Matt Smith: “It’s like Laurel and Laurel. It’s like Hardy didn’t turn up!”
That was amazing. You know why it was amazing?
Because the Doctor can go home, now. That’s the big birthday gift Steven Moffat has given to the Doctor and to us: an end to the great regret, an end to the darkness that was driving the Doctor, the darkness that drove Eleven to breaking point. It was either this or give up. And that’s not something the Doctor does. The Day of the Doctor reminded us — and himself — of just that. After centuries of mourning, the Doctor can feel hope again, can move out of the shadows, into the light. An arc that began in 2005, with the Doctor coming to face the things he has done, slowly but steadily breaking apart his own soul, has come to an end.
“You know the sound the TARDIS makes? That wheezing, groaning? That sound brings hope where ever it goes. To anyone who hears it, Doctor. Anyone. However lost. Even you.”
Watch as Arcadia, the safest place on Gallifrey, falls when the Daleks get through the sky trenches.
In this clip, Mark Gatiss and the actors involved with the making of the show back then and now take us behind the scenes of the anniversary docudrama about the genesis of Doctor Who.
Behind the scenes, Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Billie Piper, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat talk a teensy bit about the 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor.
What a corker! There we are, getting to actually see Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor again — once more onto the breach!
The Last Great Time War has been raging for so long that the entire Universe has been affected, and much of it destroyed. The Eighth Doctor has been staying away, keeping out of it, wanting no part of the bloodshed. But he must — for he’s the only one who can end it. This confirms what this Anniversary Special will be about: the big mystery, the one that was only touched upon in The End of Time, explained enough but never quite. Introducing John Hurt as “the War Doctor” also means that the count will remain the same. He’s an anomaly, a triggered regeneration brought on by the Sisters who guard the flame of eternal life. They granted the Doctor a boon, something to make it through before regularly regenerating into Nine (Christopher Eccleston). We see a young John Hurt in the reflection, confirming his status as an anomaly, a Doctor that will age before regenerating.
As with every long-standing mystery, there is trepidation when writers undertake the resolution of those mysteries, and I know that the fandom is embroiled in debate about this as we speak. Personally, I like this. I love that we got to see Paul McGann reprise his role, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the three Doctors, 8.5, Ten and Eleven, make this terrible decision together that will finally end the Time War. Eight chose to be a warrior for this, because that’s what he never wanted to be, but has to become if he wants to get through this and save the Universe. It also explains just how much of that is going to linger in Nine when he first meets Rose. Ten said it, he was born from blood, anger, and revenge — and this is how it starts.
The RadioTimes has published new information on the prequel to the anniversary episode, The Night of the Doctor, which will be accessible via the BBC Red Button feature before Saturday the 23rd.
Details are scarce but we’re told it will feature one of the three incarnations of the Time Lord – Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt – set to star in the feature-length special. But which one?
See the full RadioTimes article for the exact dates and times.
Just before Atlantis tonight, BBC One has premiered an extended trailer for the 50th Anniversary Special. Now with more John Hurt, more Doctors squabbling, comparing Screwdrivers, and synchronised sulking. Also, a rather magnificent shot of three Doctors striding determinedly to their doom side by side.
Follow the link to read interviews with Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman, and Joanna Page!
The BBC have popped out an early release of one of the two trailers announced for this weekend, and, oh, it’s marvellous!
The Moment is coming.
Rose is showing definite signs of the Wolf about her, it looks as though Clara has nicked Captain Jack’s Vortex Manipulator, and I’ve capitalised the Moment because, if you recall The End of Time, the Time Lords were going on about the Doctor running around on Gallifrey in possession of something they called ‘the Moment,’ set to bring an end to the Last Great Time War. That’s how they solved the Paul McGann/Christopher Eccleston dilemma, then — neither of them gets to end it, there was regeneration in between. The one of the Doctor’s lives that he’s trying so hard to forget.
Thanks to Inkie, who kept her eyes peeled, I found out that I can watch the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who, in 3D, at my favourite cinema one town over! In Germany! For a fan deprived, this is a bit magnificent, I can tell you.
The BBC are compiling links to venues and notes about TV networks that have picked up the streaming rights for fans all over the world.