Doctor Who TV series has 50th anniversary episode


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The television show Dr. Who had it’s 50th anniversary show.

Michelle Leddon, Staff Reporter

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Doctor Who has officially been soaring through time and space to reach television screens for 50 years. To celebrate, there was a 75 minute simulcast episode called The Day of the Doctor, which was a bit different from anything else the BBC hit has produced.

While the show traditionally only has one doctor that takes a new form every few seasons, this commercial-free special incorporated three of his reincarnations existing simultaneously.

The on screen chemistry throughout the episode was enjoyable, particularly the interactions between the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor (played by David Tennant and Matt Smith), and the version of himself he has always avoided (played by John Hurt) blended in but spiced up the storyline.

Thankfully past companion (typically a friend of the Doctor’s who travels with him through time and space), Rose Tyler (played by Billie Piper) and current companion Clara Oswald (played by Jenna Coleman) did not feel forced throughout the episode. Sadly, there was no reference or mention of the romantic relationship between the Tenth Doctor and Rose that is widely loved by viewers. In fact, their characters have little to no time on screen time together and Piper’s character tended to interact with Hurt. Despite this, it was certainly nice seeing her on the show again.

The script written by showrunner Steven Moffat was complex, gripping, touching and showcased how far the series has come since it’s start in the 1960s. It did not seem like certain characters were ignored for the sake of giving the greatest dialogue to fan favorites, but blended naturally and with ease. The character that seemed to have the best arch throughout the 75 minute special was the Eleventh doctor and Matt Smith’s performance was superb and it will be interesting to see what happens to his character until his exit from Doctor Who during the annual Christmas episode.

The 50th anniversary special was certainly a major risk, but it was entertaining and refreshing, and despite how lovely it was seeing the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler again, it will be best seeing where the story takes the Eleventh Doctor and his companion, Clara. It was certainly a glorious day for The Doctor.