Anyone else excited for tonight?
For those who don’t know, today marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. And the episode tonight will show not just one, not just two, but three doctors, side by side. The episode above, tilted The Night Of The Doctor, is sort of a prequel to tonight’s episode, and shows the eighth doctor in the middle of the time war. If you like Doctor Who but haven’t seen it yet, play it now. Go on. Not long until the actual full The Day of the Doctor episode airs, so I’ll sit back and wait for you to watch the mini-episode.
Right, so, we have the main set up. We have the doctor, trying to save some poor soul from death. But we also see a glimpse of something we haven’t really seen since the series came back. We get to see a touch of the time war, and not just its effects on the doctor and his enemies but the effect on the people around them, the people who have had to suffer during the war. We see that the Time Lords are so hated, a woman is willing to die rather than enter the Tardis.
And we see how much that hurts the doctor, the man who spends his whole life trying to save people.
This is a brilliant teaser for tonight’s episode, and reveals quite a lot in such a short space. It’s constructed nicely, too, with the same feel that we usually get from the full length episodes. Without giving away too much (in case you haven’t watched it yet, even though it’s right there. You don’t even have to leave the page), it gives us hints as to what the doctor has gone through, and what he needs to do during the Time War. From the last episode of the last series, we know that Hurt’s doctor has done something unforgivable, something so bad he can’t even be called ‘The Doctor’. But here, we see that it wasn’t just the doctor who had a role in this, but others around him, trying to get him to just do something rather than hide away from what’s going on.
An episode well worth watching, especially if you want to feel just a little more hyped up about the episode on tonight.