A Gallifreyan soldier undergoes initiation in the use of a headcam, as well as the defence of Arcadia. During his training, the impossible happens and Daleks invade. The Last Day was a ... See full summary »

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A Gallifreyan soldier undergoes initiation in the use of a headcam, as well as the defence of Arcadia. During his training, the impossible happens and Daleks invade. The Last Day was a mini-episode released on 20 November 2013 as part of the run-up to the 50th anniversary special.

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How the last day of the Time War began
7 February 2014 | by (Lincoln, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

Second of two short prequels to The Day of the Doctor, 50th anniversary special. It's the beginning of the end for the Time Lords home planet when Gallifrey is invaded by Daleks at the end of the Time War. Not as good as The Night of the Doctor, but still interesting. We see the invasion from the point of view of a Gallifreyan soldier. The viewer sees what's happening as if he or she was the soldier.

A new recruit is fitted with a video recorder in his own head so that when he dies in the war his family, assuming they survive, will have a record of his last moments. The other soldier doesn't actually expect the Daleks to break through as no one has ever broken through Gallifrey's security before.

The new soldier keeps having this short and frighting visions, which he's told are not prophetic glimpses of the future but are just glitches in the system. Being a war involving time travel they actually are visions of things that are to happen. Or have already happened but been changed so they didn't. In any case, being shown how to use the scanner he's told to pretend a distant object on the screen, probably just a bird, is actually a Dalek. Then horror of horrors when the scanner locks on to the object it turns out to actually be a Dalek. And its not alone. The episode ends with the new soldier hearing "Exterminate!" and the blast of a Dalek gun.


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