Spanning 50 years and becoming popular worldwide is not something every television show can say they have achieved. Doctor Who has sparked such an incredible fan base over the years that it may be impossible to fins someone who has seen the show and respond negatively. Starting with William Hartnell all the way to Matt Smith, and soon to be Peter Capaldi, the character of the Doctor has become something of a television icon despite the many different faces he has gone through. Stephen Moffat has honored all 50 years of Doctor Who in The Day of the Doctor, an anniversary special that is one for the history books.
This talk will also be full of spoilers. So if you haven’t seen this yet, close out of this and get a move on!
In this “episode” the past is explored and the future is ultimately changed. Probably the most insane thing that happens here is that the Doctor(s) stop Gallifrey from being destroyed. This is certainly an interesting way to take the series and it opens up an enormous amount of material to work with. By the end of the episode, the Doctor said it is now his main mission to find where Gallifrey has been frozen in time. This also makes me wonder if this will change the Doctor’s personality in any way, especially with this new Doctor coming in the next series.
But really, how cool was it seeing Matt Smith, David Tennant, and newcomer John Hurt all together as the Doctor. Seeing how their personalities are all very similar, but clash in small ways makes all of their versions of the Doctor seem very unique and very much the same. Just seeing David Tennant in this role again was great, and he seemed to be really excited to be there. But, Tennant isn’t the only past Doctor to be present! Technically we see all the Doctors, which is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen ever, but we even got to see Tom Baker return. The other Doctors are all archive footage, but Tom Baker was actually back! Good stuff right there.
Before watching this, I was worried that it wasn’t exactly going to live up to my expectations. I was concerned that all the hype and excitement would be for nothing. Luckily, everything I could possibly ask for was in this episode. Three Doctors, Billie Piper, Daleks, Gallifrey, and some excellent twists that change the entire series in drastic but interesting ways. The story really takes a huge step forward with The Day of the Doctor.
There’s a few people I know that haven’t seen any Doctor Who yet. This episode just reminded me that they have to get a move on and be a part of this truly remarkable show. 50 years of the Doctor and he is still going strong. I can’t wait to see what happens next!