Was the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who everything you hoped for? I can tell you now that it won’t have satisfied everyone, it might well have pissed some people off, however we loved it. Although I wouldn’t say it was completely sound, a few questions were raised in terms of what exactly this episode would mean in regards to the Doctor’s timeline and mythology, however I can’t say that I wasn’t completely engrossed. And when the audience erupted into applause at the end, I can’t say I didn’t join in. Because at the end of the day, the ‘Day of the Doctor’, it was an episode filled with superb acting, numerous Classic&New-Who references and good fun- and perhaps even some tears. Now be warned, spoilers will follow.
First of all, Rose Tyler’s appearance. “They must’ve told you the Moment had a conscience.” Ah so Rose doesn’t really come back, she’s the interface for the WMD ‘the Moment’. Having been privy to the Doctor’s past and future the sentient WMD picks out a face and body that she feels the Doctor would appreciate. However, the interface doesn’t take Rose Tyler the companion’s form, instead it takes the form of Rose Tyler, Bad Wolf. “I think I’m called…Rose Tyler. No, yes, no sorry… in this form I’m called Bad Wolf.” It’s funny though, when this scene happened- one could construe it as Bad Wolf commenting about kissing the Doctor in general.
However the first time a kiss occurs it is between the Ninth Doctor while Rose is Bad Wolf, when she’s brimming with the time vortex and he kisses her to take it away. Could explain why the Moment thought it apt to use Bad Wolf-Rose as its interface. The Doctor doesn’t know Rose’s face yet and just tells the interface that he’s ready to kamikaze out. “If you have been inside my head, then you know what I’ve seen. Suffering. Every moment in time and space is burning, it must end. I intend to end it the only way I can.”
The Moment warns ‘the War Doctor’ that there will be consequences and he responds that he has no desire to survive what he intends to do. In using the Moment to kill everyone involved in the Time War, Timelords and Daleks alike, he intends to be destroyed along with them. Even before he tries to hit that ‘big red button’ he confesses that he’d done things to warrant him no longer deserving of the Doctor’s title. “I’ve been fighting this war for a long time, I’ve lost the right to be the Doctor.”
However the Moment’s punishment for his actions would be for him to survive the destruction.
The paintings in the gallery, which the Zygons had been skidoo’d into gave the Doctor an idea. In using that skidoo crystal and skidooing the entire planet into a 3D painting, essentially freezing it in time after tricking the Daleks to shoot themselves, the Doctors have altered the course of their own history. No longer is the burning of Gallifrey a fixed point in time and no longer is a fixed point in time an unmovable thing. I don’t want to get into the logistics of it all for fear of falling through a plot-hole.
Tennant, Smith and Hurt really do have great onscreen chemistry. Especially Smith and Tennant, their witty banter really made the episode, I could watch those two interact in anything. Anything.
But Gallifrey is gone, the Doctor is the last of the Timelords! Well he’s under that impression for sure, I suppose their forgetting that they even saved Gallifrey could explain this. It very nearly could have been completely destroyed, if it weren’t for Clara (and the Moment) offering her human perspective on the entire thing. That there’s no need for a Warrior, and anyone could be a hero- what Gallifrey needed was a Doctor. Just like when they needed a human companion to open the door to their cell as it was unlocked and neither of them thought to check it.
When all of the Doctors chimed in I couldn’t help but internally scream from the fangirling.
– Tom Baker’s cameo. All my feels, first of all the Fourth doctor’s scarf was worn by one of the scientists, but as it turns out Baker’s the curator? Also, he reveals the painting’s true name, “Gallifrey Falls, No More.” So is Baker just a familiar faced curator, offering a nod to the classic who era, or is he the Doctor having regenerated into a past version of himself for sentimental reasons?