Alright, Whovians, it’s happened. “The Day of the Doctor” has aired, and, boy, it has changed everything. Well, almost. Out of courtesy for those who have not yet watched the episode, I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum (I’ll leave the spoilers to Collectiva Diva–she’s better at them anyway.)
Armed with jammy dodgers and hot cuppas, the Collectiva Diva and I sat down with some of our Whovian friends to watch the special–which was simulcast world wide (a very special thank to the BBC for making it possible for all Whovians to enjoy it at the same time). I meant to live tweet throughout the special, I really did, but once we heard the “doo we oooooo” I completely forgot anything else and went on another adventure through time and space with the Doctor.
Although the Zygons have been touted as the villains of “The Day of the Doctor,” the true conflict lies within the Doctor himself. In the final episode of series 7, “The Name of the Doctor,” we met the War Doctor, played by John Hurt–the incarnation of the Doctor that the Time Lord keeps secret, even from himself it seems. We saw in short “The Night of the Doctor” how the War Doctor came to exist. The crux of the plot rests on the War Doctor’s shoulders rather than fan-favorites Ten and Eleven. Will the War Doctor use the weapon to destroy the Time War–and therefore Gallifrey–or will he not?
Well, if you’ve seen all the episodes of New Who, you know he is responsible for ending the Time War.
Or is he?
And this is the point in the timeline that gets timey-wimey. We meet the War Doctor as he’s deciding whether or not to use this weapon of ultimate destruction. In “A Christmas Carol” turn of events, the War Doctor gets to glimpse his future selves before he makes his choice (this choice made possible by none other than the Bad Wolf).
I would just like to say that I have never been so happy to see a pinstriped-suit. As much as I have grown to love Matt Smith, Ten will always be my Doctor (…sidenote: is he actually Eleven now?). As the three Doctors work together to defeat the Zygons, I couldn’t help but be impressed by Moffat’s treatment of the age differences in the Doctor. Even John Hurt’s Doctor asks the question, “Have I gone through a midlife crisis?” In the most poignant scene in the special, Bad Wolf describes Ten as the “man who regrets” and Eleven as “the man who forgets.”
The Bad Wolf serves as a guide to the Doctor at his darkest moment–the moment when he decides whether or not to commit genocide. As disappointed as I was to not have the Doctor reunite with Rose Tyler, I thought it was extremely fitting that the Bad Wolf was the sort-of spiritual guide to the War Doctor. In the Doctor’s personal timeline, this is only a short while before he meets Rose Tyler…so it’s almost like she begins saving him before she even meets him.
I’m wearing my Bad Wolf t-shirt with pride, today.
I’m not going to give anymore spoilers. Promise, sweetie.
“The Day of the Doctor” was filled with Time Lords, TARDISes, and inside jokes. It was gloriously happy, ridiculously silly, and I only wanted to cry through half of it. The special has given us a big plot twist for the Doctor, one that will potentially changed the ancient and scarred Time Lord that we’ve come to know and love. I’m about to watch it again for the third time…I mean, I just can’t get enough of Ten in a fez.
Now we must wait until the Christmas Special, “Twelfth Night” for new Who, and our goodbye to Matt Smith.
So, 50 years of Doctor Who, and the only question I have is: where do we go from here?
Well, it looks like the answer is “Gallifrey.”
P.S. Dear Moffat, it was NOT okay to give David Tennant the same final line. I don’t want him to go…
P.S.S. Hello, Capaldi. Nice eyebrows.
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