Well? After all the build up, was it worth it?
Looking back at my thoughts prior to transmission, some things I got right, some I got wrong, but I got the important one right, and that’s what matters!
Okay, first up, let’s deal with those flashbacks at the start. So glad I was wrong about the Gallifrey flashback, how many times have fans imagined that escape scene. Shame they didn’t get Babelcolour to do it, it would have been so much better than it was. As for the rest of the clips that Clara was inserted into, there were some pretty bizarre choices in there I must say – I mean, Dragonfire? WTF?
I thought there’d be some out of focus, in the background doubles and I got that right, though some of them didn’t look much like the Doctors they were meant to be, but I suppose you can explain that away as “the memory cheats”…
As for the story itself, well I got it right that we wouldn’t actually find out his name and there were a couple of moments where I guessed the dialogue correctly, which always gives me a warm glow. And did anybody else spot the line that was very similar to one from “Castrovalva”? Yeah, `course you did.
As for the “secret” itself, well, if you`ve been anywhere near the Internet, even in the run up to the “leak” of the episode, and showed any interest at all in the Anniversary special, then you had a good idea of exactly Who it was that John Hurt was playing. But if you didn’t, it must have been the biggest surprise ever. The moment he spoke, and you heard that distinctive voice of his, you would have been thinking “bloody hell, they’ve got John Hurt to play The Valeyard!” But no…
And I got it right that Clara was Temporal Fission-ed across the Doctor’s timeline though having The Great Intelligence as the villain didn’t really have that much of an impact as it could have been pretty much anyone, the whole point of the story was simply to open the Doctor’s grave and find what was inside.
Guessed that Trenzalore was where he was buried and loved the idea of the now-dead Tardis being his tomb. And I do think it’s a good idea to establish that, at some point in the future, the Doctor does die, he’s not immortal. Of course, how many Doctors there are before Trenzalore is another question…
And speaking of questions, there are plenty of those left hanging in the air between now and November 23rd. I love the idea of a “forgotten” Doctor but I do think they could have made him a bit less of a scruffy bugger, don’t you?
And that was “The Name of the Doctor”, the obvious winner of the DWM Season Survey, the result of that will never be in doubt.
And what are the chances that the next issue of DWM will have a “John Hurt IS The Doctor” cover?
Can’t wait to Fan Edit this one!
SATISFACTION LEVEL FOR THIS EPISODE? – 96%
FRUSTRATION LEVEL FOR THIS EPISODE? – 2%
ANTICIPATION LEVEL FOR NEXT EPISODE? – 80%
SEASON SEVEN [According to Whopix]
#1 – The Name of the Doctor
#2 – The Crimson Horror
#3 – Nightmare In Silver
#4 – Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
#5 – The Bells of Saint John
#6 – Hide
#7 – Cold War
#8 – The Rings of Akhaten