Guys, Doctor Who is never going to get better, is it?
So, I just re-watched the 50th. I’m confused as to why all of the Doctors showed up to help freeze Gallifrey? How would all the former Doctors know to be there? Or is this something we’re just shrugging off as wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey?
In a fitting move for an episode celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, ”The Day of the Doctor” began with the opening visuals and music used by the very first episode of Doctor Who, which fade away to show a police man passing by a familiar old junkyard before the camera focuses in on the Coal Hill School, where inside is…
Clara Oswald. Teaching. With no explanation for how the last episode was resolved, how she and the Doctor escaped his timeline, how they left Trenzalore, where the Paternoster gang is, or why she’s back on Earth.
Still it’s nice to see some character development in Clara. It looks like Clara’s left her job as a nanny and is now working as a teacher, which is another nurturing position, but it probably meant that she had some ambition and took the initiative to make a career for herself. Mind you, it would have been nice to see her move beyond the Impossible Girl and make a new life for herself instead of trying to guess what happened to her between “The Name of the Doctor” and “The Day of the Doctor.” But I guess this is what passes as character development in the Moffat era.
This was just the first of many problems I had with the 50th anniversary. There are, of course, many things that I did enjoy about the special. The interaction between the three Doctors was superb, the dialogue was witty and engaging, Billie Piper turned in an absolutely stellar performance as the Moment, and the inclusion of Tom Baker and clips of the other Doctors (including Capaldi!) had all of the Whovians at my viewing in a puddle of feels. But it’s important to talk about the problematic elements, because they have strongly detracted from my enjoyment of what should have been an incredible anniversary special. From the horrible characterization of Elizabeth I to the undermining of Series 1-7, there was a lot that had me cringing throughout this episode.
So, below the jump is an extended review of “The Day of the Doctor.”
No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.
- Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini
FUCK YOU if you think that street harassment is a “compliment” or “no big deal” or that it’s “irrational” of us to be afraid because “what’s actually gonna happen.” Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you some more.
I want a Twelfth Doctor that is fully concious of the fact that he is being written by Moffat.
And it pisses him off.
"Oh, a woman. Let me guess, you fancy me? Am I sexy? Do you want to grind against me and call me a clever boy? You come near me and I will delete you from time. How? Who the fuck knows? It won’t be explained. You won’t be explained. You’ll just be gone. Gone to a sexy dimension.’
Vatican Women’s Rifle Team, disbanded 1942. Sister Juliette left the order to join the French Resistance. #WWII
You know when you have a thought that you’re trying to explain but it just seems to make more sense in your head than when you put words to it? That’s what it’s like watching an episode written by Moffat. I’m sure it makes sense to him, but it just does not translate well.
right, see you guys in 2063 for the 100th anniversary