Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
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In this hugely anticipated follow-up to the record breaking Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, we bid adieu to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and welcome Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, The Hour) in his first televised appearance as the new Doctor. Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe's deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them - the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe. This landmark episode is bound to be a thrilling adventure for the ages.
• A Tribute to Matt Smith
• Tales from the TARDIS
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This Christmas Special, The Time Of The Doctor, managed to wrap up everything in an hour. It didn't feel rushed. It didn't feel cheap. It didn't feel like the Eleventh Doctor was being cheated. In fact, it was a beautiful and wonderful exit for him. Without spoiling, he was able to do something he never really has in the past: stop running. He stayed for Christmas - and you'll understand that when you watch the special.
New questions emerge as the old ones are answered - and I shall not ask them here. Make sure you have tissues as the show closes out because this is a tough goodbye that we all knew was coming. Yet it was wonderful and the Doctor was honored as one who had accomplished much. Just as we opened Christmas gifts, so the Doctor received his big Christmas gift at the end. It is also a gift for all of us as we continue to enjoy the adventures of the Doctor.
I'm sure some will nitpick because that's how they are. Some will complain that all of the Doctor Who universe has just collapsed. Some will complain of time being rewritten (silly, since the Doctor makes a habit of that). Yet nothing really changes. After The Day Of The Doctor, the earlier incarnations of him had no idea that Gallifrey was saved - they forgot what had happened when the time streams merged. So things do change as they always have. For the Doctor and his companions, time is not a linear progression. As we learned in the Waters of Mars, even "fixed points" can be changed in some ways.
For those who are interested in the Doctor, this isn't a good place to start. It took several series to build up to this point, but all of the rebooted series is highly recommended. For Whovians, open your mind and enjoy. Throw out your preconceived notions and what you THINK should happen. Steven Moffat is a capable showrunner and one of the best TV screenwriters out there (look at his Doctor Who catalog and what he's done on Sherlock). This special is a cathartic farewell to Matt Smith's Doctor and a vindication of him. I wish we could have more of him because he has been magnificent, but he has been given a grand sendoff with so many answers for us and him. I look forward to the next Doctor and many more adventures.
For this special, very well paced. Well acted. Funny. Plenty of action and adventure. Plenty of tears too - but not bad ones. It was better than I could have hoped. With The Name Of The Doctor, The Day Of The Doctor, and The Time Of The Doctor, we have a great trilogy that tells us so much about him and sends off Matt Smith in a fitting and big way. Five stars for all three.
I am so glad that Amazon had this episode available the day following the showing as I was visiting family and they didn't subscribe to BBCA. I was afraid of seeing spoilers in my social media, so I bought it from Amazon for my PC viewing. Even with the family's low bandwidth internet connection, the buffering from Amazon was FLAWLESS and the playback was perfect. It's amazing what a little defensive coding can do and their coders knew what they were doing.
The video played well on my PC, but the HD had issues with the copy sent to my Tivo ( for some reason the view was too wide and the aspect controls on the tivo didn't make any difference). I've never seen that issue before when buying direct from the Tivo so it might have been because I ordered it for the PC viewing and just sent the free copy to the Tivo. The other issue was that there was no closed-captions. Again, this might have been because I purchased the view formatted for the PC.
I honestly loved DAY OF THE DOCTOR more as for some reason this didn't get me as emotionally involved as the prior did, which is surprising considering the matter at hand. Still, being the Doctor Who lover I am, I did get a couple tears at the end - Yes, I had emotional moments during Tom Baker's exiting regeneration, Davison's, Tennant's and now Smith's.
Can't say if there really is a major difference between Blu-ray and the regular DVD edition - yet at this point, there isn't much a difference in price either. No is there any audio commentary - an aspect of the older Doctor Who serials I do sorely miss, yet it occurs to me they are holding off for a decade or so in order to give the one-time Doctor's something to look forward to (and probably resell me editions I already own. Oh well. LOL ).