So, have you guys watched the episode yet? What did you think?
I'm too sad right now, and I need to rewatch it before talking about it in detail. But in short, I really loved the episode.
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It's weird I loved it, and hated it. Everything felt well done, it tied up Matt's arc nicely, his aging throughout the episode was bittersweet, and the Timelords saving him and allowing him to have another regeneration was a very surprising way to deal with give him more regeneration's.
It was weird though, because we knew that John Hurt was now the 9th Doctor, which should have only pushed Matt up to 12, meaning Peter Capaldi should have been able to happen anyway (regenerate 12 times, meaning the 13th should be the final form), but they threw a regeneration away on a mediocre gag, just to build up the tension of "will he regenerate" which is pointless because we know he will because they spoiled it for us around 6 months ago.
I guess that's where my disliking for the episode comes in, knowing that Matt wasn't going to make it, that Capaldi was taking over, i wish they wouldn't tell us these things, let it be a shock when the Doctor dies and is replaced, most TV shows try there best not to have spoilers leaked, but Doctor Who goes out of it's way to spoil itself.
Kinda meh, and disappointing final to matt smith, should of done a separate episode for this instead of forcing the Christmas stuff in. The tree cyberman was kinda cool, but everything else felt dragged and all over the place, forcing stuff in that makes no sence such as the cracks in time back. We was all just waiting for the regeneration, which everyone knew was going to happen because they fucking told us. Hope next series have better writting, cause last few series has been all over the place, making laws and physics of the dr.who universe to fit episodes.
It was pretty damn great. Christmas was the perfect time for Matt Smith to bow out considering the playful nature that defined his version of The Doctor; and it was nice to see him finally live up to the title of the 'Raggedy Man'. The end had me in tears. Matt Smith is not my favorite Doctor but he has been so great. Really sad to see him go, but he had a wonderful little speech at the end, and him taking off the bow-tie was a brilliant little touch. I can not wait for Capaldi to take over the role next season.
One thing that has always amazed me is that no matter the face, you can always sense 'The Doctor' under the surface of all of the Doctors regeneration. Even when you go back and watch older episodes, the actor, looks, etc. might be completely different but it is always still The Doctor. When Capaldi appeared I felt the same way.
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