Doctor Who 50th - initial thoughts
So I have no desire to do any formal sort of review…but I just finished watching the special and I need to talk somewhere.
Let me just say before I do - I’m hugely in love with this show, but not to say I think it’s not without fault. I’m a big fan, but a newer fan. I think I started watching a bit around the time Blink first aired, and not obsessively until later. I watch on Netflix so I tend to be behind the game. I have seen a handful of the older episodes but still have a lot of those to go through.
And this is just my opinion. Also…spoilers.
- I really really liked it.
- I laughed quite a bit too. The humor was really well done. Especially the rabbit. And the fezzes. And I was wondering how they were going to pull off explaining yet another wife - I don’t really see why he had to propose to try to pull off whatever he was planning to do…but oh well, it was amusing so I didn’t mind.
- I also really liked the interactions of the three Doctors. It really accented the differences between them. And the screwdriver comparisons. XDXD
- I’m a fan of Rose, so I was glad to see her back, even if she was actually just The Moment. I liked how that was done too, only letting the doctor who didn’t know her be the one able to see her.
- Which, I guess going back to The Moment…if it wasn’t actually used after all and the Daleks destroyed themselves, it actually works that some would have survived and come back again in the days of Nine.
- There weren’t any big twists. But I didn’t mind that I saw most things coming. Cuz it wasn’t bad in the way of that-horrible-twist-that-they-wouldn’t-possibly-use-because-it-would-be-oh-so-cliche-and-crap-they-just-did…. (OUAT I’m looking at you…). It was more satisfying. Like the parallels with the Zygon plot and when the War Doctor seeing what he would become was actually the reason he knew he did need to go ahead with his decision. So yay. Also, there was no Moffet-esque giant magic power-of-love-and-friendship plot hole disguised as a rationally convoluted explanation. So double yay.
- I’m iffy on the “saving Gallifrey after all” thing. Not that I would ever wish its previous fate on anyone. But the destruction of Gallifrey was such an essential part of who the last few doctors have been, that even if you wipe his memory of saving it (that is what happened, right?), it feels a little cheaper. I dunno. I don’t dislike it either. I mean…it was freaking awesome with all 13 showing up…and it does work too. Saving what’s become most important, and in a way saving themselves too.
- And it leaves room for some interesting new directions. Even though it kinda gets divided up like 9&10, then 11, it a way those become more like one larger saga and this is the real conclusion to it (way better than the End of Time option anyway….)
- And I suppose more of a headcanon now on my part, but if Capaldi were the final doctor (assuming not from things I’ve heard so far)….it would be interesting if, having healed from the damage done to his psyche by his guilt over the Time War, he returned to more of what he was at the very beginning, set off in search of his long lost Gallifrey, had a whole slew of adventures with new companions that weren’t always -quite- so emotionally attached that covered a few new story arcs and were always dropping hints leading closer to Gallifrey, until at the very end he finally found it and….err…well, I can’t actually imagine the doctor settling down and retiring….but I want him to have a happy ending, so there.
- Also, the door wasn’t locked.