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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Send-Off For 11, Hello 12, 30 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Time of the Doctor & Other Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials [DVD] (DVD)
A truly magnificent send-off for Matt Smith as the Doctor, and a wonderful end to the era of the Eleventh Doctor.
In one episode, every loose thread of the series reaching as far back as 2005 has been tied up in a neat little package ready for the twelfth Doctor to march into the aftermath. The series is ready to go on a new and exciting path towards the Doctor's next destination.
My one niggle with this particular episode is the "oops now we're crashing for no reason" ending which seemed very tacked-on and badly timed in terms of cinematography. That aside, Steven Moffat's writing continues to be like that of a classic author, with foreshadowing and subtext galore, a vast improvement on Davies' on-the-nose, dumbed-down-for-the-kiddies writing and Doctor Who remains a fantastic Science-Fiction series after its five-year stint as Eastenders In Space. As a real fan of the series old-and-new, Steven's writing brings in the best aspects of the Classic Era and his predecessor's era to create something truly magical. While this may alienate "casual" viewers and put off the Nuvians, it's a spectacular victory for true blue Whovians. The man clearly understands the show better than the soft-headed bunch waving children's toys around in public and calling themselves fans.
Bring on the twelfth Doctor!
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2013 22:22:19 GMT
Hi,

Completely agree with you. Despite my young age (14), I can beat quite a few older people at knowing Doctor Who, using facts. I once met someone who said he knew everything there is to know about Doctor Who, so I decided to quiz him. I asked him: What is the Fourth Doctor's most famous article of clothing? (You know how easy that is!) and he said 'Wait, this is a hard one, let me think about it... Ok, what is the answer?' I turned away and walked away from him in disbelief.

I recognised the reference to the fact that the Third Doctor had taken the Seal of the High Council of Gallifrey from the Master in the Death Zone in the Five Doctors (1983); I recognised the scene from The God Complex and The Eleventh Hour and the slightly new yellowish cracks.

I laughed when my dad, who claims to be a Tom Baker/Peter Davison era expert was stumped by everything on screen (and he watched the new series episodes with me).

Happy New Year and I hope you enjoy Series 8!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2013 00:08:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Dec 2013 00:09:55 GMT
Aha~. It's always great to meet someone in the fandom who actually knows Doctor Who. It's especially great that it's someone who is actually in the target demographic who is enjoying it. You're the living proof Doctor Who continues to be great. You're fantastic. Haha.
Happy New Years! You too!

Posted on 31 Dec 2013 10:17:46 GMT
D.L says:
a great send off for Matt Smiths Doctor and hello to Peter Capaldi as the 13th Doctor. they found a way to give the Doctor a whole new Regeneration Life Cycle seeing as all his Regenerations had been used up with John Hurts Doctor and David Tennants when he Regenerated while fighting Davros and the Daleks. it now means another 12 Regenerations for the Doctor starting with Peter Capaldi. it just keeps getting better and better. here's to another 50 years and thanks.

Posted on 4 Jan 2014 14:49:07 GMT
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Posted on 2 Sep 2014 10:44:14 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Another brilliantly written review by a fellow Whovian.
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