Doctor Who – “The Time of the Doctor”

      Doctor Who: Time of the Doctor

It took me a while to get around to this.  There are two reasons.  The first, I’ll get to in a later post.  The second is, even though David Tennant is my Doctor, I came to love Matt Smith nearly as much and it was sad seeing him go.  Let’s dive in.

Did everyone notice that Clara lives in the same apartments that Rose and Jackie lived in?  It was nice to see Clara’s family but who was Linda?  I gathered that she was probably Clara’s step-mother but it was never said and she could very well have been an aunt.  Gran really seemed to like naked Doctor.  The actress who played Gran is Sheila Reid who played Etta in “Vengeance on Varos.”  If you watched the Revisiting the Doctors episodes, that was the episode they showed for Colin Baker.

Someone please correct me on this but…since when is the Tardis capable of teleporting?

I’m confused about The Silence.  They’ve always been portrayed as bad guys that were manipulating humans.  The Doctor told Clara that they are priests.  When did they become his enemy?  Were they part of the branch that broke away that Tasha Lem mentioned?

If The Doctor had left Trenzalore, would all of his enemies have backed off or would they have all just hung around forever?  Or would they have immediately attacked because he wasn’t there to protect Christmas?  By his not leaving, did he start the war he had been hoping to avoid the whole time?  If The Time Lords come back to this universe, that will start a war.  Does that mean The Doctor can never see Gallifrey again?  Seems a shame since he did so much to save it.

Why did The Doctor age so much?  For roughly 200 years, he’d looked exactly the same (established in The Impossible Astronaut) but in the approximately 500 years he was on Trenzalore, his appearance aged drastically.  At first, I thought it was because he’d been away from the Tardis (and the time vortex) for 300 years before it showed back up with Clara.  But, the Tardis was with him during the last few hundred years so that can’t be it.  Also, was Eleven the longest incarnation of The Doctor?  If you add up all the time from Christmas plus how old he’s stated he is, that’s at least 700 years.

Poor Handles.

The last scene between Eleven and Clara was so sad.  I liked this regeneration better than Ten’s.  I recently re-watched his and it was just so lonely.  At least Eleven had a friend there with him.  The actual change was too abrupt though.  I know the regeneration had been in progress for a while but we’ve always seen The Doctor morph from one face to the next.  This one was just “POP!  New Face!”

I’ve thought since they introduced him that I’m going to like Peter Capaldi as The Doctor.  He’s got the right sparkle to his eye but that scene was too brief for me to get a real handle on him.

Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith

 

Favorite Lines:

  • “He’s Swedish.” — Clara
  • “I think a decent vet would give it an even chance.” — The Doctor
  • “Your ears are like rocket fins.”  “I know.  (goofy grin)” — Clara and The Doctor

 

Photo Credit:  GetGlue.com and BBC

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