November 24th, 2013 (01:20 pm)
current mood: ecstatic
current song: It's Time - Imagine Dragons
Day of the Doctor... <3
I was worried over knowing that Billie Piper would be in the episode, because I honestly could not see how Rose could possibly be a part of the show anymore without breaking reality itself. I am glad that isn't what happened. She didn't play Rose at all. It was just a face that the Doctor was supposed to know (but was from his future instead XD) Also, it was Bad Wolf!Rose, not normal Rose. And she played the Ultimate Weapon. Fitting.
I had no problem with The Moment!Rose.
War!Doctor is much love. It was good to see an older Doctor again, one of the reasons I am looking forward to Peter's run on the show. I loved how torn he was over the decision he had to make in ending the War and believing there to be no other way and focusing on how many children he would be killing if he did go through with it. I loved how he still held on to a snarky sense of humour even with all that was going on in his life. I also love how he decided that he wasn't the Doctor anymore and refused to take that name until the end.
But what I love is how Moffat made this not so much about the Time War or the Daleks, but more as a psychological look into what made the Doctor the man he is today. That's how i interpreted it anyway :) Ten, the one who couldn't let go of anything and Eleven, the one who 'forgets' so he can move on. This doesn't go into detail about the Time War other than "It was big and it was bad and it had to end." It does however explain how it ended. Which, to me, was really needed information after what happened in the paragraph below.
I really really liked how it ties the huge gaping plot hole RTD left standing (one moment through most of the series the Doctor was saying he watched Gallifrey burn, that he destoryed the planet, only to have End of Time happen and ooops, look at that, it didn't burn after all WTF?!) It gave us a nifty all Doctor's included ending which makes it plausible in canon to have time locked the planet and still have the Doctor believing he destroyed Gallifrey until something triggered his memory.
I say slightly plausible because how did the Doctor contact all his past selves and have this sorted out? It was stated in the show he had been thinking of it for a very long time (since he was on his first incarnation and just started travelling to the end of his life.)
It is possible that was part of Clara's role for the Doctor in order to save him.
Also, the big bad the show focuses on more than any other and is classed as the actual threat in the episode isn't Daleks...it's Zygons. Now all I hear in my head is Sarah Jane saying triumphantly to Rose "THE Loch Ness Monster!" XD
Also, good to see the Lethbridge Stewarts are back again! The Brig's daughter going all out with UNIT is cool. Kate is awesome. Her name is Kate, right? I keep forgetting her name, but that doesn't mean she's any less awesome.
Also, The Curator at the end, hee! I was really not expecting that, but cameo for the win!
All up, I really loved this special.
It was totally worth getting up at 6 in the morning to watch the live broadcast :)