I like to take pictures, make music, and build things. I am big fan of Doctor Who.
It is called a ‘scarf’. It is like a cloak, only pointless.
— Leela in “The Roots of Evil” by Philip Reeve
we have timeline placement confirmation
Doctor Who Series 4: Voyage of The Damned, Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor, Doctor Who: The End of Time
First off, I absolutely loved it. It did a fantastic job of exploring the gap between the classic series and the revival and paid a lot of tribute to the fans along the way. There were so many nods and references to the past that I’m positive I missed most of them. Just a few thoughts about the episode and its implications.
Moffat has stated that he will tie twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi’s appearances in both Doctor Who and Torchwood into the narrative. Since his character in The Fires of Pompeii was an art collector, I’m wondering if that may have been a future incarnation of the Doctor (or the Curator) still searching for the Time Lord painting that contains Gallifrey.
It’s pretty ambiguous whether or not the numbering is thrown off. On the one hand, the Time Lord we call the Doctor has regenerated 12 times, which means Peter Capaldi should be the 13th and he should be out of regenerations. On the other, the regeneration into John Hurt’s Doctor was brought on by the elixir and he presumably regenerated into Eccelston immediately after his warrior duties were fulfilled so maybe that regeneration doesn’t really count. I’ll keep using the old numbers but I’m inclined to think he’s out of regenerations, though I suspect the Time Lords will grant him more for saving Gallifrey if they’re able to.
There were a couple gaping plot holes and unresolved threads in the episode. The biggest unresolved thread was that when the Doctors make everyone in the Black Archive forget whether they’re a Zygon or not to make peace, they never actually showed us whether the accomplished anything or not. The bit with the inhaler is just the last time we see any of those people for the rest of the story. And unless the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver’s software is actually stored outside the screwdriver (i.e. in the TARDIS or something), the door calculation couldn’t have been still going in Tennant’s screwdriver and finished in Smith’s because his screwdriver has been destroyed and replaced at least once during that time. Who knows, maybe the Doctor has iCloud.
That’s all for now. I’ll probably have more to say as I stew on it between now and the Christmas special. I’m really excited to see Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as this will be the first time I get to see a regeneration when it happens (I think I was still working my way through Eccelston’s run when Matt Smith took over).
it really whipped the llama’s ass.
This takes me back to late high school/early college so much. So long Winamp, an end of an era.