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The Night of the Doctor (14 Nov. 2013)

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With the aid of the sisterhood of Karn, "The Doctor" regenerates into "The War Doctor".




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With the aid of the sisterhood of Karn, "The Doctor" regenerates into "The War Doctor".

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The 2nd time The Doctor has visited the planet Karn and encountered the Sisterhood of the Flame. In the 1976 story "The Brain of Morbius", The 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith arrived on Karn, where the mad scientist Doctor Solon constructed a new body for the brain of the evil Time Lord Morbius, whom The Doctor had thought executed by the Time Lord High Council. See more »


The Doctor: Hang on. Is it you? Am I back on Karn? You're the Sisterhood of Karn, keepers of the flame of utter boredom.
Ohila: Eternal life.
The Doctor: That's the one.
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Night of the Doctor: Looks cheap but has a good brooding intensity about it
7 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was just catching up on the big 50th anniversary show but heard of this little prequel so decided to watch it first. I was a bit surprised to see that it featured Paul McGann (a very short-lived Doctor) and also a bit put off by how very cheap the effects looked in the beginning. This faded though because this little prequel is nicely tough and intense in its presentation, thanks mainly to the delivery from McGann. He does some silly lines but even then he keeps his intensity in his performance and I liked what he did for this short film.

The content I am less sure of but it does at least provide a bit of a link to a version of the Doctor who so far all I know is that he is played by John Hurt – a fact that, annoyingly, the previous episode pushed while still inside the narrative. At least in this case we focus on him as a character or how his character came to be – even if Hurt is only present in a reflection edited in from something else. We'll see if this dark tone can continue into the full special but I'm hoping that it can manage it while also not holding my breath.

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