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    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2013
    I'm downloading the Five(ish) Doctors Reboot and also watched An Adventure in Space and Time tonight.

    An Adventure.. made me bawl at the end of it, omg.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 24th 2013
    I'm watching "An Adventure . . ." right now.

    Really neat recreation of the old production facilities, as well as the sets.
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    An Adventure was really fun, but also heartbreakingly sad. I'm not sure that the cameo really worked though. It broke the fourth wall a bit too much for me.
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2013
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2013
    ^Hmm. I'll take that with a pinch of salt, please.

    But damn, I really enjoyed the special - emotionally satisfying, and successful in its stated aim of giving new life to The Doctor's story. The future of the show feels full of intriguing possibilities, which is just how it should be.

    And the bit with the curator was just lovely.
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2013
    Lazarus: Don't worry. It's either The Mirror being The Mirror or Moffat being Moffat. He LOOOOVES to make public statements and put things into the show that make it LOOK as if he's painting himself into a corner, only to reveal the hidden door he'd already left himself in said corner when no one was looking. It's one of the most annoying aspects of Moffat Who for me. A showrunner who drums up as much hype as he can and then complains when the hype has a backlash.
  2.  (11198.47)
    Fathom Events had announced a 3D theatrical screening of "The Day of the Doctor," and I expected just one big theater for the occasion. Imagine my surprise when I discovered FOUR theaters had been booked for the event.

    Having the Sontaran provide warnings to patrons about disrupting the screening was fun. And I will never look at eating popcorn the same way again after this warning.

    The David Tennant/Matt Smith greeting had it all: jokes about Smith's chin in 3D, sonic screwdriver envy, and regret about this presentation having only three dimensions.

    Of the Special itself, I came into it blind not having watched the series in awhile. Seeing the Time War sequences on the big screen lent the events a tragic grandeur. Jenna Coleman gave off a Kate Winslet vibe when I saw her in "Asylum of the Daleks." But if this episode is any indication, Clara appears to be one of the more forgettable female companions on the series. The shifts between humor and drama worked well enough, although the only joke I remember liking involved the time-traveling fez.

    What really makes watching "Doctor Who" with a theater full of fans is hearing their reactions at two particular moments: seeing Billie Piper's first onscreen appearance and the identity of the Curator. It took me a few embarrassingly long moments to recognize both of them. But that embarrassment faded with the final moment of the Special, which made me smile hugely.

    Afterwards, there was a Making Of special featuring an unexpected narrator. It was loads of fun seeing how filming of "Doctor Who" has now become a tourist attraction. It's moments like these that remind me that like Godzilla and Superman, The Doctor has become an international pop icon.
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    P.S. In honor of The Doctor's 50th anniversary, here's a map of all the places where Dr. Who aliens have tried invading London.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2013 edited
    So i have a theory for anyone who has seen it. SPOILERS.

    So Tom Baker shows up at the end as the curator, saying that maybe he HAD retired to become the curator. Maybe he hadn't. Had all the mannerisms of the 4th Doctor and such-there was even a design shout out on the wall to his TARDIS. What if 4 figured out how to create a human doppelganger, and that was how 10 knew how to do it from his hand as the Ace in the Hole against the Daleks and to create a Doctor Rose could stay with? What if the scarf that girl from UNIT had was a present from him? It would explain how the Curator brought the painting there, how he knew what it was, what the full title was, why he had aged, why he "Maybe was and was not" the same as the Doctor,and explain why Matt Smith thought he would make great Curator, because he had thought it before when 4 decided to become one.
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    @ Internaut,

    I believe The Moment is still ongoing. I took from the film that the Curator, like Rose, was The Moment providing a revelation just as it had before. We know The Doctor dies. We saw his spirit/space tear/vortex/timey wimey. Clara leaps into it, goes about saving The Doctor until finally the Eleventh notices her. At that point, he was dead. Just as prior to the Ninth Doctor, he had killed the Gallifreyans. In both instances, The Moment will change his mind.
  5.  (11198.51)
    My wife and I were going with the assumption that the line (I don't remember the exact wording but it went something along the lines of):
    "Sometimes it's good to revisit old faces" meant that his final regeneration (which i believe their will be more than 12...) was back into Tom Baker and he decided to retire from being the doctor and has been slowly aging.

    Neither of us can recall the show ever stating that the doctor doesn't age and seem to remember them indicating way back in the day that he just ages really slowly.
    Just like they've never said that Time Lords are only capable of regenerating 12 times. You could take "can" as "allowed" which would mean that somehow Gallifrey keeps track how often they regenerate and come after them with severe prejudice.
    Either that or Capaldi will
    run off and bring Gallifrey back into the universe and he'll be granted more regenerations like they did with the Master.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2013
    The line Warped Savant quotes is crucial:

    I don't think we're dealing with #4. He's a much later Doctor, "revisiting a face."

    Someone on Twitter suggested . . .
    . . . that Osgood is the Curator's companion.
    She has the skills,
    She has the scarf!
    I hope she gets a shot at Capaldi's companion.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2013
    Oswin and Osgood. Do you think there is a reason for that?
    Also this.
    Why is the Moment in the snow? I mean they had to put effort into that shot... Probably no reason, right? I'm turning into a conspiracy theorist. They mention Derren Brown and now I'm seeing subliminal messages everywhere.
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2013
    I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade but
    there's a human "Doctor" that looks just like David Tennant living in an alternate universe. There's no reason to assume that the Tom Baker appearance doesn't have a similar backstory. And he would age. And he would remember.
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    but weren't they going with the whole idea that the extra Tennant Doctor ate up one of his incarnations. If that happened before he would already be over the regeneration limit.
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2013
    I thought they wrote that off? Matt Smith Doctor made some joke about it being a flippant response the first time around, and that there wasn't really a limit.
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    ImaginaryPeople -- They wouldn't be over the limit until Capaldi takes over... so maybe they'll explain it in the Christmas episode.
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2013
    I think

    the Baker thing works best on the simplest level - giving a beloved actor, who loved being The Doctor, a little recognition in the anniversary show.

    The fact that you can hang a load of fun theories around it is, for me, a nice bonus.
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    Very nicely put, Curb.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2013 edited
    ^Thankew. Which isn't to say I don't like a nice bit of speculation, too..

    Like these promo images over at Den Of Geek for example.

    A few interesting things to be seen, there:

    What looks like the return of The Church, for one, possibly accompanied by Madame Koverian's replacement? Really hope it's explained how they ended up being in cahoots with The Silence, and embrolied in a long, bitter war with The Doctor.

    Also, I wonder if that wooden cyberman is some kind of callback to the tree avatars from the last Christmas special?

    And hey, multiple villains! Because, who doesn't love a good old fashioned League of Evil?