Like so many milliions of people, I sat and watched the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who.
And… it wasn’t what I was hoping for. But that’s not to say it was bad – it wasn’t. It just wasn’t as good and amazing as it really ought to have been for something so special. I liked the idea of the three Doctors being together (Tennant was back <3), although John Hurt’s voice grated on my nerves a bit. However, some of the acting was a bit cringey (putting it politely here); such as the scene where 11 and 10 are waiting for Clara to get the fez, and when 11 is trying to get Clara to pretend to be the “witch” – Clara’s acting was pretty awful at that point too, and I’m NOT just saying that because I dislike Clara.
It was interesting getting to see the Zygons, because obviously they’re monsters from very early on in the series so it was a nice touch bringing them back, but I was really disappointed that you don’t get to find out what happened to them in the end. Remember, the Doctors had wiped their memories to make them forget who was Zygon, who was human in order to get them to agree to cancel the detonation… But that was the last you saw of them. So what about Katie, and the girl who was wearing Tom Baker’s Doctor’s scarf? Did they remember they were humans and kill of their Zygon copies? Will we ever find out?! That was a mistake, BBC, because people have noticed you forgot to tell us what happened. And another thing I didn’t like… Peter Capaldi’s appearance, however brief. It shouldn’t have been there – he’s NOT the Doctor yet. Yes, it was showing that he obviously remebers all his past regenerations, and was going back to help them because he knew what would happen, but he is NOT YET THE DOCTOR. He just shouldn’t have been shown.
The idea of the paintings was pretty clever, and I loved it when we saw the Gallifrey Falls/ No More painting for the first time… It was, to be hoenst, visually stunning. And when they realised that something – the Zygons – had broken out of the paintings… Oh, so good! Ah, and the moment when Tom Baker Scarf Girl realised the statues had been broken by the Zygons, who were hiding in their stead… That was a good moment, I loved that realisation
Another of the moments I liked was one involving Clara! It was when she was shown Captain Jack’s vortex manipulator, and then suddenly Katie, that guy and the girl wearing the 4th Doctor’s scarf were revealed to be Zygons (I don’t know if it was meant to be a surprise that Katie was a Zygon; I had realised from the moment that she went away quite early on), and just at that moment she got the message the Doctor had left with the authorisation code for the vortex manipulator!
I also rather liked the banter between Doctor’s 10 and 11, it was just what I would expect from them! John Hurt was good as well, because obviously things are going to be really weird for him… Like “Timey Wimey”
But my absolute favourite thing about this Special – aside from seeing the sneak peak to the Christmas episode, and THEN THE SHERLOCK SERIES 3 TRAILER AT THE END – was definitely the wonderful and amazing appearance of one of my all-time favourite Doctors… Tom Baker. Oh, it was so wonderful to see him. It was weird too, because he’s so old now, but looking at his face you could still see the 4th Doctor inside him. It was a really lovely moment, and do you know what? I got a little teary-eyed seeing him, because he was just such a good Doctor, and such a well-kept surprise!
So, all in all, I’d probably give the episode a 6 or a 7 out of 10, because whilst it was good, it wasn’t riveting, and they definitely should have made it so much better for marking such a monumentous occasion. BBC and Stephen Moffat, you better up your game for the coming series!