I’ve liked all of the modern Doctors in their own time, just as I know I’ll enjoy Peter Capaldi.Confession: As much as I truly LOVE Matt Smith, I’m actually really super excited for Capaldi. I’m ready for a change and, as I just turned 40, a little more gray hair on the Doctor.
I really wanted to like this episode….NEEDED to like it….but I didn’t. It just didn’t measure up to my expectations. I still enjoyed the hell out of it. I just wished for some more meaningful time with the Doctor giving him some scenes to chew, so to speak, and instead I had to watch him grow old. Yes, I know, I just spoke of being ready for an older Doctor, but Smith in makeup didn’t work for me. The Doctor became Father Christmas in a town called Christmas. It was to serve a noble purpose. I understand. I just didn’t like it. The whole episode seemed to grind to a halt from a very enticing and fast-paced beginning. Upon halting, we watch the Doctor age over 300 years, hear the Doctor’s story in voice-over and get the occasional slo-mo enemy encounter (queue a wooden Cyberman).
This special was 100% to answer questions, tie up loose ends and set the scene for the quest for Gallifrey. Necessary true, but not fulfilling for me. I needed more drama. I wanted a doe-eyed Matt Smith to have a 15 min. long sad soliloquy and what-not. I wanted to cry. I wanted to have my gut-wrenched. I was ready to say goodbye. My only tear shed was when Amy appeared and that wasn’t due to the scene so much as just the sudden shock of seeing her for that short minute. Completely involuntary.
Poor Clara just seemed to come and go in short bursts and yet again, she orchestrates the “save the day” scenario. I hope for good chemistry between Clara and the 12th Doctor.
I know this isn’t so much a review as an airing of my post-episode grievances, so many apologies for that. Here’s to 2014, a new Doctor, new Sherlock episodes, a return to proper reviewing and return of my forgiving Whovian nature! Until then, have a Happy New Year!
Final Thoughts & Worthy Mentions:
- Finally – the real business behind that damn pesky crack. I actually liked that bit.
- “Handles” the Cyberman head who is the Doctor’s Wilson through being “stuck” on Trenzalore for those 300 years.
- Thankfully we do away with the old age makeup and are allowed our final moments with the Doctor as he has always looked to us.
- I watched this episode the day after Christmas. I wonder if I would have loved it more if I’d watched it on Christmas night…..would I have been more generous of spirit?
- I liked the character of Tasha Lem. She was a great character to watch and a great voice to guide us through the episode.
- I do hope we see this Doctor’s face again in the future. Maybe 75th anniversary? Is that too much to ask?
PS – Let’s all run off to London and see Matt Smith right now on stage. I can’t be the only one who thinks this is delicious!