Yesterday, at 2:50, I celebrated the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with my family, and watched The Day of the Doctor, the special episode aired on the 50 year anniversary. Trailers and clips and pictures and pretty much everything imaginable had been released, but finally the actual episode aired. The Day of the Doctor had the 10th Doctor, the 11th Doctor, and the War Doctor, who’s somewhere between the 8th and the 9th Doctor, fighting against the Daleks and the Zygons (who only appeared in one Classic Who Serial) in the present day, the 16th century, and the Time War itself.
The 11th Doctor, along with Clara, is called in by U.N.I.T. to investigate disturbances at a museum which are caused by the Zygons, who are using stasis devices to travel around time. The 11th Doctor meets up with the 10th Doctor in the 16th century, who’s trying (and quite possibly failing) to fight the Zygons. The two are later joined by the War Doctor, who stole the Moment from within the Time War, a conscious super weapon from Gallifrey. Together, the three must stop the Zygons from taking Earth, and maybe save Gallifrey from certain destruction.
This was very good. I really enjoyed it. I was with some of my family, who didn’t enjoy it too much. “It’s so boring! Nothing happened!” They were the ones that fell asleep. In fact, I thought some of the scenes in Arcadia, the second city of Gallifrey, were really cool, with the Daleks attacking. Otherwise, I thought the rest was really good too. There were some great laughs, and I came out of the whole thing truly happy and smiling. It was great and a lot of fun. There were some surprising surprises though, and a big one that should ripple through the Doctor Who fandom for a long time to come. 7 out of 10.
HOLD ON! STOP! At some point in time or space, I wrote a long editorial about how I had changed by mind about The Day of the Doctor. If you want the real review, you can get it HERE!
“The Day of the Doctor”
Doctors: Tenth (David Tennant), Eleventh (Matt Smith), and the War Doctor (John Hurt)
Original Airdate: November 23rd, 2013
Rating: 7 out of 10