I had very mixed feelings about this Christmas Doctor Who episode. I usually love them. It’s Christmas and Doctor Who. I was thrilled it was the 800th episode of Doctor Who. It had Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, Silence. Who could ask for anything more?
Yet it was bittersweet as we had to say adieu to this most recent regeneration of The Doctor, played by the lively, frenetic, and talented Matt Smith.
I’m keeping an open mind, as I have with all The Doctors since after Tom Baker left. I didn’t keep an open mind with Peter Davison. I was determined I would not like him because I didn’t believe anyone was going to be as good as Tom Baker. Frankly, I still don’t think anyone is quite as good, but I did like Davison. Glad I gave him a chance.
But I have learned an important life lesson in these 33 years. Different isn’t always bad, it’s just different. Sometimes when things change it’s for the better. Sometimes just as good in other ways. Or interesting in other ways. Of course, sometimes change is also bad (cough, Colin Baker, cough, cough Sylvester McCoy).
Nevertheless I’m resolved to give Peter Capaldi, the latest Doctor a chance. I love Capladi‘s work, so I think he’ll do a wonderful job. After all, as much as I still miss David Tennant (I didn’t want you to go), I loved Matt Smith’s portrayal of The Doctor.
So I watched The Time Of The Doctor, perched on the edge of my proverbial seat, thrilled by the action and story, loving the interaction between the characters…watched in horror and surreal awe as the bow tie dropped to the floor.
Capaldi’s intro was brief like many others, he burbled on about his kidneys and asked his companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) if she knew how to fly the TARDIS (oh oh, that’s can’t be good) and he’s kept his Scottish accent. I like him as an actor so I’m giving him a chance.
But I still miss David Tennant…and Peter Davison…and Jon Pertwee…Matt Smith and Jon Simm (I know, he was The Master, not The Doctor, but he was awesome so incrediliciously stupendous . He and David Tennant had the world’s best bad bromance).
Anyway, we’ve learned from The Doctor that although “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… timey wimey… Stuff.”