Review: The Time of the Doctor

My review of The Time of the Doctor is up at Another Castle.

Another Castle

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Photo: www.bbc.co.uk

The Time of the Doctorbrings Matt Smith’s tenure as Doctor Who to a stirring and satisfying conclusion. The world knew it was coming, but instead of spoiling the episode, Smith’s rush to regeneration made for a tense yet poignant good-bye. Maybe Team Doctor Who learned from David Tennant’s final episode. Or rather run of episodes. The tenth Doctor’s farewell came across like a protracted series of curtain calls. This time, the writers got it right. We still had the winks and nods and not-so-subtle remarks about beginnings and endings, but overall, the touch remained feather-light.

The Story

The Time of the Doctor opens with his most fearsome (and increasingly overused) adversaries blockading a small planet. A continuously repeating signal called them, one heralding Gallifrey’s possible return to the universe. So, what’s a good Dalek, Sontaran, Cyberman, Weeping Angel, and Silence to do? Why, stop…

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