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Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013)

Rating : 8.3
Studio :
Crew : Nick Hurran / Peter Davison /
Cast : Matt Smith David Tennant Christopher Eccleston John Hurt Paul McGann
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In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor's own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

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Reviews

Paul Evans
2015/09/17

They've got their work cut out to top this on it's next big anniversary!---The Doctor and Clara are carried of in the TARDIS to the Tower of London, UNIT's headquarters, where Kate Lethbridge Stewart lays in wait. The Doctor is shown a painting left by Queen Elizabeth 1st, 'Gallifrey falls,' showing the last days of Gallifrean City 'Arcadia,' On Gallifrey we see the devastating effects of the Time War, and how the War Doctor sets off the end the war, using a forbidden weapon. Fortunately the weapon has a conscience, in the guise of Rose Tyler it challenges him. The Doctor has more then just the time war to deal with, as the Zygons have also infiltrated UNIT. The Doctors seek to change their own time line, and look to sorting the Time war one and for all.The story of the Time War has run for many years, how fitting for the fiftieth that it gets explained. A clever concept, hopefully one that's over now. The childlike elements of both Smith and Tennant contrast really well with the bleakness and soured maturity of the War Doctor. The interplay between the two of them is just glorious. Both also work extremely well with John Hurt too, must have been daunting he is literally a living legend.It really pleased me that Billie was brought back, love or hate Rose, she played a hugely important role in helping the show get back on track. It's wonderful seeing her.In all honesty my favourite part was the appearance of Tom, it literally had me in tears with a lump in my throat, what better possible celebration to the show then to have the longest running Doctor appearing. He's just magic.The updated Zygons are amazing, among the most successful monster returns, they just look amazing, and the effect of them transforming into human copies fantastic. Talk about a long overdue return.10/10 so many elements make up a truly wonderful special, like an updated Five Doctors. Utterly wonderful.

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JoeB131
2015/08/22

The 50th Anniversary special---Doctor Who has done some truly terrible anniversary specials. "Dimensions in Time" comes to mind to celebrate the series 30th anniversary four years after it was canceled. I wasn't a fan of "The Five Doctors" (which could have been titled, "Three Doctors, a Fake and some stock footage, but never mind") either.The plot is that the Eleventh Doctor is contacted by UNIT to investigate a message left by Queen Elizabeth I, only to encounter a rupture in time that not only unites him with the Tenth Doctor but the mysterious War Doctor on the day he ended the Time War. An adventure involving the Zygons and the Daleks ensues. The best part of this movie/episode is the interplay between Matt Smith and David Tennent, reminiscent of the banter between Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton on previous anniversary specials. Also shining in this episode is Jenna Coleman as Clara. Clara is frequently annoying as a companion, but here she hits all the right notes.Finally, there is John Hurt as the War Doctor. (Cast because Christopher Ecceleston,the Ninth Doctor, didn't want to participate) I think the introduction of his character was pretty good, as I couldn't imagine either Paul McGann or Ecceleston being the ones to have ended the Time War. Overall, a great romp for all Doctor Who fans.

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gridoon2018
2015/05/08

Massive---"The Day of the Doctor" is the ideal 50th anniversary special: it simultaneously celebrates the past of the series, while opening new roads for the future. Writer Steven Moffat and director Nick Hurran cover all the bases: this episode is funny ("We're confusing the polarity!"), dark, brain-twisting, and epic. The concept of the "paintings" which are really three-dimensional snapshots of reality frozen in time in which it possible to enter (and exit) is brilliant. The team of the three Doctors is extremely entertaining, while Billie Piper, returning as The Moment (a weapon so powerful it has a conscience of its own), gives what is probably her finest performance since the season 2 finale, "Doomsday". Although the episode is fairly accessible to casual fans, series devotees will undeniably get more out of it - call it a reward for their devotion. ***1/2 out of 4.

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Scarecrow-88
2015/01/02

Doctor Who - The Day of the Doctor---I have to say after watching The Day of the Doctor, that I consider myself quite a rich fan of the long-time show. To have Steven Moffat as show runner and his magnificently brilliant staff putting together these complex, intricately plotted episodes, it is a delight to be alive to see it. I just wish my Uncle Bonnie would have persevered cancer to see where Doctor Who was going. The respect and admiration for the characters (actors who portrayed the Doctor and his adversaries) is presented in such an appreciative fashion, and to know this makes me proud of those carrying on the legacy first introduced in the 60s. For a little while the show was gone but never forgotten (the 90s is the dark decade for Who fans and I feel deep regret my uncle had to go so long without the show to enjoy) and now we, as Who fans, benefit and reap the rewards as viewers during this era.I guess the best way to describe The Day of the Doctor is precious. It brings two beloved actors portraying the Doctor in during one of its greatest eras on television—Matt Smith and David Tennant—and a screen legend, John Hurt, as "the doctor who made a devastating decision that destroyed his own people and their fierce rivals, the Daleks". Hurt's "War Doctor" has been "buried away" as the shameful time lord future Doctors wish they could completely forget. This episode shows Hurt dealing with the option to destroy Gallifrey with a doomsday device, but it has a "conscience" and appears in the lovely form of Billie Piper (she remains a personal fave of mine from her days with Eccleston in the early 2000s). Piper's Rose is actually "Big Bad Wolf", and she attempts throughout the episode to talk Hurt's Doctor out of using it to wipe out Gallifrey.In a top secret location in the heart of London known as the Undergallery, a specific painting shows the supposed fall of Gallifrey during the Time War. Zygons, ugly slug like creatures with suctions that shapeshift into human form through the use of the hosts they imitate, existed back at the time of Elizabeth I, and her association with Tennant's Doctor (they marry!) allows us to see how the creatures plan to use paintings as a method of travel, awaiting a significant change in the world from the primitive time they were currently existing. So they were to "invade the future from the past", waiting for the world's advancement before conquering it! Prior to the decision on whether or not to condemn the innocent aliens on Gallifrey, the three Doctors have a chance to rescue modern day London, circa 2013, from annihilation. To halt the plans of the Zygons to conquer London, members of an elite alien task force led by the daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart will perhaps allow the city to be detonated by a nuclear weapon. So the Doctors will need to talk her out of something truly terrible that would be a mistake. This intentionally parallels the ongoing struggle within Hurt's War Doctor.This episode neatly gives us Who fans an opportunity to see the Time War, two awesome Doctor Who actors (and a third to be added to the acting cannon to attain Hurt further recognition in his career) together to share some truly marvelous screen time (their banter is lively, clever, witty, and quite funny), and a delightful cameo by Tom Baker—a Who fan favorite from the 70s—as a museum curator. Baker and Smith together is certain to be a lasting moment in Who lore forever. Tennant just slides the Doctor Who role back like comfortable loafers, and his return is a welcome one. Hurt's old timer constantly bewildered at his future selves is a treat, particularly his remarks about the sonic screwdriver, kissing, and Smith's use of his hands when talking. Oh, and the Fez is always a fun sight gag for Smith's particular Doctor. How it is used for the "time fissure (a tear in the fabric of time), which is able to open a gateway that brings three Doctors (Time Lords) together" is ingenious. The Day of the Doctor is a necessity, in my opinion, if you are a Doctor Who nut like many of us sci-fi fans, both young and old. It is a treasure. I'm tickled it was so successful and so universally seen across the world. The series' value brings a warm feeling to my heart. The nice mention of the "round things, always loved the round things" in regards to the design of the older inside of the decor of the Tardis was awesome. The final scene with all the Doctors is wonderful, an awe-inspiring, loving homage to the series.

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Dr Moo
2014/12/15

The Elephant Man Makes One Heck Of A Good Doctor.---Before watching this, think back to the end of series 7: "Introducing John Hurt As The Doctor" reads the caption. The War Doctor was by far the greatest character reveal in TV history. The Eleventh Doctor has kept him hidden for fighting in the time war and it turns out that The War Doctor fits in between Eight and Nine as an unnumbered incarnation of our favourite time-traveller. He's the main character this time round.This special is really all about him. This is a character study of the Not-Last Timelord exploring how the actions of The War Doctor have had knock-on effects on his successors Ten and Eleven. Tennant and Smith make a great pair as their more excitable versions of the character bounce off each other, Clara, UNIT, Queen Elizabeth I, Zygons and of course The War Doctor. Jenna Coleman is also fantastic, proving herself as a serious actress rather than just eye-candy (but face it, she's excellent at that too), with Jemma Redgrave making a nice return as Kate Stewart: It's easy to believe she is truly the Brigadier's daughter. Bille Piper is back too which I wasn't especially pleased to hear (Rose Tyler is an annoying spoilt brat) but she is terrific as The Moment, though criminally underused here. She always had excellent chemistry with Tennant but the two don't interact here even once! Still, that's only a minor issue and one we'll permit this once since she works really well with Hurt instead.Wonderful though the cast all are, it comes as no surprise that the most experienced star steals every scene he's in. John Hurt is perfectly cast in this as the man torn by the ultimate dilemma. He's not a world famous actor for nothing and they don't just give anyone a CBE! He has excellent ability as an actor and uses his skill to its full potential at every opportunity.This is filled with several references to classic Who as well. Every Doctor gets a look-in during the final moments of the Time War (via archive footage) and images of most companions are seen in the Black Archive. Quotes are used to great effect (We're both reversing the polarity!) and we finally get to see some of the implied relationship between Doctor Ten and Liz One when two of his other selves attend his wedding: For those keeping count this is the second, chronologically, of his four known weddings (Susan's Grandmother, Marilyn Monroe and River Song being the others).There's not a great deal I can say without spoiling the episode due to the large number of plot twists this is filled with. In short, the biggest highlights have to be the two cameo appearances of some new Doctors. Twelve briefly gets seen but more exciting is the final scene: Tom Baker as The Curator. He's still as great at Dr Who as he ever was and this episode is made all the more special because he's in it. He'll probably never be in Dr Who again (except via archive footage perhaps) but it's exciting to see him return.This is THE way to celebrate TV milestones. A TV Event like this will not be forgotten for a long time. Unlike the awful 30th & 40th anniversary specials, this is truly wonderful. 10/10

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Joachim Vanoirbeck
2014/10/27

Probably the best Doctor Who special I've ever seen !---For its 50th anniversary special, Doctor Who and its show runner Steven Moffat (Sherlock ; Doctor Who) took a brand new turn in the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff ! Starring Matt Smith (the 11th doctor), David Tennant (the 10th doctor ; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), John Hurt (Alien ; Harry Potter), Jenna Coleman (11th doctor's companion) and Billie Piper (9th and 10th doctors' companion). This new 75 minutes installment of the series is one we'll hear about for a long time. The story starts, as it does by an emergency call. Matt Smith's doctor, newly reunited with Clara, his companion is contacted by the United Nations Intelligence Task-force (UNIT)'s director Kate Stewart. She demand him to join her as soon as possible in London's National Gallery to deal with instructions left by her majesty the Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England who apparently was married to the 10th doctor... During many flashbacks between the time when the doctor wasn't the doctor and unseen 10th doctor's adventure we travel across the time to go back to one incredibly important event : the destruction of Gallifrey. So, one question remains "No more" or "Gallifrey falls" ? This special will bring you to tears, you will laugh, you will praise Moffat and more than ever you will doubt everything in the Doctor Who canon !

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Steven Sadler
2014/09/14

Best Midlife Crisis!---First off, yes this does contain spoilers! Second of all...let me just geek out for a little bit! WOW! The way this episode starts pulls you in just by the simple vintage Doctor Who intro. From there we are shown The Doctor and Clara in the TARDIS being swooped up and then being face to face with that "painting" shortly after with the glass broken on the outside. Then we are shown The War Doctor and his decision to destroy the Daleks and the Time Lords...coming face to face with the interface of "Rose Tyler" which was a nice surprise. Jon Hurt plays the War Doctor perfectly...they couldn't have picked a better person to play him. Finally, to my favorite Doctor, David Tennant whom obviously rides out of his TARDIS on horseback yelling "ALLONS-Y!" The moment that Matt Smith and David Tennant meet up it's pure gold. When they compare their sonic screwdrivers I couldn't help but chuckle. They were like two brothers as they figured out who they were. Always finishing each other's sentences or giving each other a hard time. Then Jon Hurt shows up thinking they're his companions and realizing they're his future selves saying "Am I having a mid life crisis?!" From here they get captured and are put together in a cell and all come to terms of what happened. Tempers flair but they get it out of their systems and work together to get out. Throughout this, however, War Doctor is still deciding whether to push that button still to destroy the Time lords and the daleks. Obviously they end up saving the earth but War Doctor still has that button to press and that huge decision to make. He departs but is followed by Tennant and Smith who vow to help him push the button together. Clara objects saying that there has to be another way. And at the same time they all get the same idea. This is where pure awesomeness takes place. To save Gallifrey all the time lords freeze it in it's own pocket of time. But in order to do that...all the doctors have to meet up at the exact same time...all 13! All TARDIS' swoop in and freeze Gallifrey in it's own pocket universe or whatever (Time Lord Technology stuff). The Doctors meet up in front of the painting again and say their goodbyes...and the War Doctor admits he's happy to become them in the future. David Tennant leaves on his line "I don't wanna go." With Smith replying "he always says that." Clara heads to the TARDIS and Smith stays back to examine the painting and is interrupted by the caretaker of the place who is non other than Tom Baker. He gives him information about the painting and the true translation that "Gallifrey Stands." Just the cherry on top having Tom Baker in at the last minute like that.What an amazing film. Yes, let's just call it what it is. A film. It was funny at the right times and completely serious as well. The chemistry between the 3 doctors was amazing. I still watch this episode here and there just for the banter!

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Anna Heidick
2014/08/14

Happy Fiftieth Anniversary Doctor Who---Don't worry. Spoiler free. Just spreading the praise of this great episode.This is my new favorite Doctor Who episode. It was awesome! It has multiple Doctors. Including the return of the amazing David Tennant! Along with all the old quotes and nice references. It was great! Terrific scrip and dialog. The story was packed with humor which is what I enjoyed most from it. There was also the nice "timey whimey" fun stuff. This episode was an amazing way to do their fiftieth anniversary. What more could we want from this celebration episode? It was just pure humor and science fiction entertainment.

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mulreay
2014/08/02

Where to even begin?---As a 35yr old Englishman Doctor who is not something you just had to grow up with it's ingrained in British television culture. I would struggle to believe someone from Britain that stated they have never heard of Doctor who. The 50th anniversary episode was a chance to cement Doctor who as not only a great concept and show but as a worldwide phenomenon. They could have messed this up completely, did they? Not even slightly.The story arc was not only intelligent but it had the wonderful effect of answering questions that needed answering without you realising that is what they were doing. The comedy was faultless without being cheesy, the multiple doctors was a wonder for the true Doctor who fans, the effects were outstanding for a BBC TV show budget and the writing was sublime. The only regret I have about this episode is that I didn't have the foresight to book a theater ticket to watch it in 3d whilst it aired live around the world.A quote from Craig Glenday from Guinness World Records "Who else but the time-twisting Doctor could appear in 94 countries at once?! This outstanding achievement is testament to the fact that the longest running sci-fi TV show in history is not just a well-loved UK institution but a truly global success adored by millions of people."Is this the best ever episode of Doctor who? Probably. Will you smile after watching it? Definitely. Well done BBC and Moffat you have outdone yourselves with this masterpiece.

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Josh Iyer
2014/01/20

The best day - 23 November 2013---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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