After a long and agonizing wait, the day finally arrives. It's not just any old day. School day, business day, the Sabbath? No, not at all! A birthday? Well, yes, for Chris Hardwick (Happy Birthday, nerd bro!), but that's not the point! Today belongs to a science fiction icon. It's named after him, and, fittingly enough, it lands on his favorite day of the week!
For today (Saturday, November 23, 2013) is actually.....
Actually, it's 2 reviews in one blog post, one being spoiler-free for the people who have yet to watch this epic episode, and the other is for the ones who already watched it or just don't give a fuck.
So here we go, the review that I actually wrote down during the episode, which means that it's my real-time in the moment reaction to the special.
Huh. :O Oooh! LOL! Oh my gosh! SQUEE! Le gasp! I want that Moment box--or a replica of it! LOL again! Ooooh!! Whoa. BWAHHHH!!!!! Hahaheeheehee! HA! ROFL! So that's where that came from.... EEWWW! OH SHIT! Heh! ROFL, round things! SQUEEGASM! Little giggle..... Aww! Huge squeal! WHOOOOAAAAAA!!!!! Meta squee! Le gasp! Jaw drop!
And of course, NERDING MY PANTS! SUPER AWESOME!
Now, for the more detailed review--so SPOILER ALERT!
Actual Review With Some Spoilers
Anyways, I was quite fortunate to watch it during that very broadcast at 2:50pm EST with my parents! And to be honest, we were quite surprised to see that they used the old Doctor Who opening to kick off the transmission! It was quite a sweet tribute! And then, we have Clara, back to normal--I think. How the HELL did the Doctor get her from that little temporal bubble thing where she passes out and he carries her away? How did they get out of that?! I'm more confused than a skunk on a black-and-white tiled floor!
Thanks, Moffat, for that little plothole!
But so many questions were answered, and if you've seen The Big Bang (Series 5 with Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill), make sure that you brace yourself: a similar bit of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey thing is going on, and it could be a little....bendy-wendy? Not to mention that you could get headaches from that craziness, so make sure you have some painkillers on hand.
But seriously, to have the synchronicity going on between the three Doctors (three-fold man from Journey's End, anyone?) is quite clever, and awesome, and it just really tickles your nerd bits!
I enjoyed Billie Piper as the sentient interface for The Moment, and she did really, really well! She's got talent, that's for sure; I saw her in Shakespeare Retold's Much Ado About Nothing. But the outfit--FANTABULOUS! Though the ugly boots could be replaced with some badass ones..... But it's still awesome enough to wear to a con!
So, to catch a ride with the Doctor, the Doctor and the War Doctor was certainly fun. I'm sure my parents enjoyed it almost as much as I did. And a ton of questions that were raised by the trailer (How many Doctors were there really? What was the red jewel thing? [A BIG RED BUTTON!] And what really happened to Gallifrey?) Not to mention that having a little meta moment going on, with Doctor Tennant speaking to Doctor Smith--major tearjerking moment there for me, because I still miss Doctor Tennant! And lastly, you can't help but really nerd your pants, especially with all of the Doctors in one place together, looking at Gallifrey at the same time. I enjoyed it! I really did, and I hope that sometime soon, the series will take us to Gallifrey (again, for all the more experienced Whovians).
Oh, and there's a surprise guest in the episode! Thank you Tom Baker for making the episode extra meta by taking up your role again! But I'm still waiting on that 4-foot TARDIS cake!