The Day of the Doctor

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I didn’t write anything about The Day of the Doctor for the first few days after it aired to give everyone a chance to see it before posting spoilers. I’m still disinclined because it feels to me that people should meet it fresh, with as few expectations as possible, to get whatever they’re going to get from it themselves.

That said, the fandom is likely overrun with reviews and criticisms. I don’t have to join it though. But since people have been asking me …

I love it.

For me, it wasn’t an over-the-top squee-fest, but it delivered a solid storyline (not loophole-free, but what ever is?) with a resolution that left my eyes shining and wet. The Doctor has made himself a victim of his own self-loathing long before Gallifrey fell, so what now? What might he grow to be? May he finally earn his own respect?

I don’t know, but the themes of absolution and redemption speak to me powerfully. Not just making amends for an egregious sin but being able to undo the sin itself entirely – that’s a big deal.

First Watch: The Snowmen

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Some thoughts:

  • Don’t like most of the opening title sequence. Sorry. I like some of the bits of it. Don’t like putting Matt Smith’s head in it. Don’t like the melty blobby wax 1970 effect. Don’t like the tweedlee synthesizer bits of the music. Don’t like the sliding-down-the-scale bits of the music, either, especially as they’re in tweedlee synthesizer. The whole flavor is, “Let’s give up on the cinematic feel we’ve been moving toward and make this whole thing small-screen and cheesy again.”
  • Do like the closing credits sequence very much. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but it’s worth saying.
  • Don’t hate the TARDIS interior. Still not my favorite, but I’m not seething with disgust or anything. Serviceable. Workable. A bit fun. The coppery one is still the best ever in history, hands down. Thank you, designer, for not making all the controls gleaming and homogeneous. That would have been terrible.
  • This is not a very standalone episode. I recently introduced a non-Whovian friend to Doctor Who using Christmas as a gateway by showing him A Christmas Carol, which was brilliant in nearly every way. This totally works. The Snowmen is far too arc-ish and referential for this and would probably confuse the heck out of my not-we friends.

Edit to add: I don’t want to like Clara too much, but I do. So there. Putting this in the non-spoiler section because everyone knows there’s a Clara and if they don’t, I can’t help it. It’s been blared from the rooftops for months now.

Spoilery aspects:

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