Initially I was actually looking forward to “Space And Time” more than this but The Moff totally blew me away with a story that I reckon is now safely somewhere inside my all-time top ten, and not just because of THAT ending!
# Loved the opening with the original titles and theme, I thought it was appropriate given the nature of the ep we were about to see [and it allowed Delia a long overdue credit at the end so it was worth doing for that alone!]
# Interesting that Totters Lane now seems to be right next to Coal Hill – so why did Ian and Barbara have to drive their in Unearthly Child? And Why did Ian say he’d never have found it in the fog when it was next bloody door? And pretty amazing that it’s still going!
# Spotted Ian Chesterton’s name on the school board but would he really still be involved with the same school all these years later?
# So Clara is a schoolteacher at Coal Hill just like Barbara was all those years ago. And, just like Barbara, it’s her curiosity that takes her into the Tardis, though she does have a much better entrance and Babs never rode a motorbike!
# Spotted that the time on the clock when Clara drove past was 5.16, the original transmission time of Unearthly Child. But seconds earlier we heard the schoolbell ring, so either it took Clara ages to get her bike started, the clock has stopped, or they really keep the kids back in detention at Cola Hill School…
# Not sure about the Time Lords’ nice new lace collars but at least they don’t hide the actor’s faces!
# The minute Ken Bones’ General said that The Moment had a conscience I knew that it would be Billie Piper, and so it proved. Nice when you spot it ahead of the dialogue confirming that you’ve got it right!
# Where was the hut in the middle of the desert that Dr Hurt went to and why? From the trailer I thought it might be Kanpo`s gaff but it just looked like an old farmhouse outbuilding without the farm…
# Loved the interplay between the Doctors – Chinny, Sandshoes and Grandad! Loved it.
# She may have put on so much weight that I didn’t recognise her as the skinny bird from Gavin and Stacey but that was an impressive dollop of Clee-vage that Liz One had on the go. If I was Tennant that would have put me right off me lines!
# The Zygons were great and proper evil-scary looking in a way that a lot of NS monsters haven’t been really. Dunno about the orange puke though – yeuch!
# The scarf was a bit too on the nose for me but hey, I’ll let them away with that one
# I watched it on ordinary telly but the paintings etc must have looked amazing in 3D
# Not sure really that the Zygon threat was justification for nuking London but clearly Kate Stewart had to think so for the purposes of the story. Me is not totally convinced though…
# What the hell can you say about the finale? John Guilor voicing Hartnell and Tom officially this time instead of just on a DVD, good for him. And having all the Doctor taking part felt totally right, although there wasn’t really much Pertwee, but there aren’t that many clips of him at the Tardis controls for them to choose from
# I love the idea of A Retcon That Isn’t A Retcon – the Doctor didn’t destroy Gallifrey after all, he just thought he did. So he spends fifty years running away from his home planet, and now he’s going to spend the next fifty years trying to find it. I can see how that’s a nice reversal and gives the Doctor a purpose for travelling then Universe but… well, at least it’s better than hunting for his Dad!
# Not sure, Gallifre-wise, how “Day of the Doctor” fits in with the events of “End of Time” but I think Rassilon and The Master et al get sent back just before all the Doctors freeze them. That works.
# There were three big Punch The Air moments that could have been four if only we had actually seen Dr Hurt turn into Eccles but the Miserable Northern Git wouldn’t even do that for us. Bah!
# Tom fucking Baker! Sorry, but when I heard that voice I thought to myself “No Fucking Way!” And then there he was, the old bastard! Yay! Now, at face value their convo makes it sound like the Doctor really does retire to become the Curator of the National bloody Gallery but can we really be sure? I mean, maybe he’s another one of those Tesalecta things, or even a bloody Zygon!
# So at some point in the future, the Doctor has incarnations that look just like the old ones? That’s an intriguing notion…
# And of course, within the fiction, if Dr Capaldi was there to help Gallifrey Stand then why wasn’t he there with the rest of the buggers at the end? Hmmm?
# If I have a gripe at all, it’s that so many of the plot threads were left unresolved and we were still left with lots of unanswered questions, which they always tell you not to do when you’re writing unless it’s on purpose. For instance, we never found out what the Doctor did with The Moment after Gallifrey didn’t Fall or what happened with the Zygons and UNIT… but that’s a minor quibble in what has to be one of the most enjoyable eps yet and one that I can’t wait to Fan Edit!
# Tom fucking Baker! Peter Bastardin’ Capaldi! All of the buggers together! FUCK YEAH! Moffat you lying bastard, outstanding job – well done 11/10.
# Loved the closing credits, and the pics of each of the buggers – hope they keep this Gallifrey Circles style instead of the hundred mile an hour scrolling we’ve had lately
# Xmas trailer was brief but intriguing – WTF brings the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Silence to Trenzalore? Gawd only knows, but there’s only 31 days til we find out!
# Fekk. Do you realise it’s now only 31 days til Doctor Capaldi makes his debut? YES!
ANTICIPATION LEVEL FOR DOTD? – 80%
SATISFACTION LEVEL FOR DOTD? – 150%
FRUSTRATION LEVEL FOR DOTD? – 5%