I spent the holidays travelling, and spent several days without power. Now I’m back and (for now, anyhow) the power is on. Bet you know the first thing I did… In case not, I watched The Time of the Doctor. Now I’ll admit that it wasn’t without issues, but being a month since the last episode I decided to ignore them and just enjoy it.
Although I couldn’t much enjoy losing Matt Smith. You see, I’ve grown rather fond of him over the last few years.
If you haven’t watched the Christmas special yet, you may not want to read on. This is going to get somewhat spoilery. Myself, I pretty much avoided the internet altogether so that I wouldn’t accidently see something episode-related. And to a certain family member that watched it first: thanks for telling me absolutely nothing. Yes, I really mean that and am not just being facetious.
Certain things about the episode really bothered me, and it wasn’t even the big stuff. For example, the Doctor is running around with a Cyberman’s head and an eye stalk, yet there’s no real explanation.
I purposely tried to watch the episode when no one was around because I felt I may get a little weepy. The regeneration scene was going to be very different from Tennant’s (or so we were told) but I didn’t really want to risk it. I was doing just fine at the beginning, but when 11 appeared with an older face I started to feel it. When Clara held onto the TARDIS and turned around to see him I REALLY felt it. It pulled at my tiny underdeveloped heart strings. When he began to regenerate… a couple of tears were shed. But when Amy appeared… I alternated between happy and really sad. Fantastic to see her appear before he changed, even if she wasn’t really there. The ‘everything changes’ speech felt more like Matt Smith’s speech than the Doctor’s, much like Tennant’s departing speech. It also felt like Clara’s tears were actually Jenna Coleman’s tears…
When Capaldi appeared I could see the Doctor in him. I have high hopes for him when the show returns. I also really liked that Smith got one last speech in before he went, as well as the fact that they (sort-of) addressed the numbering. But to be honest, it really felt like he was mostly gone when his face aged. Maybe because it didn’t really look like him and maybe because of what was done with the character. His performance was enjoyable though.
The plan is to re-watch the episode soon. In the meantime, what did you think?
… and I will miss Matt Smith…