December 2017 Ι Season 11 Ι Episode 00 Ι Rachel Talalay
In this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special we get to follow the 12th Doctor and the 1st Doctor on their adventure through the galaxy. Joined by the Captain and Bill, they all find themselves standing face to face with some rather see through aliens.
If you didn’t know, I kind of live for Doctor Who and I believe it was a little more than a year ago that I decided to go back to 1963 (not literally unfortunately, haven’t mastered time travel yet), and watch all the 26 seasons and the movie to get the full Doctor Who experience. It took me a really long time, but oh was it worth it. So you can imagine how happy I was to hear that they were bringing back the 1st Doctor for this years Christmas episode, even though I knew it wouldn’t be my 1st Doctor (since William Hartnell is no longer with us). As one who has experienced quite a lot of the 1st Doctor, I am a little disappointed over how he was portrayed because I didn’t really feel like it was the 1st Doctor. I do however think it was a great attempt and a brilliant idea.
So getting into the whole plot I have to say that I’m a tad disappointed. I want more Christmas!! The Doctor Who Christmas specials I’ve enjoyed the most have been the ones that reminded me of Christmas. I can not say this one did. To this day I have to say that A Christmas Carol with Matt Smith is my absolute favorite Christmas special because that one felt like Christmas.
To my surprise, I found the Captain to be a very fascinating character and even if he might have had a smaller role, he put much to the story. Seeing Bill again was also very pleasant, even if her purpose might have been a tad vague. The aliens were also quite a question mark for me and I had a hard time seeing their purpose and/or threat as well.
The whole episode itself was very intriguing and emotional. I feel like we had characters being emotional from all sides and I really enjoyed that because it felt like this episode needed to be more emotional due to Peter Capaldi’s goodbye. The last scene with him was also marvelous and they really managed to write the grand speech for the 12th Doctor. They captured one of the Doctors great qualities, which is delivering an amazing speech.
I am really looking forward to seeing the 13th Doctor now and I think she is going to do a brilliant job. Jodie Whittaker, take us by storm.
My rating: 7/10