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7.14 - The Name of the Doctor

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 2/21/19 12:11 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is a very entertaining and interesting episode which has one of the greatest moments and greatest cliffhangers in Doctor Who history as it ends with the dramatic reveal of the War Doctor and the incredible casting which was the most wonderful surprise. I will always remember my reaction when this happened. It was electrifyingly exciting and intriguing. That moment alone makes this a great episode and the majority of the episode is very good even before that great moment. There are flaws though as the 'conference call' with the Doctor's friends somehow meeting in a type of psychic link and having tea (or champagne in River's case) is pretty bizarre. The way this then leads to River's scenes towards the end and her physically being able to be touched is also a pretty big stretch logically. I am sure there were better ways to bring about the involvement and interactions of all the characters. They could have simply been there helping the Doctor then River could have been captured by the Great Intelligence preventing her from doing what Clara does (because there needed to be a reason for River to not step in instead of Clara). The idea of Trenzalore as the definitive end for the Doctor is annoying to me too. Moffatt already went through a whole very long story arc that the Doctor was prophecied and destined to die at Lake Silencio which was cheated by the Doctor and IMMEDIATELY replaced with ANOTHER prophecied and destined death and burial for the Doctor! How can there be two prophecies of a place for his unescapable death and isn't it repetetive and unimaginative to do this especially as Moffatt insisted on faking and cheating deaths of the Doctor and his companions over and over again. However, this episode does not really deserve to be blamed for the faults of the Trenzalore idea. Anyway, the quality of the rest of the episode in terms of acting, drama, excitement, humour and nostalgic references to the Doctor's past as well as the awesome reveal at the end overshadow any shortcomings.

Richard E. Grant is again perfect as the Great Intelligence, the Whisperers make a suitably scary monster, River's scenes are touching and Matt Smith is on form. The aspects I am not so keen on probably take half a point off my rating but this is still a great 9.5/10 for me due to the strongest elements.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 12/12/16 2:25 am
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On first viewing back in 2013, I loved it. Mainly because of the fan references, old Doctors, old enemies being referenced. The Great Intelligence, Richard E. Grant is the great performance of the episode, however after re watching this again recently is that this story kinda comes out of no where, sure the Clara stuff fits, but re-introducing Trenzalore out of nowhere feels forced, as does River Song. It does act as a entertaining watch and a great prologue for Day of the Doctor, it just doesn't stand up that well in retrospect.
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Reviewed By: doctorwhomoffReview Date: 12/17/15 5:23 pm
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a great prologue for the 50th.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/6/15 12:01 am
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This was a solid story that is the highlight of the second half of Series 7. It brings together the entire "Impossible Girl" plot thread in a way that is stylish and entertaining, as we go to Trenzalore which is billed as the site of the Doctor's grave. While the story is interesting and intriguing, it fails to be as emotionally engaging as it could have been due to plot decisions that made Clara less important for who she is and more for what she is and represents.

What makes this story rise above its limitations is the whiff of nostalgia and the way it sets up, "The Day of the Doctor." It also wraps up River Song's story in a way that's quite touching and well-done. Overall, it's an enjoyable and essential episode of Doctor Who.