27 Reasons Why That Was The Perfectly Whovian Way To Say Goodbye To Matt Smith
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27 Reasons Why That Was The Perfectly Whovian Way To Say Goodbye To Matt Smith

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | December 27, 2013 | Comments ()


The lovely and talented C. Robert Dimitri will have a full and properly thoughtful review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special up for you next week. In the meantime this is just a bit of celebratory eye candy. Mine’s the cracker with the joke inside, his has the poem. Enjoy.

Because Rule #1: The Doctor Lies

Because The Doctor Danced

But He Still Doesn’t Drink

Because Clara And Rose Have Similar Taste In Apartments

Because If He Can’t Have Mickey Or The Tin Dog Or A Volleyball, At Least He Has Handles
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Because We Almost Didn’t Notice That They Gave All The Character Development To Handles Instead Of Barnable. Almost.

Because This Was All They Could Show Us Of Young Amelia Pond

She Actually Looks Like This Now And Has A Much Older Face Than The Face His Face First Saw

Because He Can’t Just Press His Face Up To A Wall Like That Without Giving Me “Doomsday” Feelings

Because Now We Know The Doctor’s Greatest Fear. (Praise Him)
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Because, What, Is This A Harry Potter Joke?

Because I Don’t Get It

No, Wait, I Do

Because I’m Excited For These Two To Meet

Because Of Wigs

Because Moffat Really Loves Those Angels

Because It Wouldn’t Be Who Without Crackpot Theories. Theory #1: Clara’s Grandma Is Amy Pond. Rubbish.

Theory #2: Tasha Lem Is River Song. Intriguing Balderdash.

Because He May Have Said A Bunch Of Stuff About Kidneys And Color, But All I Heard Was…

Because I’m Not Really Sure What “Breaking Science” Means. Is It Like Breaking Bad?

Because Who Ever Thought That A Line From “Dinosaurs On A Spaceship” Would Be So Prophetic?

Because This Was A Lovely Send-Off

(Though I Did Miss Seeing This Guy)

Because Bow Ties Were Cool

But 12 Is More Of A Cravat Man

Because As Winkingly Meta Last Lines Go This Was Almost The Best


*I’ve got something in my eye.

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  • laylaness

    I don't know. I was disappointed. The regeneration was disappointing. I can't wait for Capaldi, and I hope there's less Moffat influence next series because I can't take the OOH-SHINY "plots" anymore.

  • I'm new to the show. So I don't fully get why I should hate Moffat. But I love Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. I can't help but enjoy it any time they're on screen together.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    I can't say why you should hate Moffat, I can tell you why I occasionally do. He just throws sh*t up there without any rhyme or reason, and so often makes no sense. Why is there a town called Christmas there? Why do they seem to have 18th century level of tool development. How does it survive if it only gets 10 minutes of sunlight every once in a while. I saw trees, and I assume the people there eat....something? If the broadcast has been going on through all of space and time, then why did they all decide to come together at that particular time to come to the planet. Why didn't the Doctor just go back in time to a point before the church put there super impenetrable force field up and go down to the planet? If Dalek's are so Bad Ass that it took the total power of the Time Lords to keep them from overrunning the Galaxy, and since there seems to be tons of Daleks every time you turn around, why haven't they overrun the galaxy?

    My problem is, he has no respect for the rules of the universe he inhabits. Any story writer needs limits, it is the limits that define the story. Moffat consistently goes wildly outside those limits, and he does not earn it. He just throws stuff up and expects the audience to accept it because he pairs it with suitably dramatic music. He ignores much of the history of The Doctor, and seems to think he is so incredibly clever, he can make up whatever he wants to "explain" away everything that is Timey Wimey. I don't think Doctor Who needs a "realistic" science or anything like that. It is about a time traveling alien after all. But it does need to respect the rules of it's universe, and the "Canon" that has come before.

    I feel like the show is following the same trajectory as the older epsiodes as it went from the 70's to the 80's and kept getting more and more preposterous till you have some guy running around with question marks all over his sweater. I don't want to see the show become a ridiculous caricature of what it was. Go back and watch the Ecclestian and Tennat years, and I think you will see what I mean.

    Also, Moffat must get a piece of the licensing for the Weeping Angels as there creator or something. He really loves trying to shove those down our throat.

  • Thewonderer

    While Moffat does have a huge ego, I'm confused as to how everything you're saying didn't apply to Davies who was generic and repeated storylines over and over. At least Moffat continues to try new things and I appreciate that.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Trying new things is cool, and I am not sure I would accept your criticism of Davies that he only repeated himself, but like I said, being new just for the sake of being new and breaking the rules of your universe constantly is the big downer for me. Throwing things up without "earning" it is a downer for me. It might just be a matter of style, and you appreciate Davies style, and I do not. That is fine, as I mentioned in my post, I can only say why I don't like Moffat. Sometimes I enjoy stories he tells. Blink is undoubtedly one of my favorites. It may not even necessarily be him. Part of the problem I think is the constant need to have a bigger spectacle than the previous season. They have to keep outdoing themselves, which I think is part of the problem instead of just sitting back and telling nifty stories about all the great places in the universe a time traveling alien and his current pet human can go to.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    The Doctor's offended look when Clara asked about his eyebrows and his reply "they're just... delicate" made me laugh so hard.

  • Irina

    Say what you want about Moffat, but he really wrapped up everything with a nice little bow: The Silence, the crack in the wall, Trenzalore, the Church and the faction that split up and tried to kill The Doctor by creating River, Silence Will Fall, and of course, the oldest question, Doctor Who?
    Yea it wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable all the way through.
    And yay for the Drunk Giraffe!

  • LaineyBobainey

    "Fuckity Hi" is my new favorite thing!

    I had really no idea what was going on throughout most of the episode, but I still really enjoyed it and was moved by it. I was a teary mess once the bow tie fell. I never thought I'd end up caring for Matt Smith's Doctor, but as I've said before, once the Pond Woman was gone, I found that I liked him quite a bit. I definitely enjoyed him with Clara. I realllly like her and like their energy together. I'm looking forward to Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi.

    This episode didn't have the same "Chrismassy" feel for me as the usual Christmas shows, and again, I was confused by a lot of it, but when it was over, I had a bittersweet smile and lump in my throat, so it did its job.

  • Maddy

    Is it just me or is is super obvious that Eleven cares way more about Amy then Clara? I know other people found it moving, but I was just getting eye-rolly Rose/Martha feelings again. And how does Clara not know who Amy is?!?! And where was my boyfriend Rory?!?! At least River got a mention. I did actually really like this episode, and I was tearing up when Eleven and Clara were saying goodbye even though obviously I knew that he was going to regenerate. That's some good acting right there.

    I think David Tennant and Matt Smith were both brilliant, but I really hope that Peter Capaldi's casting means we don't have to deal with any more romance stuff. It looks like they're keeping his Scottish accent, but they better not change it next season or there will be angry letters. I can't wait!!!!

  • I might believe the Tasha Lem-is-River-Song theory if I thought Moffat could help repeating himself.

    Edit: To clarify, I do think your lead writer is a hack. I am saying he is incapable of writing female characters whose development does not exceed 'spunky/psychopath' and 'fancies male protagonist'. I am hating, on Moffat, the smarmy dickbag. Maximum hate. Hatred, to the max.

  • Zen

    I wish that Cravat Man image was legit, I really do. But alas, the manips are generally more inspired than the officials.

  • Steve Ward

    FUCK IT ALL! I got so very excited for cravats.

  • Fabius_Maximus


    No, no, no, no, no, no, NO! I couldn't get really warm with Matt Smith in this role, but he didn't deserve this mess.

    While some parts of it worked, as a whole, it sucked, like much of series 7. It is as if Moffat has developed a serious case of ADHD or he doesn't care anymore. He needs to go.

    Allegedly, Moffat and Capaldi are already fighting over the direction the show will take. I hope that next year is Moffat's last.

  • Thewonderer

    I think people like you need to go. You babies who keep crying over Moffat are making the show worse than Moffat himself ever did. Moffat is far stronger than Davies, who couldn't help repeating the Daleks and Cybermen every other episode with the exact same generic storylines. Let's not forget the wasted regeneration and the insane focus on making companions completely infatuated with the Doctor, which to be fair was done with Amy but was done away with fairly quick.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Granted, Moffat is the better writer of episodes. His stories under Davies are great. But he apparently doesn't care about the show anymore. Or his ideas ran out after series 6. Davies at least gave a shit until the end.

    Re Amy: You mean the women who wanted to fuck the Doctor on her wedding day? Clara apparently was also in love with him, as Moffat just told us (as opposed to show it to us). Frankly, I wouldn't have noticed it, because the character's still an empty shell.

    Btw, you get an A for effort for the ad hominems. They are not really creative, however, so you better get back to the drawing board.

  • Thewonderer

    Series 7 wasn't the best, but I liked well enough. Maybe it's because I can sit down and enjoy a show, unlike you, a grinch. Davies gave a shit till the end? With a duplicate David Tennant doctor, fake regeneration, and sappy real regeneration? Davies cared even less than Moffat about the original rules of the show. The doctor is never supposed to be completely depressed during a regeneration.

    I said Amy was a problem in the beginning but ultimately chose Rory didn't she? Unlike Rose who treats Mickey like a piece of crap until the end. Moffat lies very clearly, and in the christmas special she jokes about the doctor being her boyfriend. Jokes.

    Doctor Who has ALWAYS from its inception in the 1960s never made sense. The storylines have always been over the top and self contradicting. That's part of the love of the show. It's nonsensical and we love seeing great actors in the main roles try to make sense of it all.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Oh, you're a purist, then. That disqualifies you from any kind of discussion about the subject, because you're clearly not interested in one.

  • basse buus

    It was really not okay. I hope Capaldi is trying to cut down on the voiceover, since I feel that Moffat has gotten the false impression that it is one of his forces.

  • A. Smith

    It's weird because I didn't get into the show through Smith, I got in through a few episodes with Tennant my first full episode with him was The End of Time which oddly enough introduced Smith. After that I pretty much binge watched (a few times) from Eccleston to Tennant to Smith with series 7b being my first live season. The reason for starting full time came because of Bucky's girlfriend coming aboard (and tumblr gifs of Asylum of the Daleks).

    After seeing Smith's run, my issues never came out of his performance which I thought were great. Although my first glimpse of him in End of Time was "who's Mr. Rock-n-roll here?" that said he had me after Eleventh Hour it's just the stories afterward lost me until series 7b. I don't think Amy, Rory, River or Clara were the issues, it just seemed like the stories seemed to aim insanely high (much like this year's Christmas Special) yet never fulfill their promise.

  • Maddy

    I thought it worked as a showcase for Matt Smith, who got to play so many different versions of the Doctor and was a good sendoff in that regard, but a lot of the plot seemed inconsistent and/or illogical. Or maybe I'm just super dense. At this point I've just come to terms with not understanding things about Doctor Who and just trying to enjoy it for what it is.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    The issue is primarily that there was no plot. Moffat had one thing to accomplish here, which was just getting the Doctor some more regenerations, but he evidently couldn't come up with a real story to build around that so instead he opted to have the Doctor die of old age and distract us from the lack of plot with voiceovers and gratuitous action scenes.

    Also, I'm afraid I don't forgive Moffat for basically burying Matt Smith in old people makeup (however good it was) for most of his final performance. But I'm sure it all made Moffat feel wonderful, writing the final generation and faking being epic and everything. Everything's really about Moffat's ego these days.

  • Emm82

    I always thought Matt Smith had such sad eyes :(

  • Lauren_Lauren


  • Ian Fay

    I'm firmly on board with the Head Nun Lady being River.

    Regarding Clara and Rose's apartments being the same, they're just council flats, aka the British version of the projects. I'd assume quite a few of them all share the same design.

  • foolsage

    Or perhaps Rose lived next door to Clara. How would anyone but the Doctor know? He wouldn't be likely to tell anyone, anyhow. ;)

  • A. Smith

    Someone has a theory that Clara's mom (Ellie) and Rose's mom (Jackie) used to be friends. This is evidenced in the Bells of Saint John prequel where Ellie was talking to a blond haired woman with a hairstyle similar to Jackie and the first shot before young Clara sat with the Doctor was two kids running in the park, presumably Rose and Mickey. Is this true? It hasn't been disproved, and probably won't be since Rose & Jackie are in another dimension and Mickey's moved on getting married to Martha.

  • foolsage

    Huh, that's a good theory.

  • A. Smith

    What'll really cook your noodle is that the two may have went shopping the day of the auton attack except Ellie was killed while Jackie wasn't (why shopping, Ellie died 5 March 2005, the day the episode Rose took place). Chew on this. The day of the attack Rose left to travel with the Doctor and didn't come back until a year later. That means for a year, she may have lost her friend and daughter on the same day.

    Someday the Doctor will have to bring up with Clara, that he may have been partially responsible for the attack that killed her mother. That's going to be rough to watch.

  • John W

    I'm looking forward to the Peter Capaldi era.

  • Guest

    I disagree with the last one, but great list J.R.!

    Nope to theories 1 and 2.

    Looking forward to the recap and everyones thoughts next week.

    *I loved the first 10 and last 10 minutes but the middle was a bit of a mess. I know 11 (/13?) will always be Amy's Doctor and was so happy to see her again but was sad Clara and Matt didn't get a similar goodbye/moment (*I just really wanted them to hug before he regenerated because that's so what I wanted to do in those final moments) and was so mad she so easily forgave him for sending her away (TWICE!).

    **So long Matt, you'll always be my Doctor. Hello 12 (/14?/1?)! (Thank god they let he keep his accent!) August 2014 is so far a way!

    ***That "Adventure has a new face has" is FVCKING TERRIBLE and thankfully fan made and not from the BBC.

    ****I'm going to miss this:


    Jenna and Matt are so amazing together (sorry for all the sos).

  • BWeaves

    "Fuckity Hi" cracked me up. It's what I was thinking.

    I really hope they don't do the whole, "The regeneration's going wrong. I must spend the next episode comatose." thing again. I feel like regeneration is a lot like menstruation. The first couple of times it happens you stay home in bed, and then after that you say, "Oh, that again," and you get on with your life.

    P.S. Loved this list! I guess I should have said that first!

    P.P.S. I really liked Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor. I didn't necessarily like all his episodes, but that's true of a lot of series. I also wish we could have more 10 vs. 11 banter. They worked well together.

  • emmalita

    I'm upvoting you mostly for the menstruation description.

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