Hello my fellow dearest Whovians!
I come to you bringing an official blog post about an actual Doctor Who episode! (ha! that’s rare as of late)
So, I just finished watching the 50th with my mom. I don’t even know where to being on the amazingness of this whole special! it was brilliant, positively wonderful and was better than I had expected.
As usual, I took notes on the things I wanted to talk about,
but first off, how many of you went to go see it in 3D at the theater? *waves hands around* I DID!
Wasn’t the beginning so cute! we had Strax and the Doctors being their cheeky selves. I loved it!
It all began at the school, we got to see the real Clara in her real life doing a normal thing, teaching. She was a teacher at the school where it all began 50 years ago, where Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter, first went to school. Where two curious teachers followed her to the scrap shed and into the TARDIS beginning the first recorded adventure of the Doctor that we know about.
I thought that was a wonderful and beautiful nod to the very beginning.
“You got a call from your doctor.”
“Did he leave an address?”
Out with the gear and the Triumph (a pretty bike I must say) and into the TARDIS! *chills running down my spine for the transition through the doors*
Ok, I just really loved that scene alright?
Fast forward a bit, past the wonderful introduction to the Zygon infestation, and broken picture frames with missing people.
No, we’re going to stay a little bit there, the Brigadier’s daughter was back, which was brilliant and we got to see her daughter! AKA the personification of the Doctor Who Fandom.
The Gallifreyan picture was amazing in 3D! oh my gosh! how long is it going to take for us to figure out how to do that with out own pictures? I mean really? this needs to happen in my lifetime.
Ok, moving on.
The Time War
“No more” *now see my feels being torn out of my heart*
We got to actually see the Time War! We’ve heard to much about it and we got a long good look at the heartbreaking devastation for ourselves, and we loved it (well, I did, speaking for myself).
It seemed to me like the Doctor is considered just as much of a madman as the Master was… I always knew he was a madman with a box, but when the TimeLords were talking about him in the HQ all I could think of was that they probably talked about the Master with the same amount of fear and annoyance as they do about the Doctor. That made me sad.
Now the Doctor walks alone with the most powerful weapon in the universe slung across his shoulder in a burlap sack whilst monologuing about the end of his race and sacrifice. Only to enter a broken down shack that I can’t help but wonder if that was something of his once upon a time… If you look closely at the things that are scattered around in the barn/shed they’re all farming things, plows, tires, cages, it’s a barn. A broken down barn in the middle of the dessert? Me thinks, some things have happened to the once red and healthy fields of grass in that part of Gallifrey. One can wonder…
Putting the barn mystery aside, we have more pressing matters to discus! Billie Piper!
GUYS! BILLIE PIPER!
She did an amazing job! My goodness, I can’t even being to express how excited I was for this! Moffat earns a nice solid slow clap for the writing in of Billie in this episode. I mean, we all got Billie, we got our Rose, but we didn’t ruin any of the story that T. Davies wrote! I’m so happy that Rose wasn’t ruined into a all-powerful hero that has no emotion, or anything that would complicate/undersize the relationship between her and Ten.
I loved how Bad Wolf has become so enormous, it’s one of the biggest plots that gets mentioned throughout the whole show the most (how we salute thee Davies, Eccleston and Piper!)
It was Brilliant!
One of my favorite bits was when she broke the tension of the Time War hanging over War’s head with her adorable mockery and sarcasm. (I’ve been quoting around the house more than I will admit…)
“No more. No. More. Nooo more. nomore.”
and then to the fez!
A rather unexpected visitor, but most welcome, indeed.
Just a little something that threw us into 1562 England with the back story of Queen Elizabeth I. We now have the complete tales of the Doctor and the Queen! yay! with a thing that goes “Ding” when there’s stuff as bonus.
I like to think that the Zygon/horse is the same one from “The Girl in The Fireplace” ya know, the horse that got into the TARDIS
I’ll just pass by a quick notice about the Tenth Doctor’s age just for the record and reference for later perhaps? 904! that makes places him just before he regenerates into Smith, so he was near the end of his 10 life span… *sad* Ugh, I can’t stand to think that it was only a little bit later that he started to become so dark and sad….
But back on track, I have more to say.
Did anyone else notice the music that played when the zygons were hiding as the statues? and when the pictures were broken? It was the Weeping Angel’s music. That was horrible frightening to me. For a moment I thought we were actually going to get angels instead of zygons, which would have been bad news… but I think we’ve had enough of them for a while *cries* Pond…
But still, the music foreshadowed the whole statue hiding situation very well, very clever Murray.
Chiny, Sand Shoes and Grandad
Now to talk about the three Doctors. Was this not the best thing ever?! I mean, three. Doctors. all. together. I can’t even!
So much sass, and wonderful zkjvcbsdaljkvnanf!
Now, I know that there is a lot to say about these three being together and the whole relationship between then and how unspeakably wonderful the whole thing was. And since we’ve all probably rolled over these three a thousand times– or at least to the point that everything I have to say about them has already been said at some point. So, I’ll spare you all the repetition and repetition. 😉 Unless you really want to know, perhaps I shall write a separate blog for that.
But I will say that one of my favorite scenes was when they were all in the Tower of London together trying to figure out how to open the unlocked door. The sonics and counting the children, oh my feels! T’was my favorite.
Now for the things that caught my eye as I watched that I haven’t seen anyone else write about.
Remember in the black archive when Clara was in there with the Zygon /Brigadier’s daughter they passed by several items that were classified as dangerous and that they should never be put into public hands? Well they passed by a pair of red heals… my first thought is they might be Rivers…
and well.. what do you know? It seems I’m right!
They are the same! Now I really want to know what exactly makes those shoes special… besides the fact that they’re super cute and well, they were owned by River… but who might have owned them first? are they alien? *dun dun DUN*
Either way, I thought it was something worth pointing out, a little reference to River in the special.
On the same note of River, Eleven seems to be taking on a few of her traits as time passes, (which is only logical since they’re married). Oh Eleven, you’re so cute, using the same words as your wifey, “What in the name of sanity are you doing?” he asked as the two Brigadier’s daughters argued about the fate of London with a bomb on the verge of exploding below their feet. Much like what our darling River asked when she spotted Eleven wearing the fez for the first time, “What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?” Aaannd also, John Hurt’s Doctor seems to have a love for the word as well, seeing how he did what he did in the name of “peace and sanity”.
As for sanity in the rest of the episode, well, I wasn’t sane I know that.
I mean, we had Ten and Rose/Bad Wolf in the same room, and despite the fact that they never noticed each other it still made my heart sing. Honestly, I’m glad they didn’t see each other, their story has been finished and it doesn’t need any tampering. I enjoyed how they handled that situation while still bringing, “Did you say Bad Wolf?” into the equation and making us all melt in our own tears.
But putting all that aside,
Gallifret Falls No More!
I don’t even know how to begin this topic. I mean, Gallifrey isn’t in nonexistent ruins like we thought it has been for the past seven series! It’s still out there! Sure, it’s frozen in time and I’m sure that the residence won’t be very happy with the Doctor when it’s all over and the world is awoken again. Can you imagine the madness that will ensue when they wake up and find that everything has changed, the Time War is pretty much ancient history and everything has changed. I mean, we’ll probably have a few seasons after finding Gallifrey of the Doctor trying to stop the Time Lords from taking everything over and causing a mess in the universe.
But other than that, Gallifrey is still out there! There is hope! We have hope! The Doctor has hope!
I’m so excited for the future of this show! I was already excited for Peter Capaldi to be taking the lead as the new Doctor but now that it’s about searching for something, there’s no more aimless running and terrible pasts following him to haunt him and hurt him anymore, because the thing that hurt him the most is something that didn’t even happen!
Speaking of Doctors….
Once again, I don’t know how to express my joy during this scene. The Curator, he calls himself. When the name “Doctor” is retired, Curator’s got a nice ring to it. 😉 But he’ll always be the Doctor to us.
But Tom Baker! We got Tom Baker!
This scene made me giggle so much, it was beautiful.
Did anyone else notice when the two Doctors were talking, Baker mentioned that “You’ll encounter a few more [faces], a few old favorites.” Meaning that we actually saw 14 doctors! Why? Because the curating Doctor was a future regeneration that we haven’t met, well we have met him, once upon a time, but this new/old face is probably one that we won’t have any episodes on, but still, we saw a new Doctor face! *LOVE*
It warms my heart to think that a future regeneration of the Doctor went back to this time to give the Doctor more hope and encouragement to go find Gallifrey for himself.
Oh how it warmed my heart!
(now, I may or may not use this phrase in common conversation…. I mean, who nose… Who nose? Who, nose, Who knows, or who knows? I don’t.)
All in all I found this episode to be wonderful, heart warming, and heart braking, and everything wonderful wrapped in a Baker scarf.
Moffat, you really did a good one, my friend.
Thank you guys to waiting so patiently for this posting, and thanks for reading it! Have a wonderful December and I’ll see you all again, when the Christmas Special comes out and tears tears from our eyes and pulls our hearts out of our chests. Until then, have a good one!