Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Night of the Doctor

Well, this was surprising. Is this how Steven Moffat gets around the limited regenerations thing?


Devilham said...

Kind of makes sense though in light of the Valeyard thing as well, how do you distill the darkness of the doctor otherwise?

SamuraiFrog said...

Good point. I've thought John Hurt was the Valeyard for a while. Another theory I heard and liked was that Hurt was just a much older version of the Eighth Doctor, but I guess that's not really it. Interesting dark turn, though; it gives a bit more justification to the darker streak the Doctors have had since the show returned.

Carl said...

I really liked Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and wanted to see a LOT more of him.

I felt that this was kind of an unceremonious send-off of a doctor that most people don't really know.

I think this could all have been solved had this been a mini series. Because the John Hurt Doctor is supposed to be so bad that the 10th and 11th Doctors HATE him, which means that the Transition from the 8th to the Warrior Doctor is rushed. This needs to be a choice that he makes for the greater good, and it is made in extreme sacrifice.

I want to see the universe torn apart by the Time War, not just a few seconds from a pretty face saying how bad it is. That way, the Doctor's choice is a necessary evil, and while they communicated that in this, I felt it was done cheaply, in both senses of the word.

That being said, I want to see more of Paul McGann as the Doctor.

SamuraiFrog said...

They breezed through it, that's for sure. On the one hand, it was an unceremonious send-off, but on the other, at least Paul McGann finally got one, 17 years later. Bottom line on it is that I don't think Steven Moffat much cares about doing it properly; it's just set-up for his upcoming 50 year-celebration of the past couple of seasons. (Yeah, I'm still bitter about that; whatever people say about RTD, at least he seemed to love the show and not just his version of the show.)

I wanted to see so much more of Paul McGann.

McGann is supposed to be quite good in the audio plays. Colin Baker, too. I should really give some of those a listen...