The Day of the Doctor

Regeneration. It's a lottery.


The Day of the Doctor
Consequences will never be the same.
Consequences will never be the same.
Season: 50th Specials
Episode: 50th
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Air date 23 November 2013
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Nick Hurran
Episode guide
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But that's not possible.
Gallifrey falls no more.
Continuing the tradition of The Five Doctors.
'roundabouts 20 people losing their shit simultaneously. Bravo Moffuck.

The Day of the Doctor (originally titled Moffat jingles his keys in front of fanboys) was the Eighth Anniversary Special of NuWho.

It was a terrible anniversary special but it was officially better than Dimensions in Time.

Doctors

It starred all two Doctors from the show's 50-year history - Chinny, Sandshoes and a new Doctor because Moffat couldn't rape get Ecclescake and was too stupid to get McGann back (well except for Night). Tom Baker was also shoehorned into the episode to justify it being an anniversary special, but like all other nostalgia nods in the story they add absolutely nothing to the plot.

On a serious note it's funny how much Doctor Who jerks itself off claiming that "Regeneration was the most ingenious idea in television history" but they can't think of a reason to justify the classic Doctors looking older.

Plot

The story starts off with Pancakes McGee riding her motorcycle after which The Eleventh Doctor wants to give her his syrup but can't because The Brig's daughter starts being a complete arse.

Then there's some shit with multiple incarnations of The Orthodontist. The Eleventh Doctor interrupts the Tenth Doctor trying to fuck a Zygon in the forest when suddenly the War Doctor turns up and they all go to jail for interspecies arseplay until Clara saves them so they can walk out of a painting together in slow motion.

After Ten marries The Queen, the three Docs are trying to fuck The Moment in a barn when Clara does a speech and it turns out the Time War was all just a dream. Thomas Bakery appears for nostalgia and the credits roll.

Pietro also appears in a deathstare cameo.

Reception

It's actually really good and one of the best Doctor Who stories. But /who/ has autism as per usual and believes a Five Doctors-style fanwank fest would work on TV and not be a complete laughing stock.

However if you're looking for an anniversary special featuring the classic Doctors and companions, look no further than The Five(ish) Doctors or The Light at the End - Big Finish's Never Say Never Again to Moffat's Octopussy.

Lore

So, the big hits:

  • The Time War is retconned, but in one of those sneaky ways where you can still read the preceding 7 years as being the same.
    • Arguably, the version presented in Day of the Doctor makes more sense, as the Time Lock doesn't seem to ever work in any story except The End of Time.
  • The Tenth Doctor's segment takes place between The Waters of Mars and The End of Time, which is pretty amusing since everything he regrets doing in Waters he goes on to do again only a thousand times bigger in Day.
  • The War Doctor is hyped up in Name and Night of the Doctor as being totally different and hardcore, only to turn out to be just like every other Doctor. Bravo Moffat.
  • The Zygon Diaspora is introduced, and gets dealt with in the Zygon Inv two-parter.
  • The Target Novelization of The Day of the Doctor is so dense even light cannot escape it, dropping some Moffat-sized bombs about the War, about UNIT and the Stewarts, and about the War Doctor.
  • The search for Gallifrey story arc begins here and basically ends here, too.

Quotes

  • Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about?
  • Do you have to talk like children?
  • Whatever you've got planned, forget it! I'm the Doctor. I'm 904 years old. I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I'm the Oncoming Storm, the Bringer of Darkness, and you... are basically just a rabbit, aren't you? Ok, carry on... just a... general... warning...
  • I demand to be incarcerated in the tower immediately with my co-conspirators, Sandshoes and Granddad.
  • Someday you could just walk past a fez.
  • Who nose?

Gallery