Smith’s farewell turn is certainly the worst of the NuWho baton-passers. From the forced sub-Mork & Mindy shenanigans with cipher Clara’s cardboard family, to the eyeroll-inducing voiceovers, to the repetition of “Doctor who?,” to the Attack of the Killer Regeneration, it was pretty painful to watch. As Moffat checked off the boxes, explaining the lingering mysteries of Smith’s run (about the connection between the Silence and the exploding TARDIS, etc.), all I could think of was The Eight Deadly Words that doom all forms of storytelling: I don’t care what happens to these people.
But you know what? Matt Smith, man. In the middle of this train wreck, he does a bit with a severed Cyberman head that actually finds a heartstring. When Handles finally craps out and “dies,” Smith, in his late-middle-age makeup, calls his name a couple of times and stares at the thing. The look on his face evokes memories not just of the similarly robotic K-9, but also of all the other companions long gone. Another one, his face says. I’ve lost another one.
Smith is a wonderful actor and was perfectly cast as the Doctor. His successor, Peter Capaldi, is also a wonderful actor (after watching him F-bomb his way through In the Loop, I have to stop myself from ending my cell phone conversations, “Fuckity-bye!”) and, despite my disappointment at the role not going to a woman this time around, I believe that he is also perfectly cast as the Doctor.
If only the problems with this show had anything to do with the cast."
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The reason his RTD era stories were watchable.
so you’re telling me there’s an alien who regenerates into a completely random form, that he cannot control or determine himself, and who understandably could take millions of different appearances, but who all 13 times just turned into a different skinny white guy
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sometimes I think back to the interviews Christopher Eccleston did while he was the Doctor and how he talked about how great it was that the series was moving away from the sexism of previous series and then I look at the show now and I just feel so sad
Wait. Not sad. What’s the other thing?
Matt Smith was not the first Doctor I watched, but he was the first Doctor that I started watching live, and he sort of accidentally became my Doctor. When I thought of the Doctor, he was the Doctor I imagined. He was the Doctor I quoted, and he was the Doctor I cosplayed. But in recent episodes I’d become increasingly uncomfortable with the kind of person my Doctor was becoming. I’d hoped “The Time of the Doctor” would be a return to and celebration of the Doctor I’d originally loved. Unfortunately, it was a compilation of all the worst traits the Eleventh Doctor has displayed, and all of the most problematic tropes about women which have been employed repeatedly during Steven Moffat’s tenure as showrunner. Even Matt Smith’s moving speech and Karen Gillan’s surprise return as Amy Pond couldn’t save this episode.
It’s taken me quite a while to write this post because I honestly couldn’t bring myself to even begin addressing the myriad of problems in this episode. Say what you like about Russell T. Davies, he sure wasn’t a saint and his scripts did occasionally employ problematic tropes, but his scripts weren’t as openly and unapologetically misogynistic as Moffat’s have become. It’s as if Moffat created a list of all the complaints his episodes have elicited and decided to provoke every single one of those again in this episode.
So, with great reluctance, below the jump is my review of “The Time of the Doctor.”
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“Rose is open, honest, heartfelt, to the point of being selfish, wonderfully selfish. Martha is clever, calm, but rarely says what she’s really thinking. Donna is blunt, precise, unfiltered, but with a big heart beneath all the banter. But we come back to what I was saying ages ago about turning characters. If Rose can be selfish, then her finest moments will come when she’s selfless. If Martha keeps quiet, then her moments of revelation - like her goodbye to the Doctor in Last of the Time Lords, or stuck with Milo and Cheen in Gridlock - make her fly. Donna is magnificently self-centred - not selfish, but she pivots everything around herself, as we all do — so when she opens up and hears the Ood song, or begs for Caecilius’ family to be saved, then she’s wonderful.”
- Russell T. Davies on companions
I miss when Doctor Who just had a bunch of one-off episodes that were cute and cheesy. I miss when the story arch was subtly added in so that the climax of the season was so much cooler. I miss when the plot twists weren’t shoved in our faces all the time. I miss when there was actual continuity. I miss when the companions were relatable and seemingly ordinary people who became extraordinary. I miss that Doctor Who.
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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.”
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