'Day of the Doctor' Clip: 10+11=Nifty, it's Math
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'Day of the Doctor' Clip: 10+11=Nifty, it's Math

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 18, 2013 | Comments ()


I have been less than a fan of the Matt Smith years of Doctor Who, and have been so publicly in both text and on one memorable occasion, a podcast. Very exciting. As I’ve said, Steven Moffat has been responsible for some of the most fantastic and emotionally gut punching moments of Doctor Who. But he has also been responsible for the Matt Smith years of hollow emotion in which we’re told something dramatic is going to happen, fancy words and dramatic music swell, and then we’re moving on before anyone notices that the emotional moment was not in fact earned by any plot. It’s felt cheap and manipulative.

Of course the worst offender in this (The Wedding of River Song) was followed by a quite wonderful Christmas episode, mostly because it was forced to jettison the big Doctor stuff in order to deal narrowly with the story of a family. There was some dust in my eyes near the end. Except for when my mind kept demanding where the rest of the crew of the bomber was, and why didn’t they get to go to their families? See, classic Moffat. Gets your heart so riled up, your brain’s having an aneurysm over in the corner.

But it’s a testament to how much I really want to like this show, that I not only keep watching the bloody thing, but get terribly excited whenever new clips and such come out. So this clip is lovely. Plus it has Tennant, which is also a lovely thing.

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  • BWeaves

    Anyone else think the caveman/woman that used to be in the painting was Leela? He/she looked like they were wearing a leather bikini to me.

  • Daniel Lewis

    I enjoy Matt Smith more than I did Tennant. Tennant was great, but Matt Smith is amazing to me.

  • Matt Smith is a lot like Patrick Troughton and Patrick Troughton is my favorite Classic Doctor. I still haven't decided if Troughton or Smith is my favorite overall.

  • SVR

    I was SO excited when Moffat took over. He was responsible for some of my favorite episodes when Davies was showrunner, but I too have been less enthusiastic about Moffat's Who. Which is a shame, because I find Matt Smith wonderful. I'm still very much looking forward to this special. I hope that Moffat pulls it off. And I am excited to see 10 again. He's my Doctor.

  • Jamie Tye

    totally agree. Matt Smith is brilliant as the doctor and i thought that amy and rory were good companions too but Moffat keeps trying to rush things and gets too caught up thinking he's being really clever and its a shame because there is a lot of potential. Matt Smith is cool though

  • BWeaves

    I really like Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor. I just don't like the episodes he's been given.

  • SVR

    Precisely. When I watch a Moffat episode, I'm often impressed by a clever turn of phrase, or a unique idea, but I'm pretty much always impressed by Matt Smith. But the stories? The arcs, or character development, or supporting characters? My feelings range from indifferent to outright dislike. The only reason I've continued watching is because Smith is so wonderful.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I so will steal the idea with the paintings.

  • bleujayone

    Anyone else notice the painting behind Clara when the Doctor steals the fez is populated with Cybermen? Also, why was that particular section's floor covered with sand?

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