Night of the Doctor: Collected Reactions

While the rest of the net focuses on the President’s lame attempt to be king by changing law by fiat (unconstitutional) and shift blame for his failures to the Insurance industry (unscrupulous) or the attempts of pro abortion groups to use feminists as suckers (uncomplicated) at DaTechGuy Blog we want to focus on what really matters: How the Doctor Who Mini Episode was received?

We’ve already established it made my day as for everyone else, the reactions were fast and furious but Entertainment Weekly really nailed the priorities of Dr. Who fans concerning this:

Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Then you need to stop what you’re doing  — be it driving a car, flying a plane, or talking about how you didn’t sexually harass a member of your mayoral staff — and watch the just-released video below, which contains a big surprise and sets up the forthcoming 50th anniversary special show, which debuts November 23.

Sydney Morning Herald:

The internet exploded overnight with the release of an epic Doctor Who mini-episode that revealed key details about the character’s past and saw the return of a beloved actor.

The Metro found 10 amazing things:

Love the frock coat, love the waistcoat, love the necktie (neckties are cool) and the S-belt too. The shirt bears a slight resemblance to Patrick Troughton’s scruffy attire and is plain filthy – but then there is a war going on. The eighth Doctor is a long way off from the immaculate Edwardian gentleman from Doctor Who: The Movie – and that’s no bad thing.

And check out the screwdriver too, like Pertwee’s and a lot like Tom Baker’s. When will it be in the shops?

That’s actually the image from the last Dr. Who audio mini series

Den of Geek:

McGann nails it, basically, and the fact that he never got a full series seems even more of a shame.

More please, will go the cry, though realistically it’s unlikely to happen. Screw realism though. Love Big Finish as we do, there’s just something about seeing him on television that is indescribably exciting.


yes, what appears to be a major revelation about the nature of John Hurt’s character in Day of the Doctor can be found below. Check it out at your own risk, although this is apparently the way the BBC and Stephen Moffat have elected to reveal.

The Mirror:

There’s one surprise that nothing can beat. The Eighth Doctor’s glorious reappearance. Having previously only appeared in 1996’s TV Movie, it seemed that Paul McGann’s Doctor would be forever consigned to DVD replays when the series was revived without him in 2005. But here he is… And what an entrance. Moffat didn’t just pick up from the movie, he couldn’t. In a short amount of time he gave us an Eighth Doctor with history.

Older of face, shorter of hair and far more practical of togs, the dashing Time Lord was back with a tonne of baggage. The main revelation amongst the jaw-dropping surprise? The Doctor became involved in the Great Time War at a fairly late stage. It’s amazing he managed to dodge the Time Lords for so long, but it means that he gets the best of both worlds. Here the Eighth Doctor gets to be the dashing hero, sharp-tongued wit as well as catalyst for the 50th Special all in one go.

The Atlantic Wire:

One other interesting element of “The Night of the Doctor” is that it seems to canonize a major part of the show’s fan-built universe. Doctor Who, like other big, geeky properties such as Star Wars, has a very large expanded world via both official and unlicensed comics, novels, and audio plays. Much of this added content formed in the years the show was off the air between 1989 and 2005 (not counting McGann’s movie). In “The Night of the Doctor,” the Doctor mentions the names of companions from the Big Finish audio stories. So, it would seem that Big Finish’s work—created by a third party, not the BBC—is now fair game for the TV series. Fans should be geeked at the possibilities afforded to the show by access to these worlds. They should also be geeked about the fact that for its most momentous episode ever, Doctor Who might just be as cunning and inventive as its protagonist.

As a big finish fan that’s huge for me.

The Telegraph:

McGann’s reprisal of the role follows Colin Baker statement that he, Sylvester McCoy and McGann were not “deemed worthy of inclusion” in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor.

a bit if misdirection there but not a lie.

Buzzfeed quotes the biggest misdirection of all:

So he wasn’t technically lying when he said this.


I was a bit dismayed, a bit gutted, but [the older Doctors] are not in it. There are all kinds of rumours doing the rounds. One gets tired of trying to refute things on Twitter and the like, but – take it from me – I’m not in it.


There are more clues to both the 50th anniversary episode and the larger Doctor Who mythology hidden within the episode — note how the Time Lords are perceived, and how scared Cass is of the Doctor — but for now, consider the episode an unexpected early birthday present from the BBC to the Doctor. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see more such things between now and the November 23 global simulcast of “The Day of the Doctor.”

While there were some who saw an agenda everyone as a rule loved what was on the screen we have to head back to the Den of Geek for the best observation of the day:

The Eighth Doctor’s decision in The Night of the Doctor fits cleverly with the events of his Big Finish arc (and that seems to be the one that Moffat has settled on, which makes sense over the comics and the books because Big Finish’s Eighth Doctor series is ongoing). Indeed, I know a fair few people who are going to be crying over this, because it is really tragic. You can still see traces of ‘These shoes! They fit perfectly!’ in McGann’s performance. If you don’t know the Eighth Doctor backstory, I’d imagine it’s still a moving scene.

Remember that voice of the Daleks Nick Briggs is the boss at Big Finish I’m wondering in the back of my head if Briggs made sure the direction of the character headed where Moffat wanted it to go.
Anyways it’s an episode worth watching over and over and if you still haven’t seen it, here it is again:

After all you can’t have too much of a quality product.