Nice effects though.
This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.
It’s fine. It's literally the definition of a fine movie. You’ve seen it before, you know every beat and outcome before the characters even do. Only question is how much escapism you’re looking for.
The acting in this movie is really good.
Was bored so found a random movie TV generator type website (Cant remember what), and this came up. Last episode I watched was Tom Baker as The Dr and a guy who looked like he was out of Cats, all a long time ago. Was bored of netflix so thought bugger it why not. So now Im up to the new season 8. Which is every episode I could find from 1963 to now. The amount of time I've spent watching these episodes is shameful. But Im glad I've taken the time off work for it. Well and truly worth it.
In my opinion, the Matt Smith era has definitely been a mixed bag. It started off very well with series 5, a very good series, but series 6 and 7 were just not very good, with not really that many good stories in those 2 series. And after the cold, soulless mess that was series 7 part 2, I was worried that Moffat might screw up the 50th. How wrong I was. The day of the doctor was an incredible, highly enjoyable and very well written 50th anniversary, with lots of references to the show's past, which thankfully didn't feel cheep and forced and actually added to the story, unlike cheap pops such as the Tegan reference in The crimson horror. This is hands down Steven Moffat's best script since A Christmas carol and possibly his best script since Blink. Also, Tom Baker's cameo actually made sense if you listen to the dialogue carefully. Brilliant writing. As for the ending with Gallifrey actually being frozen in time rather than destroyed was also very well written and didn't manage to make the RTD era seem pointless, as many people have accused Moffat of doing with this ending. My only criticism would be the Zygon sub-plot, which just seemed to fizzle out without any conclusion, but that is all that I can really criticize this special for. Apart from that, it was magnificent, and the people that were disappointed with it are obviously just Tennant and RTD fan boys who just want to hate everything that Moffat does, no matter how good it is. Also, PETER CAPALDI!!!!
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I was far from the UK when this screened and yet the hype and excitement for it still reached all around the world, with synchronized screenings on television and in cinemas in many countries. This special had been billed as a celebration of 50 years of the show and this impression had been added to by the use of old footage in the previous episode and lots of other films and documentaries about the wider world of Doctor Who. The reality is though that, aside from the references and images from the older episodes, this really is more of a celebration of where the show is right now rather than reaching back to try and capture any specific other era.This shows in the film because it fits very naturally into the last few seasons in that it is entertaining, doesn't always hang together, has the odd "intense" character moment to make the viewer think it might do more, has lots of timey-wimey stuff and occasionally just relies on the BBC orchestra bashing out dramatic music to make the viewer think it is more exciting and engaging than it actually is. This isn't to say that it is bad, but just that while it has the strengths of the recent shows, it also has the weaknesses as well. As such we have some comic stuff that doesn't work, a whole plot line involving the Queen which really doesn't seem to fit particularly well into the other thread and, as a result, just appears to be dropped when it suits. The darker thread is more engaging and, although it gives the character a bit of a cop-out, I did find it interesting.A big part of this is the performances from the 3 Doctors. Hurt is easily engaging and, if this is below him, he certainly doesn't show it. Tennant is a welcome return aside from a bit too much mugging with the Queen, while Smith is OK but really standing next to these two doesn't help him one bit. Coleman is her usual flirty self – she has a nice twinkle and she suits the tone of most of the show now, but there is not too much beyond this. I have no idea why they wanted to bring Piper back – she did not need to be the character she played and her performance is a bit too stilted and awkward – I could have lived without her. The supporting cast continues the trend of the show to be keen enough but secondary players – but the three leads mostly do the job well.It is big and it does entertain but it is also occasionally silly and also, while it reaches for darkness and interesting ideas at times, one feels like its heart isn't really in it with any sort of consistency. So in this regard it is pretty much the show as it is now and as such I guess it will please those like me who accept it as a BBC family- friendly blockbuster but not those who love the original series. It works for what it is and where it is, but with this comes the weakness and downside of the recent few seasons.
A great big treat for anyone who has at least loosely followed the show within it's 50 year history. Moffat has met the incredibly difficult task of catering this story to the casual and the hardcore Dr Who fans with his brilliant and dynamic writing. I feel bad for doubting the man I always thought he was losing his touch with overly clever plots that were making him come across as smug but he nailed it here, with this celebratory milestone. This may also be a contender for the funniest Dr Who episode with the humour mainly provided through the banter of Smith, Tennant and Hurt who have amazing chemistry together and deliver the right balance of humour and drama to this feature length romp. (Actually, thinking about it the 1979 story the City of Death cannot be beaten in the humour department but this is the funniest the revitalised series has ever been.) Overall a great episode that will ensue Doctor Who will go on with it's startling and slightly controversial conclusion that may irritate some fans however the two surprise appearances one of a familiar face, another of a taste of what is to come is the icing on the timey wimey cake.