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Doctor Who Story 240 – The Day of the Doctor

“The Day of the Doctor” is the 50th anniversary special, but it was preceded and succeeded by many many other pieces that were airing throughout that year. This post will cover them all.

I’m going to add to this, that this 50th anniversary was what inspired me to watch every episode of Doctor Who. It took a long time to get this point. Almost 10 years. I’m proud of myself, good job Adam!

The Doctors Revisited: The First Doctor

“As a kid I found the Doctor terrifying,” said Neil Gaiman. Yeah, he was a complete asshole.

Oh nice, they got Ian to be interviewed.

The ladies are so overcome by emotion. Oh Barbara.

So they’re about to show “the Aztecs.” Good story.

The Doctors Revisited: The Second Doctor

YAY! Patrick Troughton!

YAY! Zoe!

YAY! Jamie! I really do think those three are the best TARDIS crew, ever.

I really wish more Troughton episodes were found.

Zoe was badass!

They’re showing “The Tomb of the Cybermen.” Yay!

The Doctors Revisited: The Third Doctor

“Difficult, pompous and really bad tempered” which probably why I never liked Pertwee.

The Doctors Revisited: The Fourth Doctor

“Tom Baker was the coolest thing of the 1970.” Umm…

“She was from a tribe of savages.” Yikes, David Tennant.

The Doctors Revisited: The Fifth Doctor

That’s nice that Peter Davison grew up watching Doctor Who. Hartnell and Troughton were his Doctors. A nice mirror to his son-in-law.

Davison had way too many companions.

“Earthshock” is the episode they’re showing.

The Doctors Revisited: The Sixth Doctor

Colin Baker seems to have a good outlook on how hated his Doctor was.

Compassion? Also, Peri not leaving after the Doctor tries to kill her still pisses me off.

Stop showing the same clip over and over again.

The Doctors Revisited: The Seventh Doctor

I liked McCoy’s silliness.

Oh god, his rolling Rs.

The Doctors Revisited: The Eighth Doctor

It was quite violent, because it was set in San Francisco.

Sylvester McCoy on the death of the 7th Doctor.

It’s nice that Grace is in this documentary.

It’s a shame Paul McGann wasn’t interviewed for this.

It’s just retelling the plot of this one episode, they should have done a focus on Big Finish stuff.

The Doctors Revisited: The Ninth Doctor

Eccelston was fun.

She has a nice job, in a nice shop, with a nice boyfriend.

Someone about Rose…

She did not have a nice job. It wasn’t a nice shop. Mickey is not a nice boyfriend.

I can’t find the tenth and eleventh. I don’t really care, though.

The Night of the Doctor

Yay! It’s Paul McGann’s second episode!!!

McGann is so calm as the Doctor.

His Doctor could have been great. Except for the screaming of “GET OUT! GET OUT!”

And now he’s John Hurt.

The Last Day

The last prequel was an event! We got to see McGann again, and see his regeneration into John Hurt. This one is boring. It also feels like a shitty video game.

An Adventure in Space and Time

Before I start watching, I want to state how much I hate how they portrayed Sydney Newman. Newman is a Torontonian. He speaks with a Toronto accent, like me. Here’s him talking.

And now here’s him with this weird New York accent…

Okay, on with the show.

David Bradley was a good choice to play William Hartnell.

The Cyberman costume looks so great and dinky in HD.

You know me! Pop! Pop! Pop!

Says the soft-spoken Canadian.

Oh, Varity is Jewish. Jews and Canadian, just what all good television needs.

Hahaha, his hands holding his lapel while giving a very Hartnell look.

I love the ladies’ hair.

I also love the teal on the Daleks.

Nice tie in with David Tennant there, “I don’t want to go.”

That Beatle wig is terrible on the fake Patrick Troughton.

The guy they got to play Matt Smith looks a lot like Matt Smith, though.

The short documentary after is quite sweet.

The Day of the Doctor

Yay! Original opening!

Why is Clara working as a teacher? She has no certifications. I’m sure that the Doctor arranged something through the headmaster Ian, but is that enough?

Can you snap with gloves?

Close the TARDIS door, Doctor!

The plot was moving so fast, then the Moment/Rose showed up.

That’s a bad painting of David Tennant.

I like David Tennant.

John Hurt’s smile seeing the Doctors doctoring is great.

Also, why is Kate Stewart stopping the countdown? She’s willing to die to save humanity, she has the Zygons there. She should just go ahead with it.

John Hurt is so good in this role.

David Tennant and Matt Smith should be in every episode of Doctor Who together.

CAPALDI!

John Hurt would have been a great Doctor.

Why are you playing Clara’s theme?

I love that they brought Tom Baker back. Also, I can’t believe they kept that quiet. Tom Baker is so good.

So many Doctors.

The Afterparty

That’s a shit-load of companions, and I love that Carole Ann Ford is willing to admit that she thinks the new Doctor Who is nothing like her show.

Eww, don’t get married on the Doctor Who anniversary.

Renewing your vows on your two year anniversary? That’s a bit short of a span.

She shouldn’t be calling people by their character names.

Colin Baker is wearing crocs.

Oh! Wilf came to Doc 7’s rescue, so he could play the spoons.

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

Olivia Colman!

The kid hiding behind the sofa.

Georgia is very pregnant.

I love Paul McGann in this.

The Tom Baker joke is brilliant.

Also, Peter Davison’s kids are way too young.

Georgia has too many children.

You lean on it, nothing happens. Doesn’t wobble at all.

Peter Davison about the then-current TARDIS set.

Hey, that was Frank Skinner. I know him from Taskmaster now.

The Day of the Doctor: Behind the Lens

Well that’s nice that Colin Baker gets to narrate this.

Nice that Osgood is actually a fan.

Doctor Who Story 166 – Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

Bad Wolf

We’re only on the first season and we’ve already gone back to the Slitheen, Cardiff, and now Satellite 5.

The sound mix is terrible. I can’t hear the dialogue over the music. Big Brother seems terrible. Weakest Link is much better.

Captain Jack’s reality show is much better.

The boss from Peep Show is in this.

Tee hee, it was in his butt.

The Human race sitting on their butts not leaving home because it’s not safe sound familiar.

The Face of Boe gets a nod again.

I feel like it’s been a while in Doctor Who since we’ve seen transmats.

EXTERMINATE!

Confidential

There’s a dude in the Anne Droid costume!

Oh that’s happy! I didn’t know that Nicola Bryant and Peter Davison recorded their Big Finish stuff together. That’s really nice.

The Parting of the Ways

Aww, the Doctor saved Rose. Also, their relationship is creepy.

A nice bit of Time War info.

“DO NOT BLASPHEME!”

Aww, the Doctor is returning Rose to Earth and saying goodbye.

Okay, so the TARDIS makes a sound when it lands. Mickey comes running. You’d think that if the TARDIS was that loud that he can hear it from his house, then wouldn’t the TARDIS get swarmed by companions? Where’s Ace?

The whole “Bad Wolf” thing is terrible.

The death by Dalek is a terrible special effect, but somehow it’s weirdly creepy still.

The Anne Droid killing Daleks is wonderful!

The romance subplot between Rose and the Doctor is really inappropriate.

Oh, Rose killed all Daleks in existence. I guess we will never see them again.

The deus ex machina ending is so cheesy, and the Doctor kissing Rose to pull out the energy of the time vortex is VERY cheesy. BUT! It was a fun run with Eccleston. I really liked him in the role of the Doctor. But then David Tennant came and they’re off to Barcelona.

The Children In Need Special

So this bridges the gap between them heading to Barcelona and them crashing on Earth for the Christmas Invasion.

It’s not great, it is not needed, but it’s nice they did a little charity special.

Confidential

Russell T. Davies just said the Eccleston is excited that he was the one who pressed the button that wiped out the Doctor, but if that was the case, he should have come back for the reunion. Instead we had John Hurt.

Doctor Who Story 165 – Boom Town

Episode

Who at Doctor Who central, thought the Slitheen were so go they needed a follow up?

Why is the farting a thing?

The chase scene with the teleport is comic gold.

Jack is so excited about everything and it’s really nice.

Rose has bad taste in men.

Russell T. Davies’ era is so kinky.

This is surprisingly a fun episode.

Good on Mickey for going out with Tricia. Bad on Rose for saying mean things about her because she’s “a bit thick.”

Mickey, you’re right. It’s always going to be the Doctor. There’s no reason to scream at Rose, just realize that it’s over and move on. Rose should be open about it and just break up with him, rather than dragging him to Cardiff and dragging out this relationship.

Well, there’s some setup for the finale.

Rose saying Mickey deserves better is both true and sad, he does deserve better, but he’s also shit.

Confidential

It seems the Doctor Who writers think the Doctor is the one doing the killing.

What I’ve discovered is Confidential did a good job at introducing new viewers to classic Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Story 164 – The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

The Empty Child

No recap, that’s good.

She uses Spock like it’s a verb. Maybe say “pull out a tricorder” not “give me some Spock,” unless she wants to get some action with Leonard Nimoy. He was still alive in 2005, it’s okay.

The Doctor talking to a cat is great, and I wish her new companion would be a cat. Not a sentient cat. Just an actual cat.

The girl who plays the sister/mother of the “are you my mummy” boy looks like she’s famous. I can’t place her face, I looked her up, she’s Florence Hoath and she hasn’t acted since 2008 and I have not seen anything else with her.

Jack’s first line being “excellent bottom” is very appropriate.

Rose is terrible at being anything other than a horny teenager.

Confidential

They just used a clip of Colin Baker that they used in another episode.

The Doctor Dances

This story is the first one written by Steven Moffat, other than “Curse of Fatal Death,” which obviously doesn’t count.

Eccleston makes a good “mummy.”

This story still stands up. Moffat was a great Doctor Who writer when he wasn’t in charge.

This very thinly veiled discussion about alien sex is way too thinly veiled.

“Everybody lives, just this once, everybody lives.” I know that was meant to be celebratory, but it sounds like a threat.

“My leg grew back. When I came to hospital, I had one leg.” “Well, there’s a war on, did you perhaps miscount?” I like Doctor Who. This is a story that makes me like Doctor Who.

Okay, big mistake. The Doctor says he can dance, and Rose sheepishly says that perhaps Jack would like this dance. The Doctor replies, “I’m sure he would.” He starts dancing with Rose. He should have started dancing with Jack.

Confidential

Nothing to write.

Doctor Who Story 163 – Father’s Day

Episode

Not looking forward to this episode. It was really bad, and the Doctor taking Rose to see her dead father is a just irresponsible on many levels.

The Doctor doesn’t even blink at the thought of bringing Rose to her father’s death.

The Doctor is an idiot.

I forgot how bad the animation was in this episode.

Mickey clinging to Rose is cute.

The Doctor is giving her such a hard time but is not taking any responsibility at all. Which is very in character for the Doctor.

God, this episode makes no sense.

Confidential

The bullshit Billie Piper is shovelling right now about how great this episode is… sigh.

Doctor Who Story 162 – The Long Game

Episode

Rose and the Doctor teaming up impress Adam is fun, even though Adam sucks. He must be the only Adam to suck, because Adams are great.

The Face of Boe is pregnant, that’s lovely for Jack!

I forgot Simon Pegg was in this.

Why does he look so weird?

Apparently in 2019 the microprocessor became redundant. I wish that were the case.

Hey, it’s Fran from Black Books. Tamsin Greig is great.

Central heating is not plumbing, it’s HVAC!

Why is cooling a problem on a space station? Couldn’t they just vent out some of the heat, or pass the air through something that isn’t shielded outside to cool it down.

Confidential

Nothing to see here. Keep on moving!

Doctor Who Story 161 – Dalek

Episode

I can’t believe Adam is considered a companion and I have to list him in the tags.

It’s in 2012. The future… or so I thought. Damn, it’s now 2021. I’m old.

Guards show up and point guns at you, you say to your alien companion “someone’s collecting aliens, that makes you exhibit A.” What a stupid and dangerous thing to say. They don’t know he’s alien.

Metaltron is a terrible name.

I remember this episode being a huge deal.

The Dalek is so sad when he says, “I am alone in the universe.”

The guy says that the lock has a billion possible combinations. The Doctor replies that a Dalek can calculate a thousand billion combinations in a second flat. Okay so the American is probably saying a billion representing 1,000,000,000, aka, what us North Americans call a billion. The Doctor says, a thousand billion, which implies a thousand million is not a billion, so 1,000,000,000,000,000 combinations per second, or in North American a quadrillion. However, the entry key has 8 digits, and it’s not alphanumeric or hexadecimal, it’s decimal, which means 100,000,000 combinations. 100 million. So what the hell is the tech saying when he says it a billion combinations. Now not only does the Dalek not just force its way out of there, it uses the key pad. Which to me means it’s punching in 00000000 then 00000001, etc. However, he might be able to type 1,000,000,000,000,000 combinations per second, the computer, no matter how advanced of a computer he has in 2012 is going to be accept that many key presses that quickly.

So my guess is the combination is set to 00000000.

“It just absorbed the entire internet, it knows everything.”

U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney did not win the most medals amongst the Fab Five, but her ‘tude-filled face did help make her the most Internet famous. 

After a tumble on her signature event, Maroney had to settle for a silver medal in the vault competition. During the medal ceremony, a photographer snapped a shot that seemed to sum up the gymnast’s feelings about her second place finish. The scowl flipped its way across the web and got ‘Shopped to gold medal glory on the Tumblr McKayla Is Not Impressed and elsewhere. 

President Obama even got in on the unimpressed action recently, solidifying McKayla Is Not Impressed as the meme for 2012.
I Googled top meme of 2012.

It might not have legs to walk up the stairs, but it has a gun still.

I was going to ask what kind of idiot ignores tactical advice from someone who has fought a species, but then I remember that millions of people are ignoring advice to wear a mask from medical professionals.

Emo Dalek.

Confidential

They had a clip of one of Peter Cushing’s Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Story 160 – Aliens of London/World War Three

Aliens of London

Another “Previously on…” don’t really want that.

Rose should have had a chat with Tegan before she left so that she knew not to expect to be able to get back.

This is something that Doctor Who should have addressed a long time ago. The agony of Jackie needing to know where her daughter was for a whole year. I can’t imagine that trauma.

Hey it’s Tosh from Torchwood.

All fat people are farting bad guys.

Are these red barets supposed to be UNIT? UNIT wear blue barets, right?

A closeup of the pig was a bad idea.

I know this is a kids’ show, but the fucking farting.

Wow, the special effect of the aliens coming out of the human bodies is so much worse than I remembered.

Ahh, cliffhangers, remember those?

Confidential

Oh, they showed that shot of Zoe on top of the TARDIS console in that damned jumpsuit. #bum

Now I’m annoyed. Eccleston just said that he was annoyed that the man was the intellect and the woman was there to look good and scream and not be very bright. And they showed a shot of Zoe. Zoe might have screamed… and looked good, but she was super smart. When it was her, the Doctor and Jamie, it was Jamie who was the idiot. Zoe was often running circles around the Doctor. It was great. I miss Zoe and Jamie and the Doctor.

“Rose joins many feisty females who are often ahead of their time.” Mostly they showed clips of the stronger women in the Doctor’s life, but for some odd reason they included Mel. She was not a strong woman.

They’re talking about Ace now, and I think she’s the closest to Rose.

World War Three

The chase scenes through the corridors are excellently Scooby Doo.

“I need to be naked.” “Rejoice in it, your body is magnificent!” I feel ya, man.

Also, if 10 Downing Street’s security is that bad. Yikes! Though we learned how poorly prepared the US Capitol is for an insurrection recently.

The Slythene family reminds me of the Fords.

The Doctor is such an asshole to Mickey.

Gah, don’t call him “Mickey the idiot.”

The cell phones in this are amazing. Remember T9 texting?

Confidential

Not really paying attention, but they were talking about the special effects as if they were good.

I may have just been ignoring that as I photoshopped Bernie Sanders into my Facebook profile picture.

Doctor Who Story 159 – The Unquiet Dead

Episode

I am not looking forward to this one. I remember it being the worst of the first season.

It was a great decision on the crew of the 2005 show to do a teaser before the credits. It’s nice to get a tense moment with the theme music coming in on top of it.

That’s a flimsy coffin. I’d ask for my money back from Sneed.

“The stiffs are getting lively again!” is a great line.

I never loved Rose, but I do like her sense of wonder.

The ghostly vapours actually look better than one would expect.

Companions always getting themselves in trouble. The Doctor shouldn’t leave his companions alone.

Poor Gwen, afraid of herself.

The Doctor is an asshole.

The Gelfling should have just play acted longer that they were good. They were the architects of their own doom.

Confidential

This entire episode doesn’t seem to be about the episode of Doctor Who just about the TARDIS.

Doctor Who Story 158 – The End of the World

Episode

Oh, we get a “previously on.”

Eccleston’s hurt when Rose says, “you think you’re so impressive” is great.

Psychic paper makes its debut.

The Appearance of the Repeated Meme is really just an animated gif.

The giant jukebox being called an iPod is still a great joke.

Nice to have someone call out the Doctor on his lack of consent.

A suggestion to someone developing the operating system for an observation platform. If something is going to kill any living being, maybe make it require more than one button. Perhaps also have sensors to check if there’s an occupant.

There’s the first “bad wolf” mention.

Cassandra’s love of purity is not something I really want to watch, but at least Rose just had her best line, calling Cassandra a “bitchy trampoline.”

Jade was a great character and could have been a great companion.

For a man who doesn’t want to talk about who he is with Rose, he seems to get a kick out of being called a Time Lord.

The Doctor could have gone quicker and saved Jade.

“If you’re as clever as me, a teleportation field could be reversed.” He proceeds to rotate the dial.

Capital punishment really shouldn’t be an option for the Doctor. He had choices, he was in no immediate danger.

Confidential

What’s with the cheesy sexy music as the Doctor shows Rose the sun expanding.

Eccleston keeps calling the tree, Jabe. Not Jade. Looked it up and she is called Jabe. Wow, took me 16 years to learn this.

We had to make 200+ effect shots and we had 8 weeks, Gladiator had 100 shots and 9 months. Yeah… it looks it.

Colin Baker is taking about how the special effects were great for the time… compare it to Star Trek, which was 20 years prior to Baker’s era of Doctor Who.

Simon Pegg narrates this?