The National Gallery, 2013. Elizabethan England, 1562. The Last Great Time War. Time lines, monstrous plans and even Time Lords will clash as The Doctor and Clara face a threat not just to the Earth, but to The Doctor himself. Or should that be... selves? Spoilers, of course, beyond the cut!
Or actually, there aren't any spoilers beyond the cut... yet. I'm currently sitting in the ExCel Centre in London with a ton of other Whovians watching The Day of The Doctor to cap off the day of photo-taking, autograph-collecting, panel-attending, merchandise-purchasing madness that has been my time at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration Convention. So, whilst I've had a pretty awesome day, alas, I am not here to offer my usual recap and review of all things Who quite yet. Check back later and hopefully I'll have knocked something up in here akin to my past Doctor Who Spoilers and Discussion posts - and stay tuned for a recap of the Celebration Convention itself, if you're not completely sick of hearing about Doctor Who over this weekend (you probably are - have no fear, it'll be over soon... till Christmas, that is!).
So for now, I'm leaving it up to you guys to got nuts in the comments section. What did you think? Was it a fine celebration of our dear Doctor's half-centenary, or a woeful missed opportunity? Happy to see David Tennant again? What about John Hurt's Doctor? Or what about that surprise? Or that one? Bet you didn't see that one coming. Yes, indeed.
Off you go, into the comments!
Right! I am back in my hotel now, exhausted but delighted. Wow! What an incredible 75 minutes. I wasn't expecting it to be a 'proper Zygon' story. I wasn't expecting it to be so funny. And whilst we're on things that we didn't expect... CAPALDI!!!!!! The theatre here at the Excel practically shrieked the roof off! A delightfully timely wimpy glimpse of the future. And then the curator...
The room murmured the moment that ancient, magical voice rang out. Like a deep thrum at the back of your throat. It couldn't be. That was impossible.
IT'S ONLY TOM BLOODY BAKER! Ohhhhhh myyyyy Goooooooodddddd.
What a wonderful climax, so touching. Mr. Baker's still got it.
But my absolute highlight of it all - and between Hurt, Tennant, the direction, the Zygons, the Time War and more, so it's a damn big highlight - had to be that final shot, The Doctors looking upon their Time-Lost planet in awe. It's a mission statement to the future as much as it is a longing remembrance to the past: The Doctor has a goal for the first time in years, a journey. A hope. After all, what greater a gift on your special day than a home?
Many happy returns, Doctor. Here's to so many more.