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New Who: The Story Thus Far – The Doctor Trilogy

John Hussey concludes his series analysing the revival.

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‘The Name of the Doctor’

series-7-finale-poster-portraitSeries Seven came to an explosive conclusion with ‘The Name of the Doctor’ which began to unfold the long arc that had been present within the Eleventh Doctor’s (Matt Smith) era.

The whole idea behind the First Question was put back into the light with the inclusion of Trenzalore, the planet in which Dorium foretold about; a place the Eleventh Doctor mustn’t ever go. This all cleverly came about through the Great Intelligence’s (Richard E. Grant) schemes of luring the Eleventh Doctor there through the kidnapping of the Paternoster Gang.

Trenzalore was finally revealed after the Eleventh Doctor explained it to Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). The planet in question was in fact the Doctor’s grave. I found this to be a surprise twist within the narrative which showcased Moffat’s superb writing skills.

The Eleventh Doctor forced the TARDIS to land on the planet that would see his demise, forcing the Time Lord to endure looking into his own shadowed future. As it turned out Trenzalore was reduced to a grave-yard filled with the bodies of a terrible war that the Doctor would be caught within or even perhaps caused through his continuous meddling.

River Song (Alex Kingston) came back for her (possibly) final appearance on the show, and it was a nice emotional piece to end her journey on. This River was of course from after her death in ‘Forest of the Dead’ who served as a projection, at first only thought to be seen by Clara, aiding in helping during the events of Trenzalore. She ultimately saved the Eleventh Doctor by answering the First Question for him off-screen.

It was later revealed that the Eleventh Doctor could see his wife the whole time but feared acknowledging her because he believed it would’ve broken his hearts. In the end River finally got him to say goodbye properly. This resulted in their best scene together which to this day makes me cry with both sadness and happiness. Her character was a true delight and should this be her last scene then I thank you Moffat for ending her adventures on such a high note.

The Great Intelligence made a nice little return as the main villain and with his new sinister minions the Whispermen he truly felt intimidating and without mercy. One of the scenes I loved the most was where the Great Intelligence nearly forced the Eleventh Doctor into answering his name in order to open his tomb. It felt so tense through the mere idea that his companions were being dealt the hand of death by the Whispermen and that the Doctor’s oldest and greatest secret may finally be revealed.

The interesting discovery was that the tomb itself held not the Doctor’s body but instead his entire timeline. The Great Intelligence’s goal was to merge with the timeline and rewrite the Doctor’s history for his own personal revenge.

‘The Name of the Doctor’ ended with massive amounts of revelations being revealed which started off with concluding ‘the impossible girl arc’. Clara’s alternative selves were the by-product of her jumping into the Doctor’s timeline in order to save him from the Great Intelligence. She splintered into hundreds of different Clara’s and helped the Time Lord throughout his entire timeline, even as far as being the one who aided the First Doctor (William Hartnell) and his granddaughter Susan Foreman (Carole Ann Ford) to escape Gallifrey in the first place.

The final revelation was the reveal that the Doctor had a secret incarnation. This was discovered after the Eleventh Doctor saved Clara from his timeline and they came into contact with this said incarnation. It was the biggest cliff-hanger in the history of the show with the promise that all would be revealed within the 50th Anniversary Special where everything would change.

‘The Night of the Doctor’

mcgann-regenerates-2013-nightThrough shared surprise we were all granted the reward of seeing the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) return to our screens within the 50th anniversary prequel ‘The Night of the Doctor’. This mini-episode brought about all his charm and energy within a short space of time, which to Moffat’s credit was a job well done.

The story showed his demise after his encounter with Cass (Emma Campbell-Jones), a space- pilot who believed him to be a part of the Time War along with his race, now deemed no better than the Daleks. To prove her otherwise he stood with her till the bitter end and went down with her as the ship crashed upon Karn (first seen in ‘The Brain of Morbius’).

The Sister Hood of Karn offered the Eighth Doctor his new destiny by slowly persuading the good man of healing that he would have to join the Time War in order to save the future of the universe. This sad turn of events showed the Eighth Doctor, in his dying moments, to throw away everything he was to become a warrior. The Doctor was to be no more as the long made promise of being the good man came to its apparent end at the birth of the War Doctor (John Hurt). It was both a heartbreaking episode whilst at the same time feeling so exciting due to have the Eighth Doctor ride again.

‘The Day of the Doctor’

50th-poster‘The Day of the Doctor’ changed the life of the Doctor forever by showcasing his most important day: the day he ended the Time War. The inclusion of the War Doctor was so inventive and fresh and really demonstrated that the Doctor has secrets and that we don’t fully know him. This incarnation really showcased that with the idea that he fell so far and became everything he wasn’t in order to do what was essentially right. The War Doctor in the last day of the Time War essentially had enough and wished to use the Moment (Billie Piper) in order to end everything once and for all.

The whole point of the plot was to allow the Doctor to see himself: who he was and what he would become. It was a lesson for the different incarnations who had all seen their horrible side-effects caused by the Time War. The War Doctor becoming a murderer, the Tenth Doctor becoming a burdened traveller of guilt and regret whilst the Eleventh Doctor simply forgot through shame and becoming cold and somewhat bitter, hiding his sadness through his childishness. The Moment wanted the War Doctor to see this at first hand and this interaction slowly made them all realise that time could change.

This important plot-point was utilised through their interaction with the Eleventh and Tenth Doctor starting off weary of the War Doctor due to their shame and disgust over him. Later on the Moment had the War Doctor talk about the final day of the Time War which resulted in the Tenth Doctor becoming angered by the Eleventh Doctor forgetting about the number of children on Gallifrey he burnt, showcasing how far he had pushed himself into the shadows.

Eventually they all came together in order to see history retell itself through a new viewpoint. Though they still didn’t agree with their actions, they at least wanted to make sure the War Doctor wasn’t on his own nor to be deemed the villain. The Eleventh and Tenth Doctor in the end viewed him with sheer respect knowing now that he, through his misdirection, actually fought to keep to the promise more than any of his other incarnations. It was a beautiful revelation for the War Doctor as it meant he finally saw peace in his actions and this was brought about by the respect of his future selves and the proud nature he had in becoming them.

Clara proved once again that she was the Doctor’s saviour by being the one to shed tears over the idea that the Doctor could possibly cause the death of his own people. The Moment also emphasised on this idea by showing the three Doctors the innocent people and children they will burn through their actions of supposed victory. This pushed the Eleventh Doctor to do the unthinkable by undoing his mistake. The entire adventure he had with the War Doctor made him realise that together they could do something different by saving Gallifrey instead of destroying it.

Moffat incorporated the resolution of saving Gallifrey perfectly through the idea of the Gallifreyan technology suspending an occupant in time like a painting. This had been used to tell the tale of how the Zygons travelled through time to invade Earth at a more advanced point in time and was also used to aid the three Doctor’s in reaching Kate Stewart within the Black Archive. So it seemed logical for this seemingly simple Time Lord trick to be used for the grand finale of all plans. But of course for such a monumental moment in Doctor Who’s history it would take not three but thirteen Doctor’s to save the day.

This was an exciting moment within ‘The Day of the Doctor’ which gave a brilliant conclusion to the landmark occasion. It also went as far as giving a glimpse to the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi). What made the anniversary that bit more glorious was it served its purpose in giving the Doctor his next journey in live: to search for Gallifrey. It was nice Tom Baker could come back to be the one to tell the Eleventh Doctor that that was his new goal.

What finished off the special was the idea of redemption. The War Doctor through the Doctor Trilogy was deemed the villain within the Doctor’s timeline and would be viewed as one through the whole premise of not including him within the numbering scheme. He was to be forgotten for his terrible actions, almost like banishment for a crime. But by the end of the plot he was deemed a hero and respected for his actions and he himself could experience this feeling and no longer have to regret his actions. He could regenerate with a smile on his face and know that although his future selves would forget his pure actions, he himself knew he had done good in the end.

‘The Time of the Doctor’

time-of-the-doctor-poster-b-portrait-white-title-largeThe Eleventh Doctor’s story, and The Doctor Trilogy, came to a crashing end during the events of ‘The Time of the Doctor’. The entire ‘silence will fall arc’ made (in my eyes) a satisfying conclusion. It was nice to see all the unanswered questions answered and put together in a clever way.

A major point of the story was the reveal of what Trenzalore really entailed for the Eleventh Doctor. His encounter with the planet in ‘The Name of the Doctor’ wasn’t in fact the real danger of the prophecy. The real danger came about with the revelation that the First Question needed to be answered in order to allow the Time Lords to return through a Time Crack. The reasoning behind the Silence wanting to stop him was due to this act bringing about a second Time War.

‘The Time of the Doctor’ showcased how the Silence came about after the Church of the Papal Mainframe, led by the Doctor’s old friend Tasha Lem (Orla Brady), decided to utilise their power to prevent the Time Lords’ return. This resulted in Madame Kovarian and her fellow followers to break off and make their own schemes to prevent the Eleventh Doctor, which resulted in the events of Series Five and Six.

Her attempts to stop the Doctor ended with her actually creating the events of the incidence in the first place through blowing up the TARDIS and forming the Time Cracks. It just showed that Moffat was still keen to do his usual timey-wimey nature which really did make sense out of all the questions that had plagued us throughout his tenure.

Of course the main point of the adventure was the Eleventh Doctor’s demise. He underwent a slow death of time as he was forced to remain on Trenzalore to protect the Time Crack from being destroyed by his enemies. The dilemma in question was whether he should bring the long earned return of his people and to no longer be the last of his race. The difficulty in this was that it would bring about another war but if the Time Crack was left unattended then not only would the Eleventh Doctor lose his chance at bringing the Time Lords back but the people of Trenzalore would meet their demise also.

The Eleventh Doctor slowly became an old man as he lived out his life on Trenzalore protecting the people from the might of his enemies. More revelations came about when it was revealed that the Tenth Doctor’s half-regeneration in ‘Journey’s End’ was in fact counted as an incarnation. With the revealing of the War Doctor it was made apparent that the Doctor was on his last life and would age to death on Trenzalore during his final battle, as shown within ‘The Name of the Doctor’.

It was interesting to see Clara’s fight throughout the episode as she tried to save her best friend from his fixed fate. What made her efforts harsher was the Eleventh Doctor using the cruel trick of sending her back home not once but twice. This reflected back upon the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) when he tried to send Rose back home during his grand finale. In the end though Clara’s determination was pure and undoubtedly never ending even at the end as the Eleventh Doctor prepared for his final moments; frail and helpless against the Daleks never ending onslaught.

These final moments brought about an emotional end to the Eleventh Doctor’s era starting with Clara begging the Time Lords to help the Doctor change his fate. Listening to her emotional speech and words of wisdom the Time Lords granted the Doctor a brand new set of regenerations so he could start again. In a triumphant final, the Eleventh Doctor used his regeneration energy to smite the Daleks during their moment of arrogance and over confidence. The Doctor was not yet defeated and showed even in his most desperate hour that his great enemy should beware.

The end finally came in that tear-jerking last scene showcasing the Eleventh Doctor, now younger again, saying his farewell and vowing never to forget when the Doctor was him. What made his final moments all the more saddening and happy was that he got to gaze upon his trusted friend Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) once last time. Despite Clara’s plea for him not to go the Eleventh Doctor was then gone in a flesh of golden light. The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) was born.

With his new regeneration cycle the Twelfth Doctor takes on the mantle as his journey through time and space begins on 23rd August where untold adventures await him. Daleks, Medieval robots, Coal Hill School, Dinosaurs, UNIT and Cybermen are just some of the exciting elements that will appear in the Twelfth Doctor’s debut series. The second chapter of Doctor Who’s legacy is just around the corner. But first things first, the Twelfth Doctor must learn how to fly the TARDIS…

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My Verdict

  • ‘The Name of the Doctor’ – 10/10
  • ‘The Night of the Doctor’ – 10/10
  • ‘The Day of the Doctor’ – 10/10
  • ‘The Time of the Doctor’ – 10/10

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Noybusiness
Noybusiness

I just realized that, in a timey wimey way, the War Doctor being reminded by Clara and the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors that he *was* the Doctor explains why he felt drawn to take up the name again after he regenerated into the Ninth Doctor, even though his memories of the end of the Time War were Swiss-cheesed (to borrow a term from Quantum Leap).

Polyphase
Polyphase

I loved Peter's first line :)

‘Kidneys…I’ve got new kidneys,’  ‘I don’t like the colour’. The 12th/14th Doctor


WillHaigh
WillHaigh

The Name Of The Doctor: 7/10, The Night Of The Doctor: 9/10, The Day Of The Doctor: 8/10,The Time Of The Doctor: 5/10

JohanSalberg
JohanSalberg

Amaing writing. Happy too see somone who just loves this show. I totally agree with everything you just said.

robohappy
robohappy

The Name of the Doctor 10/10 - An amazing finale, had an excellent premise about the doctors grave, and gave a satisfying answer to the impossible girl arc. The whisper men were very creepy and it showed the darker side of the doctor in several scenes, which I absolutely love!


The Night of the Doctor 10/10 - A fantastic mini episode that made me want to have Paul Mcgann even more for the 50th (I wish the 8th doctor replaced the war doctor in the 50th). But the Night of the Doctor gave a excellent dark end to his life and possible the best final line of any doctor "Physician heal thy self" .

The Day of the Doctor 6/10 - I treat the 50th as a mixed bag, I loved how 11 and 10 interacted with each other, I (for the most part) loved John Hurt as the War Doctor, and Tom Baker as the curator was very cool! However the Day of the Doctor had many flaws to it, such as Osgood, the dropping of the Zygon Plot, the whole idea of the War Doctor (Paul Mcgann should have been in it instead), and finally, how Gallifery was saved! I have absolutely no problem with the Time Lords returning, but how Moffat did it was insulting! "Oh the Doctor never used the moment, he just forgot and assumed all this time he did it!" I call BS! I also did not like how Clara's version of "helping" the Doctors avoid destroying Gallifery is crying!

The Time of the Doctor 2/10 - The most disappointing of the Trilogy. Although I had problems with the 50th, I still enjoyed it and I would watch it again, but Time of the Doctor is a whole different story! I find the whole episode an insult! The episode was extremely rushed, the story did not make any sense, and the episode was super classy with "nudity jokes" in it! Seriously?! The major flaw in the story is the Time Lords need the Doctor's name to return, and the aliens are attacking trenselore to the doctor never speaks his name into the crack, even though the doctor plans on never telling his name. So my question is, why doesn't he just LEAVE Trenselore? Also it ruined the solution to the 13 regeneration limit for me, as it was something I was excited about for a long time! The episode was a huge mess, absolutely terrible. The only thing positive was Matt Smith's regeneration speech! The episode was just awful!

Jaylcookie
Jaylcookie

10/10 for all of them?!? So they are all as good as each other, none better or worse?!?

TheCosmicHobo2
TheCosmicHobo2

The Name of the Doctor 10/10 - For me it's easily one of the best, if not the best series finale we've had. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire episode and oh my that ending! It's probably the most surprised I've been at an episode for a while considering I really didn't know what to expect from it. A great dark tone with occasional funny moments, the Whispermen were chilling and brilliantly done and it was a joy to see Richard E Grant playing the GI.

The Night of the Doctor 10/10 - It may be only 6 minutes long, but the Night of the Doctor is the best regeneration story since The Caves of Androzani in my opinion. McGann effortlessly nailed the Doctor, as he did in the TV movie and the story was short but gripping and dark at the same time. I can't fault it, literally I have no problems with it at all.

The Day of the Doctor 10/10 - An episode with a historical setting, modern day London with UNIT and an alien planet, all perfectly woven into one jam packed adventure. It is a light hearted episode but it does have dark moments too, Tennant portrays his Doctor perfectly making it seem he never left the role! John Hurt does an incredible job of playing the War Doctor who shares his screen time with 'The Moment', a character perfectly performed by Piper. Jenna Louise Coleman also gives her best performance as Clara yet. I do admit as a 50th anniversary episode, it wasn't all it could have been but for what is was, it had the strongest plot of any story we've seen in new who and it was certainly the most enjoyable!

The Time of the Doctor 7/10 - After a trilogy of incredible Doctor Who, the best we've seen in a while, The Time of the Doctor unfortunately disappoints. The whole episode feels very rushed and a over the top at points, I mean I absolutely loathe the first 15 minutes! The last 15 minutes save it from being a total disaster however as we do get incredible performances from both Matt and Jenna.

edoe101
edoe101

Funny, I watched Name yesterday. Before I rated it an 8/10, but now it's a solid 10. River's possible last scene was lovely, I thought. Night gets a 10 for McGann. Day was amazing. A fitting celebration, I thought. I will be honest, I would've really loved it if they had kept McGann instead of creating a new incarnation, but John Hurt was brilliant so okay. Time was a great end to this arc, and it's currently one of my favourite regeneration stories, up there with The War Games.

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

Since everyone's doing it, and it's not jumping off a cliff... 


The Name of the Doctor - 8/10 - I liked it very much, but I think some of the direction and writing was off. "Disgracefully", for example, is one line which makes me cringe every time.  

The Night of the Doctor - 9.99999/10 - Had me hyperventilating! Screaming and hyperventilating. I was fortunate enough to have avoided some news websites that day and reached the minisode spoiler-free and completely unready for the words "I'm a Doctor, but probably not the one you were expecting". I've mentioned my love for "Bring me knitting" in my previous comment... but the whole mini-monologue there was just pure gold. My sole quibble with Night, aside from it being too short (it should have lasted a season or two... or three ;) ), is one tiny letter. Well, two letters - C and L. I can't for the life of me see why Ohila couldn't have been Ohica. But, like I said, I'm quibbling. 

The Day of the Doctor - 9/10 - Tricky. Like Name, this episode suffers from some very problematic direction and writing in parts. That whole bit with "I've been thinking about this for centuries!!! *strikes surfer pose*" and the questionable direction given in some of the seconds leading up to it, when the Doctors begin to share the idea... Theoretically, I should give this episode the same score I gave Name... but, really, when Day was good, it was just SO good. Something I can't say about Name, which was only REALLY good during the Clara flashback scene and at the talking to/about River bits. "Your WHAT???" might be one of my all-time favorite moments, but it's not enough to make Name a 9, 8 it is... and since Day is better than Name, 9 it is for Day. Or maybe I just loved it that much more for being the anniversary episode? Who knows? WHO knows? 

The Time of the Doctor - 4/10 - This episode could have been a 9. Looking at it from an alternate universe perspective... one where it was a two-parter... the scenes on Trenzalore are longer, for one thing. We see the Doctor fighting, and Clara on Earth pained and betrayed and yet forgiving and still full of faith. We grow to like her for it... yes, even us Clara-haters... and we grow to feel his pain. We relate to the people of the planet, and we see how they bond together - them and their protector. Perhaps the cliff-hanger comes with a glimpse of the aging Doctor? In any case, it's an emotional journey and we're all along for it. Yes, there are some MAJOR flaws in parts: Tasha's flirting with the Doctor seems ridiculous, her recovery from the Dalek's control by sheer willpower looks iffy, the whole naked bit is redundant, and Clara's "If you love him" speech still makes me cringe... but in an episode this epic? In an episode of this magnitude and scope? Who really cares?? 

Except... we don't live in that alternate universe, next door to the universe where they kept Clara Victorian. We live in this one, and in this one the only pay offs in that entire episode were the regeneration speech, and Capaldi's precious few seconds. 4/10 might be too much for that, really.

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

It's interesting how you saw Night of the Doctor in a completely different light than I did. I imagine, now that I think about it, that your way is probably how Moffat meant for me to see it too... but I'm afraid it didn't really work out for him that way. 

I didn't and still don't see it in a heart-break manner. It hurts me to know that it hurt the Doctor... that he felt it was a step in the wrong direction, but the transformation itself never troubled me. At no point did it occur to me that the Doctor had stopped being the Doctor, whatever he might have dramatically said to himself at that point... and DotD seems to have proven me right, there. 

I saw the whole episode as the Doctor BEING the Doctor, in the most profound way possible. A Doctor makes hard choices to save his patient. Sometimes, his actions can even appear brutal, but in the end, they are done with the patient's best interest at heart. He was faced with the universe dying if he didn't step up. He stepped up. He did what he always does - he was the Doctor. 

So, for me, Night isn't a tragic thing to watch... well... at least not for THAT reason. I'm a HUGE 8th Doctor fan, and Night just made me love him even more. I never thought it possible, but in Moffat's hands, 8th was better than ever. Seriously, if I was the type to get tattoos I would have "Bring me knitting!" put somewhere interesting. 

To see that. To be filled to the brim with the sheer pleasure of 8th's appearance in that short SHORT minisode... only to see him go? THAT breaks my heart. Every time. 

That whole business of the "broken promise"? Pfft. 

dschram
dschram

To fully appreciate The Time of the Doctor I find that you must read Tales of Trenzalore, then you will feel infinitely more satisfied.

LucasW
LucasW

The Name of the Doctor: 10/10 A great finale which is one of very few episodes on series seven to get the right balance for a blockbuster episode. At no point did it feel rushed which was a great problem throughout a very promising series for me.

The Night of the Doctor: 10/10 A lovely piece of fan service. While I rather liked the idea of the eighth Doctor's end being a mystery, I can't really fault the "minisode".

The Day of the Doctor: 9/10 It is a wonderful episode very enjoyable and great fun, but there was a distinct lack of classic series in there for me. I know (and entirely understand) that the desire was to look forward not back, but I think it should have spent a little bit more time remembering the 26 years of Doctor Who that mean we can have the show now. A great episode but a bit of tweaking could have made it fantastic.

The Time of the Doctor: 9/10 It has a nice story, a good conclusion to a long running thread and ties up Matt's era in a nice little bow. However, it feels a bit too sloppy with the Christmas scenes tacked on needlessly, and the battle of Trenzalore seemingly going on forever. And I really wish they hadn't layered Matt in awful old-age prosthetics. I love it for all it's faults, but it could have been a great.

NumberNine
NumberNine

I don't think some of the people preaching positivity quite understand where people are coming from when they say they disagree with the series. His writing is superb. The analysis he offers is always a joy to read. His positivity is to be admired. But the point of rating things is to see how it compares to other things of similar nature (in this case other episodes of who). That's why it's a little silly to rate everything 10/10 in my opinion. Why include the ratings at all? Why not just make it an article detailing his thoughts sans the ratings? It makes the rating system pointless. It adds no insight into the quality of the episode because there is no differentiation. Looking at his ratings alone, you can't tell which episodes he would call the best and which he would say were lacking in certain areas. If I were to give any advice to the series, I wouldn't say tone down the positivity, I would suggest to simply omit the ratings. Please just try to understand where people are coming from before you bash them being negative, and tell them to stop watching the show.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

They are all great episodes and they all get 11/10 from me.

And thank you for this wonderful and very positive series of article John!

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

I don't think time deserves a ten. Though it was a good episode it didn't feel like a good send off. It seemed rushed and would have benefited from a longer runtime of multiple parts.

The 4th Doctor
The 4th Doctor

Yes first things first... but not necessarily in that order

WhoIntoDarkness
WhoIntoDarkness

I am sorry but 

  • ‘The Name of the Doctor’ – 7.5/10
  • ‘The Night of the Doctor’ – 9/10
  • ‘The Day of the Doctor’ – 9.5/10
  • ‘The Time of the Doctor’ – 10/10



WhoIntoDarkness
WhoIntoDarkness

Who else watched The Time of the Doctor tonight? The feels...!

WillHaigh
WillHaigh

All 10/10s? The Time Of The Doctor at least deserves a 5!

Whovian_Brownoat
Whovian_Brownoat

Name: 6 

Night: 9 

Day: 7 it was fun and a great fanservice but not that great a story 

Time: 5

I have just discovered I can finally do line breaks!!! It's a miracle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!












The One Eyestalk
The One Eyestalk

My ratings: 

- The Name of the Doctor: 9/10 

A great finale with a sastisfying conclusion to the Impossible Girl arc and a shocking cliffhanger. 

 - The Night of the Doctor: 10/10 

Though there isn't much to grade it by, every second of this wonderful short was magestic. 

 - The Day of the Doctor: 10/10 

The bang Doctor Who deserved for 50 Years. A secret incarnation, UNIT, Queen Liz, Daleks, Zygons, and no....all thirteen! 

 - The Time of the Doctor: 7/10 

A mixed ending for Matt Smith. The closing of the arcs and the gaining of the Doc's new regenerations was clever, and it has my favorite regeneration scene of all time, but the rest is just sorta so-so. 

Overall Score: 36/40 


Thanks for the awesome series, John! Do you think you could perhaps do Series 8 in the future?











IceDaleks
IceDaleks

The Name Of The Doctor - 9/10

The Night Of The Doctor - 8/10

The Day Of The Doctor - 9/10

The Time Of The Doctor - 8/10

JolomontheCube
JolomontheCube

my final list:


The Name of the Doctor: 7/10


The Night of the Doctor: 9/10


The Day of the Doctor: 8/10 (c'mon there were some problems in it)


The Time of the Doctor: 6/10 (it was enjoyable and the regeneration was great but the rest of it was just muddled)


MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier
MrRazza, General Rogue Timelord Identifier

The Name of the Doctor - 7/10 - It's a good episode, but I feel the Paternoster Gang are a hindrance and something is lacking for me. 

The Night of the Doctor - 9/10 - Great minisode, McGann is on solid form, I just would have preferred a little more to it. 

The Day of the Doctor - 10/10 - Elements of it (particularly the Elizabeth side of things) are a little lacking, but the fanservice (without excess), the emotional rollercoaster and Tom Baker easily carry it off. 

The Night of the Doctor - 9/10 - I enjoyed this episode, I see why some people see flaws but for me it's well paced, resolves the arcs quite neatly and has a fantastic regeneration scene. let down a little by the apparition of Amy Pond.

Scootersfood
Scootersfood

Sometimes i'm ashamed to be in such a negative fandom at times, but the people who aren't negative are really fun to talk to. I totally agree with the ratings!

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

@robohappy Agreed on the 50th and Time. I even think Matt's regeneration speech was excessive, but then some of his speeches were.

robohappy
robohappy

@edoe101 I agree, although Hurt did a excellent performance as the war doctor, I feel the entire incarnation as unnecessary and they should have used Paul Mcgann instead! 

Sephora.IWishIWasScottish
Sephora.IWishIWasScottish

@NumberNine There is a solution for that : read his thoughts and stop before the ratings. At worst, they are pointless, at best they show his enthusiasm for the show, which personally makes me very happy. You comment is polite but others are plain rude - simply because he dares to enjoy his favorite show! 

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

@WillHaigh I think you're being kind. 5 is too much for it. A lacking episode in every possible sense. Could have been great, had they given it a proper running time, but they didn't, and it was horrible. A few bright spots, but over all... dreadful.

Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

Have you ever considered that some people are just sharing their opinions?

KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys
KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys

@Beasts_a_Snarling  Most people are but some of them do it in the worst was possible. Analysing it indefinitely to the point it's no longer enjoyable for them and then stating their opinions as fact. I think is what Scooters is talking about. I think these people are really a minority in the Doctor Who fanbase but they seem as if they're a majority sometimes and it can make people feel ashamed.

Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

Some people enjoy tearing the episode apart and anyalizing it. It's just their way of enjoying Doctor Who.

WhoIntoDarkness
WhoIntoDarkness

@ Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey @WhoIntoDarkness @WillHaigh As much as I loved the other episodes The Name of the Doctor was just rushed and deserved to be a two parter and just felt like it was concluding a series because it had too. The Day of the Doctor was really really good but it changed all of doctor who history which I understand why but still... you know? Then The Time of the Doctor was a beautiful episode for the 11th doctor, it makes me sad but happy at the same time to see the Doctor living a normal life and to mean so much to so many people. The Time of the Doctor was a great end to an amazing chapter of Doctor Who.

Scootersfood
Scootersfood

@stargazer0118 @Scootersfood @KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys @Beasts_a_Snarling  Whoa there's alot of misinterpreting going around here... When I say negative I don't mean disliking something, I mean utterly insulting and bashing anything. Read KingOfTheInterWeb's message, he pretty accurately states what I'm trying to say. Again, I'm fine with people having different opinions but is it really necessary for some to outright  insult and bash on things about the show? Stuff like that is what i'm talking about.