at times. The Moment serves as The War Doctor’s (John Hurt) conscience and opens portals to his future to show him the man he will become if he destroys Gallifrey.
One of the best parts of the episode is the interaction between the three Doctors. Matt Smith and David Tennant’s Doctors seem childish to John Hurt’s Doctor, and despite how they feel about The War Doctor, both The Eleventh and Tenth Doctors are trying to impress him, which is pretty funny.
It was very interesting to see how The War Doctor saw how destroying Gallifrey effected his future selves. As the Moment (Billie Piper) put it The Man Who Regrets (The Tenth Doctor) and The Man Who Forgets (The Eleventh Doctor).
Another great scene is when The Doctors enter into the “Gallifrey Falls” painting and destroy the Dalek with the power of all three of their sonic screwdrivers! Then seeing how The Eleventh and Tenth Doctors mirror each other’s movements when they save everyone from Kate Stewart and a Zygon Kate Stewart from destroying each other with a nuclear warhead.
Near the end of the episode another great moment is when The War Doctor decides he is going to use The Moment to destroy Gallifrey, but The Eleventh and Tenth Doctors come to support him, and are about to destroy Gallifrey together. Then The Moment shows everyone, including Clara a projection of all the people and children who will be destroyed on Gallifrey.
In one of the best scenes in the entire episode, The Eleventh Doctor changes his mind and realizes he cannot go through with destroying Gallifrey, and he has a plan which he relays to The Tenth Doctor and The War Doctor. He is going to freeze Gallifrey, in a single moment in time! Gallifrey will be frozen in time, safe in a pocket universe!
My second favorite scene is when The Three Doctors fly their TARDISes to Gallifrey and inform the Time Lord General of their plan, and the General says that even if they could freeze Gallifrey, the calculations necessary to achieve their goal would take hundreds of years. The Tenth Doctor agrees, but says that he started a long time ago, and boom The First Doctor appears in his TARDIS, followed by every other Doctor to date! It is one of the greatest moments in science fiction history and one of the greatest moments in Doctor Who history! The Time Lord General exclaims “I didn’t know when I was well off, all twelve of them.” Another Time Lord officer responds “No sir, all thirteen!” Then boom a TARDIS flies towards the screen and we see Peter Capaldi’s eyes! And they look intense! Here see for yourself!
After the Doctors freeze Gallifrey, they part ways at a museum and The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) speaks with The Curator of the museum who is none other than Tom Baker!(The Fourth Doctor) He tells The Doctor that Gallifrey is still out there but is lost. The Curator implies that he is a future incarnation of The Doctor who chose the face of his fourth incarnation and retired and became a museum curator. The episode ends with a monologue by the Doctor as we see him in a dream sequence walk out of his TARDIS, with Gallifrey visible in the distance and stand alongside the other Doctors! He says that he has a new destination, which is to find Gallifrey!
Overall I loved the episode, and felt it was a great way to celebrate fifty years of an amazing TV show! The story, acting and special effects were all incredible! My final verdict is that “The Day of The Doctor” is a 10/10!