The episode boasted a cornucopia of video and sound clips from throughout the programme's long history. Most notably, in the sequence where the Gallifreyan version of Clara prompts the First Doctor to steal the TARDIS, William Hartnell appeared courtesy of two colourised shots from the Doctor Who: The Warriors of Death (1964) and Doctor Who: The Day of Darkness (1964), together with dialogue from Doctor Who: Invasion (1965). Clara and/or Dr Simeon were also inserted into clips featuring the Second Doctor (from "The Mind Robber" and Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983)), the Third Doctor (also from Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983)), the Fourth Doctor (from "The Invasion Of Time"), the Fifth Doctor (from "Arc Of Infinity"), and the Seventh Doctor (from "Dragonfire"), with a Yeti appearing from "The Web Of Fear". Emanating from the rift were the sounds of the First Doctor (from "100,000 BC"), the Second Doctor (from "The Moonbase"), the Third Doctor (from "The Time Monster"), the Fourth Doctor (from "Genesis Of The Daleks"), the Fifth Doctor (from "The Caves Of Androzani"), the Sixth Doctor (from "The Trial Of A Time Lord"), the Ninth Doctor (from Doctor Who: The Parting of the Ways (2005)), the Tenth Doctor (from Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned (2007)), and the Eleventh Doctor (from Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens (2010)). See more »
When Clara sees the Fifth Doctor trapped in the Matrix, the ring on her left hand switches to her right between shots. See more »
The Great Intelligence:
It was a minor skirmish by the Doctor's blood-soaked standards. Not exactly the Time War, but enough to finish him. In the end, it was too much for the old man.
The Doctor has been many things, but never blood-soaked.
The Great Intelligence:
Tell that to the leader of the Sycorax, or Solomon the trader, or the Cybermen, or the Daleks. The Doctor lives his life in darker hues, day upon day, and he will have other names before the end: Storm, the Beast, the Valeyard.
Even if any of this were true, which I ...
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I'd heard about the reveal at the end of the episode before watching it and I couldn't quite believe it. John Hurt as the Doctor! I've longed for someone like Hurt to play the doctor, it would be excellent for Who. I'm desperate for an elder statesman to play the time traveller, rather than someone prancing about with a sonic screwdriver.
I've liked most of the Doctors including the 11th. But not the stories. I'm clamouring after a good story and some decent science fiction. After all, the Doctor has the best spaceship (save for the Masters) in the universe, he can go anywhere in space time. And yet he can't seem to stay away from present day Earth. Yawn, this is just lazy.
None of the previous episodes from the last few seasons have stuck in my mind. In part I've lowered my bar of expectation (it's almost touching the floor), and I've resigned to watch the show as pure fluff. But considering it's a flagship program for the BBC, they really could do better than this. I think what addles me is that the BBC doesn't churn out any other sci-fi. Instead
we get endless reams of paedophilia, rape, murder and crime and punishment stories. Where are the progressive stories or expertly retold parables?
Red Dwarf had good sci-fi stories, and it was a cheap ass production. You can still produce a great episode with a limited set and budget.
As for this episode. I quite liked the idea of the Doctor's tomb and the impossible girl. Though nothing really happened for 44 minutes. It was merely a set-up for the anniversary episode. Then they spoil it by painting an actor's name on the screen mid-story. What on earth were the BBC thinking?
Let's hope the writers toss the 12th Doctor some better story lines.
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