Monday, 20 May 2013

T.V Review: Doctor Who: The Name of The Doctor

Title: The Name of The Doctor

Air Date: 18th May 2013

Writer: Steven Moffat

So, the finale, the big one, the one where all our questions will be answered.  Or not.

Yes a few of them are answered but they're probably not the ones you were thinking of.  We don't find out the Doctor's name, to be fair if we did they would have to change the name of the show.  We do find out who Clara is and why she's everywhere.

And River Song is back.

Sort of.  For a given value of 'back'.  It's post-library so this River is the oldest we've seen her and also a hologram.  Which is fairly obvious given that she's, you know, dead.

But let's put all the technical stuff aside and focus on the story itself.  It's not too hard to follow really and just like the rest of the show's countless episodes it will make you laugh, cry and threaten your television with bodily harm.  The last fifteen minutes are an exercise in ripping your heart out and stomping on it a few times as we not only have the Doctor's emotional state to worry about, but that of Madame Vastra, Clara and River.

Clara's sacrifice is particularly heart-wrenching.  We've only really known her for seven episodes and yet she's one of the most easily likeable companions the Doctor's ever had.  So saying goodbye to her, not permanently but still, is a kick in the teeth.

River's goodbye is also very sad.  Seeing the Doctor so broken and being able to see just how much pain he's going through when he sees her, well, kudos to Matt Smith for the fantastic acting he does in that scene.  And kudos to Alex Kingston.  The two of them bring so much to River and the Doctor, it's hard not to get choked up at their final scene in the episode.

But after the tears, when you think they'd end on something light, we are instead treated to one hell of a curveball.  I'm not going to spoil it here, you'll have to watch it yourself.

But it is a shock and will leave you wishing you had a TARDIS of your own to get to November.

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