After 50 years, and six months of waiting from the last episode. Were here the big episode! The golden anniversary. Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special.
Saturday 23rd November 2013. 50 years to the day since the first ever Doctor Who was shown on British television. Now for the episode itself. What can you say? That was a brilliant, epic and down right awesome episode! The story was brilliantly written and the direction by Nick Hurran was beautiful. The direction made use of the 3D aspect, and was beautiful to watch on the big screen.
This was an anniversary special the series deserved and needed. Matt, Jenna, David, John and Billie were all on top form and fitted back into their roles seamlessly. The banter between Matt and David’s doctors’ is brilliant to watch. They both bounce of each other and feed from each other enthusiam. John Hurts Doctor on the other hand, is a totally serious man and looks at his future selfs as kids. Telling them off and pointing out there useless efforts. Loved the scene in the forest were they all together, such a playful interaction between them all. We finally get the Hurt to Eccleston regeneration, although briefly. Now we can check off all our regenerations list!
As you would expect from a Steven Moffat script, the story line is not linear. There chunks of brilliantly imaginative idea, as usual. For example the paintings with worlds in! (Bigger on the inside!) And he doesn’t stop there, first they’re introduced, then it turns out they’re part of the Zygon’s plan and then, the Doctor uses it as part of his. This sort of skillful writing is the foundation of every modern twisty Doctor Who story. And it’s not even the main event.
The Zygons were also great in this story. Although, I had wished they had a nice shot of the design more. The shapeshifting was used to good effect here and gave some quite chilling scenes, and some funny moments. In turn the Zygons arent destroyed at the end of the episode. Instead, they are forced into a treaty with the humans after their memories were wiped. A clever idea! The Daleks were also in this episode but they were a secondary villain and had little to do. But the battle scenes and the effects used in their scenes were incredible. The battle of Arcadia was awesome. Genuine movie quality effects for this part, and this looked really good in 3D on the big screen!
Some of the best multi-Doctor action, is putting our three Doctors, one new, two favourites, and watching the sparks fly. The part at the end when they all come together to save Gallifrey is awesome! All twelve, no thirteen! Peter Capaldi briefly seen on screen. This was totally unexpected and a nice nod to the future not just the past.
Then if that wasn’t enough, Tom Baker makes a surprise appearance! 30 years later Tom Baker has returned to the show and made his debut appearance in a multi Doctor story! Another fitting tribute to the show.
It might have a few fan references to the early years (like the opening minute) but this is a show that defies expectation, never takes itself too seriously, and shaping the future to come. It’s a great mission statement from Moffat, let’s not just bring back old faces and enemies, but actually change the show, slightly but excitingly. A second reboot? The show has now gone back to how the classic series was. Now there is scope for the Master, Rani etc to return and the Doctor to have a home again. Moffat lived up to his promise of moving into a new direction and I salute him for that.
This was a brilliant episode and a fitting tribute to the greatest show ever. 50 years old and still going strong!
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