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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all a bit Omega/Alpha omelette, 26 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Time of the Doctor & Other Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
First things first, I am not giving The Time of The Doctor five stars because it was the best of Steven Moffat's work -in fact I found it wanting in several areas. The plot seemed to be based on the premise that we know it's going to end with a regeneration so how we get there is of little import. To my mind, the writing did not make full use of the amazing wealth of acting talent available and, in many respects, should have either have been presented as being shorter than the hour we saw, or presented as a longer (or two-part) episode with more explanation of the events at Trenzelor (apologies if that's not the correct spelling). Matt Smith never fails to be excellent, despite the writing behind him and I have, since it was first announced, been excited to see Peter Capaldi assume the role...!!!

The regeneration seems to have lost much of the thrill and dynamism that such events have previously generated... the death, the loss, the re-birth and the mystery have all been lost and, perhaps it was an unwise move to announce the new Doctor so early in the year. Also, have the Time Lords simply given The Doctor one more regeneration cycle or a full twelve... or will we be seeing a similar struggle with plot at the end of Peter Capaldi's time? Maybe Rassilon can simply remove the regeneration limit, after all, he used to be James Bond... and he was one of the good guys.

All in all, I am in two minds about The Time of The Doctor... Maybe it should be a case of has Steven Moffatt had his time? Toby Whithouse, Neil Gaiman and other excellent writers should not be forgotten for their contribution and, maybe, with the new Doctor, new kidneys and all, there should be a new approach to the writing style... back to the intense, dread and exciting times gone past... Steven Moffatt has written some excellent stories, but this new face is not Matt Smith. Where do we go from here?
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2013 04:36:24 GMT
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Posted on 28 Dec 2013 17:10:09 GMT
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karen says:
Great review, however if you saw anything other than perfection in the special, why did you give it a perfect 5 stars?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2013 18:57:53 GMT
D. Mason says:
Doctor Who fans are always so aggressive and intolerant about each other's point of view. Until Amazon give sub-categories to assess say plot, acting, special effects, etc. where each aspect of the production gets its own star rating, what choice has any reviewer other than give an overall 5 stars irrespective of any specific shortcomings of a particular product? Plus this product is about all of Matt Smith's Xmas shows so not to give it 5 stars would be bonky madness IMHO.
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