I realize I'm VERY LATE in doing a review for this amazing film/episode. I'm not even currently obsessed with Doctor Who; I just really want to get a review out, and I never did.
I did see it on 23 November 2013, at home, twice, on my couch, once alone and once with some of my family. In December, a little after Christmas, when I WAS obsessed with the show, I saw it again. Hands down, this was one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever. Our main characters, the Eleventh Doctor and Clara, starting from the beginning, were very well as always, the Tenth Doctor's return a really exciting thing for me (cos he's my favorite Doctor, and I couldn't wait to see him make a return), and the War Doctor's mystery solved was always great. It was also fantastic how Moffat sort of stepped on Davis's toes when he began to envision the Time War in a different way - although, Moffat probably had to re-watch all of those episodes where the Doctor talked about the War to understand things. On television, right after 'The Day of the Doctor', they played 'The End of Time', which was Tennant's last couple of regular episodes, which was perfect because they were also Davis's last chances to write about this Time War.
The Daleks, though not the main enemy, were epic as always, especially in that first scene with the War Doctor. The Zygons were really cool, although not the main part of the story. For this story was about the Doctor, and celebrating 50 years of an amazing BBC show. So naturally, there were cameos to every other Doctor - and even every other companion in pictures on a wall that Clara and Zygon Kate walk through at one point in the episode. Moffat even added a little reference to Captain Jack's vortex manipulator that Clara uses to escape the Zygons before they eat her. There were some subtle references to Ian and Barbara at the school at the beginning, and of course, that awesome 1963 opening. I imagine it was awesome to see in 3D in the theatre. There was also the scarf from the Fourth Doctor's era. Overall, it was just incredible, with so much packed into 72 minutes. It should have been longer, but they did what they could, and used their budget very well - the special effects were amazing, and you could clearly tell it was supposed to be cinematic. It felt like a movie.
The moment I was really waiting for as I sat down to watch the episode was when the Tenth Doctor would first appear on-screen, and it was great. Queen Elizabeth! Outside by a forest! Picnicking with the Doctor! The Doctor mentioned he'd married her in various episodes, but it was a small plot-hole Moffat cleverly fixed. But the Tennant's 2013 return since 2010 was absolutely hilarious, and it was great fun as the episode continued to see the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors squabble with each other. There were times when things got a little dark, but overall their atmosphere was kept light. The War Doctor was just exasperated at the pair of them, which was great.
There were also a fair share of darker moments with references to the Time War. Rose's role was not at all what anybody was expecting - she was just the conscience of the Moment, although there was a small reference to Bad Wolf, which was the Series 1 story arc. However, we've kind of already seen past companions interact with future ones (i.e. Martha and Donna in Series 4, and I guess Rose too). So I guess it all worked out in the end. These darker moments, however, were what gave the episode atmosphere, and coupled with the lighter moments, it was just right. The best moment overall for me was when the multiple Doctors flew their TARDISes to stop the Time War, and seeing Gallifrey white out in a huge explosion was just epic. And then the four of them had coffees as the time streams resolved themselves and things went back to normal. Just before Tom Baker's shocking appearance... :)
One thing I really want to talk about is the music. I really loved how Gold brought back Series 1 music ("The Slitheen") when the TARDIS was snatched by UNIT and taken off on the helicopter. Also, the Dalek music from Series 4 ("The Dark and Endless Dalek Night") was perfect for the Time War. I'm sure there was plenty of other re-used music, and some new stuff, but overall, the music was amazing and fit the episode well.
I'm really glad I got to be a part of this, watching it on the actual day, and celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who. All morning leading up to it I was watching lots of interviews and even the BBC Proms orchestra concerts from this year's YouTube clips of Doctor Who, so it was great. Doctor Who's "Day of the Doctor" is certainly right up there with every other film I've seen, and definitely deserves a review on my page. It's a film that will always be close to my heart for ever, no matter what.
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