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This is my first review, as I have recently opined that I would like to give back to the show that has given me many decades of joy, even through the rotten episodes (throughout the years...).
So here we go...
What more can I say? This mini-sode sent out Nov 14, 2013 that lead up to the 50th Anniversary was pure fan-gasm, if you will, for myself.
Fantastic opening as McGann tries to save a pilot from crashing onto a planet, and he breaks down the fourth wall, as the electric devices pop and fizz around him, we see his return with a great opening line, "I'm a doctor...but probably not the one you were expecting". Pure genius writing, Moffat.
This mini-sode continues to tell us about how the Sisters of Karn resuscitate him, but only for 4 minutes before he expires for good, so he has to choose to live and fight the Time War, or to die and let billions of others die with him. He chooses to fight and become the "War Doctor", regenerates with the potion given to him by one of the Sisterhood of Karn.
The 7 minute epic short ends with McGann calling out the names of his past companions (thereby making the Big Finish Audios CANON...AMAZING.), he then drinks the "warrior" potion, stating "Physician, heal thyself",and then has him regenerate into a "young" John Hurt (digitally shown reflecting through some metallic object, as Hurt's young face becomes more visible).
Absolutely brilliant mini-sode, when one breaks down the subtleties of the writing.
....amazing return for McGann, and I bow down to Moffat for doing this. I still get goosebumps everytime I re-watch this. Coming from a longtime fan, I'm sure you empathize with my excitement.
2 out of 8 found this review helpful.
I never thought I'd see the day I'd rate a Moffat penned episode that low, but the day officially came and I regret nothing.
Before you all go screaming "if I could unread your post, I would!" or "Haterz gonna hate", let me be perfectly blunt and clear. I've been a Whovian for for the last seven years since I was 17. I've watched every episode classic and new (and the many comics, novels and those magnificent audios that followed) and experience fandom's good side and its bad side (i.e. bashing Adric, some still viewing the TV Movie as "the American Abomination",and fans bashing others for not liking the current showrunner and the one before him). Not one time has any of Who make me second guess myself as a viewer the way the Day of the Doctor did this evening.
I'll get the bad out the way.
I just can't accept John Hurt's War Doctor at all. I'm sorry....no, I'm not sorry! I believe the idea of a hidden incarnation between the two Doctors I love (Christopher Eccleston's my first Doctor and Paul McGann's MY Doctor) is a terrible one; my least favorite idea from Moffat after the existance of River Song. Don't get me wrong, I think Hurt's a lovely dude and I don't question his acting abilities, but I feel his presence designated him in my eyes as the New Who generation's equivalent of Richard Hurndall in terms of his role being made bigger to accommodate Eccleston's non-participation (and frankly, I won't hold it against Eccleston unlike some in this fandom). I feel the wrong man was there. If it were Richard E. Grant, I'd most likely would've been cool with idea seeing as I liked Scream of the Shalka and he was, until that faithful TV announcement, the real 9th Doctor (well the 2nd of the now 4 9's).
The Queen Elizabeth thing. I wasn't keen on the whole thing when it started out as a poorly thought out joke from RTD and still not keen on fulfilling it here.
The Time War.... For a once renegade Time Lord who once store all of Gallifrey via Matrix into his mind just as he blew it up the first time around (via the novels), he really didn't making the effort to figure out a way to save his home and have the War Council and Spits-a-lon overthrown to send it to a pocket universe instead of waiting three regenerations later to finally come up with the plan. Makes the Doctor look slack and a bit of a defeatist. Glad the whole Time War's undone in a way (and possibly Rassilon's back in his tomb prior to the High Council idiotically thought bringing him back would make a good difference.
Now, the good
The performances from all involved were fine. I was rather glad Billie Piper was only the Moment's manifestation of Rose and not the real deal.
The Capaldi cameo and the special appearance of Tom Baker was lovely
But it wasn't enough to save it from flopping around like a fish out of water
Don't take it as a anti-Moffat post as I enjoyed most of his tenure up until this month and this past June's finale; I'm not amused by the radical changes like renumbering the Doctors. Especially to confuse those who'll might get on board in future once Peter Capaldi gets the key to the TARDIS in the next 8 months.
The Day of the Doctor has taken the No. 1 spot after Terrence Dicks' The Eight Doctors and John Peels Dalek novels (War and Legacy) as Doctor Who stories I pretend never happened. Criticize/insult me all you like, but that's the way it is.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
I thought this was great and I also think its a story that will grow on people and be considered more fondly in years to come. Everyone does a great job here and the direction is superb. The change from ghost story to alien love story is surprising and well handled and we have the first sign of chemistry between the doctor and modern day Clara here. I know the ending feels a little rushed but it still manages to leave everything resolved.