Day of the Doctor Review

5 thoughts on “Day of the Doctor Review”

  1. I don’t think they really changed anything…or rewrote history. The way I see it, what happened in the 50th ALWAYS happened in the timeline. Think back to DT — the Master’s constant drum-beat in his head ultimately ended up being Gallifrey trying to communicate with him. Then the Time Lords show up and try to kill The Doctor, killing The Master instead. So clearly, they’re not dead.

    In my opinion, they did it perfectly…. there were three Doctors in the episode, each one from a different point in time (during and after the Moment was used). As the War Doctor stated, because he was the earliest version of the Doctor at that time, he was most likely never going to remember what he did – then he got into his TARDIS, left, and immediately became CE. In CE’s mind, and every mind after that, The War Doctor had taken the moment to end the Time War, and was going to use it, and if he did he would destroy Gallifrey and all the inhabitants thereof. So it does make sense, and it’s not really one of those “let’s just change it for changing it” sake.

    The War Doctor broke into the armaments, and took the Moment to use. He then sat in a shack talking to the Moment who mentioned the Bad Wolf and said she took the form of someone who meant something to him in the future. He was ready to push the button, but she opened a worm-hole to show him what would happen to him if he really did it.

    DT’s Doctor was sort of dragged into the situation by a fez, as was MS’s Doctor. DT was surprised and confused at the random appearance of a wormhole that spit out a fez; MS acted as though he kind of remembered it, but not quite. Then the three of them went together to take the blame equally to use the Moment, but ultimately put the TimeLock on Gallifrey and have the Dalek’s destroy themselves. In order to accomplish this, they required every version of the Doctor to pull the planet out of it’s position. They succeeded.

    The War Doctor would never be able to remember what he did to save the day, because his memory goes as far as getting the Moment and knowing that he had to push the button. Once the wormhole was introduced his memory would not be able to recall what had happened because future versions of himself were there. Same for DT’s Doctor — he would never remember it happened either because it was during MS’s Doctor that it happened.

    Therefore CE was a brooding sort because in his memory (which carried over from the War Doctor), he used the moment and destroyed all of the Time Lords (and Gallifrey was gone as proof of this theory). So he was moody and hard around the edges. DT would also remember being the War Doctor and using the moment, as would MS. Which explains how they were all distraught after they effectively committed genocide of their own people. When the wormhole opens, MS remembers it, a little, but he does not realize that he actually saved Gallifrey until once it was completed, because it happened in his timeline. But he would still have undercurrents of misery because of it because he knew that if Clara didn’t stop them, all three Doctors WOULD have pushed the button. The only one would wouldn’t be carrying that burden would be PC because his role was simply to help pull the planet out of it’s orbit. He would also remember all that came before.

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    1. I actually wrote this post almost 2 years ago, not long after DOTD aired, but my opinions on it haven’t really changed since. I thought DOTD was a fantastic special, a wonderful celebration for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary; I just resent what the writers did in overwriting the whole Last of the Time Lords mythology that was such a compelling and interesting element of modern Doctor Who and the modern Doctor.

      I suppose I agree that Gallifrey and the Time Lords had to be brought back at some point. The Daleks were brought back from the dead, after all, which rather nullified the Doctor’s actions (or lack thereof) in the Time War, so the Time Lords had to come back some time. But their return could have been executed better. There could have been so much potential in a running theme of conflict or enmity between the Doctor and the returned Time Lords, who can’t forgive what the Doctor did (or was going to do) to them, perhaps leading up to the Doctor’s cathartic redemption in their eyes when he saves Gallifrey from destruction. I don’t know.

      Just one thing, though, the events of The End of Time actually happened at the same time as the events of The Day of the Doctor. There’s a reference in EOT to the Doctor having stolen the Moment — which was why the Time Lords tried to escape the Time War through the Master. The Doctor has neither saved nor destroyed Gallifrey yet when the events of EOT are happening.

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