Dr Who … fifty years onPosted: November 24, 2013
I must admit that the pre-broadcast hype had worried me … but for once the actuality was better than what was ‘promised’. I felt that whilst it drew a line under the previous fifty years, the story left lots of potential plot lines for the future … and past!
I thought that John Hurt was exactly right for the role of the new/old Doctor. His portrayal of the Doctor who has to confront the most difficult challenge of his life – whether or not to destroy his own people in order to end the Time War – was finely balanced … and in some ways harked back to William Hartnell’s portrayal whilst giving just a glimpse of someone who could turn into the later Doctors. It was interesting to see Billie Piper as the physical manifestation of the conscience of the ultimate weapon. She looked like Rose Tyler … but wasn’t her … or was she?
I particularly enjoyed the intriguing cameo performance by Tom Baker towards the end of the show – which posed as many questions as it answered! – as well as the composite image at the very end that showed all the Doctors together.
Roll on the next fifty years! I will certainly continue watch … and I am looking forward to seeing Peter Capaldi as the ‘new’ Doctor.