As anyone who has any vague interest in Doctor Who will know yesterday (Saturday 23rd November 2013) for those possibly reading in the future…see what I did there? Nope, ah well. Any way, yesterday was the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. And I and a group of my friends went to see the episode The Day of the Doctor in our local cinema. And I cannot begin to explain how fantastic it was. Just the atmosphere within the screen was so collective….I’m not even going to try any more to explain. If you saw it at the cinema you will know what I mean. Just that feeling of everyone being there for the same reason and all there to support the anniversary. I think most people clapped when the credits started rolling. I definitely did.
The episode it’s self; to quote Ron Weasley was ‘bloody brilliant’ just the collaboration of everything together, the story line, the actors, the characters and the writing. My first reaction when we got out the cinema was where’s that been for the past series? Moffat pulled it out of the bag big time. After series 7 to say I was wary when I saw he was the writer for this was an under statement but I can say that I was more than pleasantly surprised with the result, I was delighted it was more than I could have hoped for.
The acting was brilliant, David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt all together, all playing the same character but all playing him so differently, it was wonderful. I really like Matt Smith’s doctor but once again seeing Tennant reminded me of how much I do miss his interpretation of the character.
John Hurt’s Doctor surprised me. Because he was from the Time War and was a solider and had almost buried the name The Doctor I was expecting a much angrier and dark portrayal. However what you got was definitely a solider, but you saw almost the innocence and youth because he was so much younger than both Tennant and Smith’s doctor but also you could see that under the solider and under everything he’d done and was going to do he was still The Doctor under all of that, and I really enjoyed it. It gave the entire episode a whole new meaning as well as your thoughts on him as a character. I also really enjoyed the fact that he contributed to the humour of the episode. Smith and Tennant could bounce of each other and use references from there previous episodes but Hurt had nothing and there were some wonderful humorous moments. Not only when he didn’t understand a statement ‘wibbily wobbily’ but in his reaction to them and things they did such as the line ‘Oh the pointing again? There screwdrivers what you going to do assemble a cabinet at them?’
There’s probably plenty more I could say about this episode. I could probably go on for days about how much I loved it and what I loved about it so before I more on to my next point I will leave you with two of my favourite moments of the episode 1) Where all three Doctors battled the Dalek and that’s how the escaped out of the painting, this was done brilliantly and since it was shown in 3D in the cinema’s this just added another element. And 2) At the end when all the doctors were flying in and they were saying it’s all 12 Doctors and there was the line ‘No 13’ and you just got the shot of Peter Capaldi‘s eyes was fantastic. I love that he got to be in the 50th episode and there was a nod to him being the next Doctor. But I shall stop there because that’s a whole other blog post.
And one final thing before I let you get on with your life. Since I went to see this with a group of my friends we all dressed up (obviously, it was a given). I went as River Song, I love her character and it was a fun costume. Because I’m blonde it would have been an easy option to go for Rose but I decided to do something different. I didn’t use a look she’d worn in an episode but just wore clothes that I thought she would.
Here is picture of me and my friend in our costumes. I’m on the left as River and she’s dressed as Clara from the episode Asylum of the Daleks.
I hope you enjoyed this and I shall more than likely in the near future write a post about everything that I didn’t think would fit into this one. So I will see you next time.