Obligatory Spoiler Warning!
Do NOT scroll down and read unless you watched the episode.
I'll leave a lot extra space for you, really, don't spoil you on this one (hint: it's amazing!)
Noooo, no peaking! Watch first, read later!
Everyone who hasn't watched the episode gone yet? Yes?
THANK YOU MOFFAT!
Gosh, I'm completely running a roller-coaster right now. And I'm in a fangirlish mood. Congratulations, you get my at my most hyped state.
I'm just soo.... soooo... relieved and overjoying that Moffat didn't fucked it up.
I was excited about watching this episode, as I said in my last journal, but also worried inside.
The name of the Doctor for me was something, that should stay a secret. Forever. Clara might know it now, too, and that's fine, she'll keep it safe, I'm sure.
I had so many fears... "will it be a name that just doesn't fit?" "will it be known to everyone?" "will it be spoken out loudly?" "for some stupid reason?"
I'm so glad that all my fears didn't came true.
It's still a secret, yet the whole episode centered about it.
The episode had so many, great plays of word around that center - right from the beginning
"There's a secret the Doctor will take to his grave. It has been discovered." - it had so many great meanings.
Yes, the Doctor will take it to his grave, and he also took it to his grave, as he went to his grave and kept it a secret. Brilliant.
The goodbye to River was so emotional and so well performed, so well done. I think this was the first episode where I really liked Matt Smith as the doctor. It took me a long while, but I could finally accept him 100% in this role with this performance. Seeing River again was amazing. Vastra, Jenny and Strax were well used and their scenes were very touching (or funny *pat Strax*) as well.
The Tardis serving as Tomb for the Doctor was a really nice touch.
We got to see
the bad side of the Doctor - "his real name" that got "revealed". Nice job on fooling the fanbase, Moffat! Really nice move!
Ah... finally coming down now... XD
Was the episode perfect?
Nah... but which episode is perfect? Even my favorite episodes have flaws, I never expect a perfect episode ^^
For example - I disliked the interior of the Tardis Tomb. The scenery was great, don't get me wrong. But we KNOW that Matt Smith isn't the last actor who plays the Doctor. And I think it's safe to assume that the Tardis will get some Makeover's in the future, too. So why not creating a completely new interior and let this "run down"? Budget? Tell you what, you could have saved enough with keeping the overloading effects this season-half smaller... wouldn't hurt... *cough*
Using the actual interior of the Tardis as her last interior? This will just mess up with the continuity ._.
...and seriously, that's my biggest issue. It's not a big one if you look back at the episode. This whole, epic finale we got.
I also found it a bit sad that some of the old actors didn't made a return - it would've fit so well. I know it wouldn't have worked out for every scene. All the front shots of the Classic Doctor's (except for Paul McGann maybe) would've shown him too old. But just imagine for a bit, how epic it would've been to have Eccelston and Tennant back for a few seconds of new scenes with Clara. Imagine how epic it would've been for the still alive (and acting) Doctors to come back for the "run" at the end.
I know I know, it wouldn't have been possible - they all would've needed to be paid and this could have skyrocketed very easy, but as the Nerd I am... it would've been amazing.
That said, I'm amazed how good they tied in the old scenes with the doctors. It's a bit sad they left some of them out, or just didn't gave them as much spotlight, but the color (!) shots of William Hartnell, and Clara beeing the one recommending him (and Susan for that matter! Also greatly done!) to our Tardis... So awesome! It was a great scene, it didn't felt out of place, sure - it looked a bit fake, as much as they tried you could still see how Clara was just "cut in". But we're talking about ~50 year old material here. I won't complain about it!
And finally, John Hurt as
the not-Doctor. I think that's a nice name, Not-Doctor... very fitting.
Great actor to play the role. I'm really looking forward to the anniversary, although I hope they'll keep the name still a secret during the special. Please don't shatter my joy q.q
Let him be "John Hurt". John Smith and John Hurt - the name alone is incredible fitting!
I'm really excited to see how the story concludes (without the name... PLEASE WITHOUT THE NAME!)
So... what do you think?
Also... yeah, I'm sorry, I have to give it a paragraph...
Discord Whooves is canon now! XD
I already hinted at it twice, but I know that not all of you Whovians who watch me are also MLP Fans, so let me explain as short as possible:
In MLP, there's a background character, a brown pony with a spikey mane and an hourglass as Cutiemark/Symbol on the Flank. As soon as he popped up, fans nicknamed him Doctor Whooves, because he resembled the 10th Doctor so much. Later in the show, he was shown with a green tie, turning an hourglass around and laughing about the idea of Time travel. Furthermore, he got a Trading Card, revealing his official name being "Time Turner" and that "he likes all Timey Whimey" - officially stating the connection and reference to Doctor Who.
Now there's also a villain in the show called Discord. He has the ability to turn someone around. Those who're kind, get cruel. Those who're honest, start to lie. And so own.
Someday a Fan came to the idea to just... turn Doctor Whooves around, making a Discord version of him, which became a very well known OC.
Seeing that the dark side of the Doctor, the "real name", is also the one who "failed to keep the promise", who did all the bad stuff the Doctor is blamed for... yes, pretty much alike to this OC, Discord Whooves. Which makes it really special for every Whovian Pony-Fan :3