Fifty years ago, a small low-budget TV show started airing on BBC. Featuring a mysterious old man from another planet and his time machine, Doctor Who became an overnight sensation and has become one of the longest-running science fiction franchises. Last weekend, Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in style. Who would have thought that that small black-and-white show with the wobbly sets and starring the old man who can’t seem to remember his lines become this big – and effectively take over half of the posts of this blog in the process?
To celebrate the 50th year of Doctor Who, Ade and Comicgasm co-editor RJ will sit down and talk about the festivities connected with the anniversary.
WARNING: SPOILERS AND CAPS LOCK AHEAD!
Ade: Before anything else, here’s a reminder: the Philippines needs your help after Typhoon Yolanda left Tacloban and parts of Visayas in shambles, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. I didn’t want to join in the noise by writing a blog post about it and be accused of jumping in the SEO bandwagon, but at the same time I didn’t want Yolanda to be unacknowledged. So there.
RJ: I do believe that this is the first time I’m writing for your blog after the 1:43 fiasco. God knows what kind of trouble we’d end up in this time.
Ade: HEY 1:43! YOUR BAND SUCKS STINKY SWEATY SALTY BALLS. Aaaand that’s the sound of angry fanboys going to my blog. Dude, we have an audience! Let’s do this.
RJ: Let me just say that the 50th Anniversary Special is AMAZING. This will probably be our longest round table review yet, to the point where you (yes, you!) would stop reading half way.
Ade: You’d stop reading halfway and start to wonder what it is you’re doing with your life and possibly make some life-changing decisions and in the process find God.
RJ: We’re going to offend all sorts of people in this post, aren’t we? CAN WE START THE REVIEW YET?
Ade: STEVEN MOFFAT IS AN AMAZING WRITER AND HE MAKES VARIED AND FULLY-REALIZED FEMALE CHARACTERS (Dude! I can hear the butthurt from here!)
RJ: AT LEAST HIS FINALES DOESN’T SUCK BALLS LIKE RUSSELL T. DAVIES’. God damn, does he like his deus ex- WAIT, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE SPECIAL PLEASE.
Ade: Before I watched The Day of the Doctor, I expected three things:
- Tennant-Smith Bromance
- John Hurt scene-chewery
- Restoration of Gallifrey
And god DAMN did Moffat deliver and then some.
RJ: I only really wanted one thing: the Tennant-Smith Bromance. Because it’s futile to expect anything else from the misleading bastard that is Steven Moffat. More on that later.
Ade: So we start with the classic Doctor Who opening titles – in fact, the exact same opening they used for An Unearthly Child! The 1963 version of the theme song is my favorite, so hearing it used on the show again is great. Then it fades out to Clara teaching in the same school Susan used to go to.
RJ: As usual, Moffat does not even bother explaining ANYTHING regarding the events of The Name of The Doctor. Because Steven Moffat is an asshole. I like the part where Clara rides a motorcycle into the TARDIS and the door opens by itself. It shows that the TARDIS likes Clara. Who wouldn’t? Look at her. She’s adorable!
Ade: Yeah! Amy who? Anyway, stupid UNIT picks up the TARDIS via helicopter with the Doctor and Clara inside. The Doctor almost falls to his certain death, because the geniuses at UNIT thought it was a good idea to take a time machine where their most valuable asset lives and transport it via helicopter. It’s not like the TARDIS can materialize in and out of places, right?the day of the doctor, the day of the doctor sucked, the day of the doctor sucks