Paul McGann as the Doctor The Night of the Doctor

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Paul McGann as the Doctor The Night of the Doctor

My review of Steven Moffat’s sur­prise Doc­tor Who episode with Paul McGann

Sum­mary: The prospect of his death won’t make the Doc­tor fight the Time war but what about some­one else’s?

Plot: A young gun­nery offi­cer send out a dis­tress sig­nal as she is crash­ing, the ship indi­cates she needs a doc­tor and to her sur­prise the 8th doc­tor appears. On hear­ing she saved all the oth­ers on the ship he invites her aboard lead­ing her to the back of the ship to the TARDIS. When she real­izes the Doc­tor is a Time Lord she closes the door refus­ing to go with him. His protests that he has noth­ing to do with the time war do not move her as she com­pares them unfa­vor­ably to the Daleks. Will the Doc­tor be able to save her or will her ship con­tinue to plunge toward the planet Karn and what will the sis­ter­hood have in store with them?

Writ­ing: Stephen Mof­fat has cre­ated a gem, he brings out the best of the 8th Doc­tor while illus­trat­ing just how far the time lords have fallen. It’s one of the tight­est writ­ten pieces he has ever done.

Act­ing: Paul McGann soars in only his sec­ond tele­vi­sion appear­ance. remind­ing all what they are miss­ing if they haven’t been get­ting the big fin­ish episodes. Emma Campbell-​Jones is com­pletely believ­able as Cass and Clare Hig­gins as great as you might expect from an award win­ning actress.

Mem­o­rable Moments: every­one else was scream­ing, Who can tel the dif­fer­ence, bring me knit­ting, the Big Fin­ish Com­pan­ions become Canon

Odd­i­ties: The sug­ges­tion is that regen­er­a­tion almost totally ran­dom but Romana was able to shop bod­ies at will.

Pet Peeves: Why couldn’t the doc­tor sim­ply open the TARDIS door and dive in or mate­ri­al­ize the TARDIS around the ship?

Great Quote(s):

8th Doc­tor:Well look at the bright side at least I’m not a Dalek

Cass:Who can tell the dif­fer­ence anymore?

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Ohila:We restored you to life but it’s a tem­po­rary mea­sure, you have a lit­tle under four min­utes.
8th Doc­tor:4 min­utes? That’s ages. What if I get board or need a Tele­vi­sion or a cou­ple of books. Any­one for Chess? Bring me Knit­ting!

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8th Doc­tor:You’re the sis­ter­hood of Karn. Keep­ers of the flame of utter bore­dom
Ohila:Eter­nal life.
8th Doc­tor:That’s the one.

Final Ver­dict: 5 Stars you don’t get much bet­ter than this.

It would be unfair to rank this with the Matt Smith episodes because Mof­fat didn’t have to stretch it to a full episode but if I was to rank it, for the sea­son, it would be 2nd in the sea­son and 3rd over­all in the Matt Smith era.

1. The Bells of St. John
2. The Crim­son Hor­ror
3. The Power of three
4. The Name of the Doc­tor
5. The Snow­men
6. Night­mare in Sil­ver
7. The Doc­tor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
8. Dinosaurs on a Space­ship
9. Jour­ney to the Cen­tre of the Tardis
10. Cold War
11. A Town Called Mercy
12. Asy­lum of the Daleks
13. The Rings of Akhaten
14. Hide
15. The Angels Take Manhattan

Rank­ing in Matt Smith Era to this point (top 10 shown)

1. The Bells of St. John
2. Let’s Kill Hitler
3. The Girl who waited
4. The Doctor’s Wife
5. The Pan­dor­ica Opens
6. A Good Man Goes to War
7. The Eleventh Hour
8. The Big Bang
9. The Crim­son Hor­ror
10. The Lodger

My review of Steven Moffat’s surprise Doctor Who episode with Paul McGann

Summary: The prospect of his death won’t make the Doctor fight the Time war but what about someone else’s?

Plot:   A young gunnery officer send out a distress signal as she is crashing, the ship indicates she needs a doctor and to her surprise the 8th doctor appears. On hearing she saved all the others on the ship he invites her aboard leading her to the back of the ship to the TARDIS. When she realizes the Doctor is a Time Lord she closes the door refusing to go with him. His protests that he has nothing to do with the time war do not move her as she compares them unfavorably to the Daleks. Will the Doctor be able to save her or will her ship continue to plunge toward the planet Karn and what will the sisterhood have in store with them?

Writing:   Stephen Moffat has created a gem, he brings out the best of the 8th Doctor while illustrating just how far the time lords have fallen. It’s one of the tightest written pieces he has ever done.

Acting:   Paul McGann soars in only his second television appearance. reminding all what they are missing if they haven’t been getting the big finish episodes. Emma Campbell-Jones is completely believable as Cass and Clare Higgins as great as you might expect from an award winning actress.

Memorable Moments: everyone else was screaming, Who can tel the difference, bring me knitting, the Big Finish Companions become Canon

Oddities:  The suggestion is that regeneration almost totally random but Romana was able to shop bodies at will.

Pet Peeves:  Why couldn’t the doctor simply open the TARDIS door and dive in or materialize the TARDIS around the ship?

Great Quote(s):

8th Doctor:Well look at the bright side at least I’m not a Dalek

Cass:Who can tell the difference anymore?

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Ohila:We restored you to life but it’s a temporary measure, you have a little under four minutes.
8th Doctor:4 minutes? That’s ages. What if I get board or need a Television or a couple of books. Anyone for Chess? Bring me Knitting!

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8th Doctor:You’re the sisterhood of Karn. Keepers of the flame of utter boredom
Ohila:Eternal life.
8th Doctor:That’s the one.

Final Verdict: 5 Stars you don’t get much better than this.

It would be unfair to rank this with the Matt Smith episodes because Moffat didn’t have to stretch it to a full episode but if I was to rank it, for the season, it would be 2nd in the season and 3rd overall in the Matt Smith era.

1. The Bells of St. John
2. The Crimson Horror
3. The Power of three
4. The Name of the Doctor
5. The Snowmen
6. Nightmare in Silver
7. The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
8. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
9. Journey to the Centre of the Tardis
10. Cold War
11. A Town Called Mercy
12. Asylum of the Daleks
13. The Rings of Akhaten
14. Hide
15. The Angels Take Manhattan

Ranking in Matt Smith Era to this point (top 10 shown)

1. The Bells of St. John
2. Let’s Kill Hitler
3. The Girl who waited
4. The Doctor’s Wife
5. The Pandorica Opens
6. A Good Man Goes to War
7. The Eleventh Hour
8. The Big Bang
9. The Crimson Horror
10. The Lodger