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THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR Review

Great men have come  and  gone, sacrificed  themselves in the name of  peace and sanity, because they would rather be the coward than the killer and others simply because they could not let friends suffer. With Christmas day upon us, everyone sat down to see how the eleventh(or thirteenth if you’re being technical) would bow out. The Doctor has fought many battles,many wars but this one is different, his reasoning, compassion, his rage tempered and his  Tardis AWOL for three hundred years, welcome to the siege of Trenzalore.

When we meet the Doctor he, like many other aliens, has been drawn to a signal which nothing not even the Tardis can translate. The source of this signal is a single planet filled with humans. The humans are at a certain stage in their  development so if any of the  many races attacked the planet to find the source of the  signal everyone on the planet would burn. Enter the Doctor, who decides to wage a one man war with every single alien  race bold  enough to  try  and take the prize. I won’t spoil anything with specifics but suffice to say the  Doctor dances.

He's here.
He’s here.

This episode was unique in that the Doctor was in one  place  for  I’m going to guess five hundred years, meaning that when he regenerates(that’s not a spoiler) he is around seventeen hundred years old and that is a respectable age for Peter Capaldis fourteenth Doctor, yes that’s right ladies and  gentlemen Peter Capaldi  is the fourteenth Doctor. As one of the most controversial elements  of the episode and  the series as a whole I  wondered how the Doctors final form(Matt Smith) would deal with being the last in a long line of mad men and I am happy to report Matt gave  it all he got, a quiet dignity which he naturally seemed to grow into and I loved that aspect of how the  story dealt with the final face of the mad man from Gallifrey. What I thought was weak about it unfortunately  was how he got around it. As you  know everyone for the past  couple months has theorized how the writers would  write themselves around this little conundrum and I gave my  own theory(which you can read here if you  like). What we  got  was what I hoped we would not get, a quick easy fix which solves the  problem and every problem for the foreseeable future. I  won’t dwell on that however I just want to  point out there were there other avenues they  could have gone down. The storyline was maybe not the grand battle we had all hoped would be the siege of Trenzalore, I personally  think we should never see that  particular story, it’s a  personal opinion I can’t  really articulate why I  think the siege of Trenzalore should never be seen.  As  the episode plays out we see elements of  the elevenths run dip in and out, we even get  unanswered questions answered which is rare for  a series  which relies on questions, especially Doctor Who.

Very much William Hartnell.
Very much William Hartnell.

The final  part of the episode was  just heartbreaking though, with  a regeneration that tugs at the heart strings and reminds you  why audiences around the world fell in love Matt Smith.  I myself was in tears, even more so  than when the tenth said goodbye to us  all. I like to think it’s because  of all the Doctors in recent years even the Tenth, the eleventh has tapped into the inner child in my life. With his lines about how at eleven hundred  years old he still has a Christmas  list, and how cool is not cool while he flails his arms to the sky he was the child flying around saving the day. I will  miss him and welcome Peter Capaldi, you have big shoes to fill but I know you’re up for the job.

The Author

Graham Day

Graham Day

I am a geek first and foremost. I love animation, film and comics. I live in Dublin, Ireland and love it. I have met so many amazing people over the years, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Mark Millar and Scott Snyder to name but a few. I love to sketch, write and talk about geek news. I went to college for five years, three years animation and two years communication and media. All opinions are my own so I hope they're witty and original, I'm fairly certain they're not.

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