This is not a drill
If you have not seen the Day of the Doctor, then run for the hills. (And then watch Day of the Doctor)
Where were we?
How many times did I die during that episode?
“No sir! … Thirteen.”
DO YOU GET IT
Sorry. Review. Got it.
This moment right here represents a very real and present problem for me –
I love the idea of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.
I do not love the idea of Matt Smith ever not being the Doctor.
It’s a vicious cycle made up of emotional dependence on fictional people.
But this moment – this moment really was amazing. Thirteen doctors in one scene. Thirteen doctors in one season would have been impressive, let alone a thirty-second time slot with each Doctor helping teleport a planet. I admit, I’m not entirely sure how they made that work, but hey, it’s Doctor Who, and some things you just have to let happen.
Like how some guns are manufactured to shoot perfectly formed, perfectly spaced letters into a wall.
Sure, that’s a thing.
But these weren’t the only things worth mentioning in this episode. Every scene with more than one Doctor was absolutely stellar; to be perfectly honest, I felt like I was just reading some really, really fantastically well-written fanfiction.
Because this sort of thing doesn’t just happen in canon, does it?
I have to say, one of my favorite scenes was the three Doctors in the Tower of London together, 10, 11, and 8.5(?), discussing timey wimey and the mechanics of a wooden door.
And, of course, Clara.
actually figuring out the mechanics of a wooden door.
By the way, let’s talk about Clara. At this point in her life, she has already saved the Doctor’s life. Dashed herself into confetti versions of herself and spread them about the Doctor’s timeline to save every single Doctor. And in this episode, she saved Gallifrey.
Clara saved Gallifrey.
I mean, of course, the Doctor is the one[thirteen] who did the marvelous timey-wimey spacey-wacey thing that hid Gallifrey in some obscure pocket universe, but Clara convinced him to. Clara has saved not only the Doctor, but literally EVERY LIVING TIME LORD.
Wait, while we’re already slow clapping, let’s add this scene to the list of slow-clap worthy moments.
*accompanied by euphoric sobs and murmurings of “Gallifrey falls no more!”*
Before I close out, I must say, I liked 8.5 way more than I thought I would. I never thought I’d dislike him, but I certainly never expected him to be fantastic, and I was pleasantly surprised. And his victorious “Gallifrey stands!” stood up quite well to all the other Doctors’ catchphrases.
Speaking of new Doctors, if you’ve been downwind of the internet in the past forty-eight hours, you may have heard the calls for Kate Osgood (also known as Scarf Girl) to be the next companion of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. They seem like they would make a charming pair, but with so little known about Twelve or Kate, maybe it’s too soon to speculate.
“too soon to speculate” she said to the Doctor Who fandom.
I’M KIDDING YOU GUYS
Go crazy with those speculations, I want to hear all of them.
And hey! *raises screwdriver*
Here’s to the hundredth anniversary!