Posted By Kathleen David on May 20, 2013
I am asking for speculation only. I have managed to avoid the 50th anniversary spoilers so far. This entry goes up to the end of this season and stops. All previous episodes of Doctor Who may be discussed in comments.
Overall this half season has been good but not Great. I have enjoyed that nods to the previous incarnations of the Doctor. There has been great affection to the previous incarnations of the Doctor and it is nice for them to re-enforce that 8 is canonical.
I enjoyed the Name of the Doctor and thought that, over all they played fair with it. It did bring together all the threads starting with the Christmas episode and the rest of the season along with the previous part of the season. Moffat seems to like doing the making each episode important at the end and has done so with varying success.
I am looking forward to the next episode a lot.
Spoilers behind the cut and in the comments since I am assuming that not everyone has seen this episode yet.
So Clara was genetically encoded on a leaf? I am really fuzzy about that. That she would sacrifice herself to save the Doctor I don’t have a problem with that had been set up back in the Snowmen. I also would have perfectly happy for her to have been a normal human being that did something extraordinary rather than having been bred for the role.
It was nice to see Richard E. Grant again as the Great Intelligence. And the idea of the “body” being a timey whimey kind of thing didn’t bother me at all. The Doctor is not his body but his deeds and actions.
It was nice to see Alex Kingston as River even if she is only the echo from the library. I had sort of forgotten that she “died” in Forest of the Dead. So we saw her end before her beginning.
And we still don’t know his name but I expected that from the moment I heard the title of the episode.
In the interest of Full Dislosure, I am a big John Hurt fan and have been for a very long time. So I heard the voice and my brain went “wait a minute I know that voice” but the reveal had me in one of my rare squees. It’s F’ng John Hurt as the Doctor. I haven’t been this excited since it was revealed that Derek Jacobi, another actor I am a big fan of, was the Master. My concern is that this will be 15 minutes and then we are back to the status quo or a new (old) Doctor. I honestly don’t care what the story is, I know that Mr. Hurt will act rings around all other comers unless Jacobi show up and then it would be an acting throw down (anyone else remember I, Claudius?).
So overall, enjoyed it and looking forward to the anniversary episode. And if this brings John Hurt to the SDCC, all the better.
I am grateful that Doctor Who is still going.