Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor (2013) Review

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“The Day Of The Doctor”, penned by series showrunner Steven Moffat, is a rather special episode of Doctor Who (with higher production values than usual), that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Before I dive into the nitty gritty of this review, I just want to say the fact that this episode exists at all is remarkable. There have been so many sci-fi series created over the years that never managed to get picked up beyond their pilot, or never really got off the ground beyond their first season, or they did have a nice, respectable run for a while but faded into obscurity once the series was wrapped up and they were slowly forgotten about. Doctor Who was created at just the right time – the middle of the 20th century, the golden age of science fiction – and the show blew up.

The core premise of the show – a time traveler and his friends wandering through the universe in a big blue box, solving problems in history every week – was an exciting one, because it meant the show could go anywhere at anytime the audience could imagine. The fact that the lead actor could easily step down and be replaced by someone else whenever it was necessary (due to the Doctor’s ability to ‘regenerate’) definitely played a large part in the series’ longevity, and I would say part of the fun of this series is seeing each subsequent actor bring something new and different to the role of the Doctor. Not only did Doctor Who stay on the air for decades, but when it was eventually cancelled in 1989, the show was revived from the dead a decade and a half later in 2005 and the modern incarnation of it blew up as well, appealing to people around the world as well as the UK. As far as television shows go, Doctor Who is truly something special, and the men and women who have worked on it over the years should feel proud of their legacy.

I’ve mentioned before that Doctor Who’s seventh season had a very troubled, chaotic production, as the series’ showrunner Steven Moffat nearly stretched himself too thin trying to handle a number of different challenges at once – and no episode epitomizes that chaos better than “The Day Of The Doctor”. In the months leading up to the 50th anniversary special, Christopher Eccleston decided not to return to the show for a guest appearance, for the same reason he left the series in the first place (the unhealthy work environment he had to deal with in Series 1, along with being blacklisted by the BBC after his departure, left a bad taste in his mouth). And Moffat’s next logical choice for a guest star was off-limits as well, since the BBC executives officially put the kibosh on making Paul McGann the Doctor who ended the time war, therefore John Hurt’s War Doctor had to be created fairly late in the game out of necessity.

Meanwhile, Matt Smith’s contract to appear in three seasons of Doctor Who officially ended with the previous episode, “The Name Of The Doctor“, and some negotiations had to be done with him to get him to appear in two more episodes to wrap up his tenure. There was also no guarantee that David Tennant would accept Moffat’s offer to return to the show as the Tenth Doctor, so for a long time the only person who was officially locked in to appear in this episode was Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald. Moffat has gone on record that he actually created a version of this episode’s script where Clara had to carry the entire show by herself, as a back-up plan for a worst-case scenario, and needless to say, that would have been a disaster. Just imagine a 50th anniversary special that’s meant to celebrate the legacy of this franchise, where the title character is almost entirely absent and the person who takes center stage is a companion who was only introduced nine episodes earlier. Thank goodness that didn’t happen, for Clara’s sake and Steven Moffat’s, because the internet would have blasted them both if it did. 

As it stands, “The Day Of The Doctor” was quite an event in November 2013 that sits alongside “The End Of Time” (the Tenth Doctor’s swansong), and “The Impossible Astronaut / Day Of The Moon” (the time the Doctor and his gang traveled to America). Not only was it broadcast on television like Doctor Who always is, but it was also released in some select theaters around the world. “The Day Of The Doctor” is stuffed to the brim with continuity nods to both Classic Who and New Who, to unite fans of the show from several different generations. David Tennant and Billie Piper, the two most recognizable actors from the RTD era, were brought back for the occasion, to help draw a crowd, and John Hurt, a veteran actor, made his first and only major appearance in the show as the War Doctor. Along with its status as a big birthday bash for Doctor Who as a whole, “The Day Of The Doctor” is also the penultimate episode of the Matt Smith era, and it serves as the middle act of a loose trilogy of episodes that brings the Eleventh Doctor’s character arc to a close.

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Notably, “The Day Of The Doctor” is the first multi-Doctor episode of NuWho: a story where several incarnations of the main character meet (unless you count the minisode, “Time Crash”, from the Tennant years as the first instance). The classic series had several of these back in the day: the main appeal of these episodes is watching the Doctor’s current actor team up with a former one and seeing how well they vibe together. Usually, there’s a lot of bickering and showing off (because twice the Doctor means twice the amount of ego). In “The Day Of The Doctor”, the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and and his new friend Clara are called in by Kate Stewart of UNIT to investigate some strange occurrences involving time lord technology in a museum, and a few Zygons running loose, impersonating people as part of a hostile takeover. This perplexing case (that initially doesn’t seem to be too different from his usual fare) ultimately leads to the Doctor doubling back on his own timeline, when he crosses paths with David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor.

True to his character, Eleven is completely thrilled to be taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane, revisiting his previous life, and it quickly becomes apparent that he hasn’t changed much over the centuries since his time as Ten. Ten’s sarcastic personality clashes with Eleven’s indignant, stroppy nature in a very entertaining way, as the two of them seize every opportunity to wind the other up, and when you toss John Hurt’s War Doctor into the mix too as the long-suffering straight man of the group, things get even better. There are a bunch of different scenes in this episode where the three men are at odds with each other about something – especially whenever the more serious topic of the time war and their role in it is broached, since they all handle their grief and guilt in different ways. But at the end of the day, this episode validates the main lesson of Series 4’s “Forest Of The Dead” (that was also written by Moffat): no matter how young or old he is, or what face he has, the Doctor will always be the Doctor, and the Doctor will always strive to do his best.

“The Day Of The Doctor” does have some narrative weight to it, and some long-lasting consequences, beyond just being seventy-five minutes of gleeful nostalgia and fanservice. This episode is the climax of the time war arc that has followed the Doctor around ever since Russell T. Davies relaunched the show in 2005, and it fully acknowledges how much this storyline has come to define the Doctor’s character and his sense of morality in NuWho. Between the classic series and the new series, the Doctor committed double genocide to stop the Daleks and the time lords from destroying the universe, and had to live with that burden on his soul for lifetimes afterwards. He’s done a lot of reflection over his actions that he told himself were for the greater good over the last seven seasons, and a lot of agonizing over them as well, and in this episode both he and Steven Moffat finally rebukes them for good.

From the War Doctor’s perspective, the final outcome of the time war is still in flux, since all three Doctors are currently part of a stable time loop. The Doctor has been given a once in a lifetime to chance to re-write his own past and make the right choice this time, and he grabs it with both hands. He decides to take an enormous risk and save Gallifrey, by freezing it in a pocket universe. When he calls in for some back-up, we’re treated to the truly awesome sight of thirteen Doctors teaming up and combining their strength to pull off this mission, including one who hasn’t even been born yet (the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, shows up too for a cameo). Thanks to the Doctor’s ingenuity, the mission is a success and as far as anyone else knows, history went unchanged. The Doctor will have no memory of what he did until Eleven’s time, which ensures that Series 1 to 7 will still play out the same with the Doctor still making the same decisions. But Gallifrey is still out there somewhere, hidden away in a pocket universe, and now the Doctor has a brand new mission for the latter half of the Moffat era: finding his old home world again (which eventually pays off in the Series 9 finale, “Hell Bent”).

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Over the course of Series 7, Steven Moffat has been steadily re-introducing continuity from the RTD era that he had previously let rest (so his era in the show could have a fresh start), and that trend comes to a head in this episode, when the Tenth Doctor returns for a guest appearance. This story takes place near the end of Ten’s life (between “The Waters Of Mars” and “The End Of Time”), which was a very turbulent, depressing and directionless period for him. He’s still traveling alone, having sworn off companions entirely after what happened to poor Donna; he’s still running away from the vague and terrifying future that Carmen predicted for him with her ‘four knocks’ prophecy; and he’s still haunted by the horror of what happened with Adelaide Brooke and the Flood. David Tennant steps back into his old role again, after he had been away from the show for three years at the time, and it feels like he never left it, because he’s still just as fun and charismatic as ever. The Tenth Doctor was always designed to be a reckless daredevil and a romantic action hero who was far too clever to be contained, but he’s very much out of his depth for a change in this story and frequently pushed out of his comfort zone.

There are a lot of jokes made at Ten’s expense throughout this special, and most of them involve the Zygons and his new ‘paramour’: the totally lovesick, surprisingly resourceful and impressively ruthless Queen Elizabeth the first. Every time the Doctor tries to be clever and make a brilliant deduction about whether she’s the real deal or a Zygon impostor, he’s always several steps behind everyone else – to say nothing of the kisses Elizabeth and her Zygon duplicate keep springing on him. Back during the RTD era, a lot of people mocked the fact that the Tenth Doctor seemed to be given a gratuitous makeout scene with every major female character that came along (even Donna got one in “The Unicorn And The Wasp“), so this running gag honestly does feel like Doctor Who parodying itself. In “The Shakespeare Code“, we learned the Doctor did something to get on Queen Elizabeth’s bad side for years, and we never found out what it was – until now. As it turns out, the Doctor led her on to solve a case, agreed to marry her, and then ditched her right after the ceremony. Yep, that would do it. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Of course, the highlight of Ten’s role in this episode would be all the scenes he shares with Eleven, his future self. Compared to several other match-ups we’ve seen in previous multi-Doctor stories, Ten and Eleven have a lot in common: they’re both energetic, extroverted and fairly immature incarnations, who can be very boastful and self-assured about their skills. David and Matt have a good amount of onscreen chemistry, and it’s fun to watch their Doctors try to one-up each other when it comes to taking cheap shots at each other’s expense (Eleven in particular can be very savage). But there are some fundamental differences between them as well, which Steven Moffat draws attention to during a scene where all three Doctors are locked up in a cell together. After years of carrying around regrets over the time war, the Eleventh Doctor eventually decided to bury his past and do his best to forget it ever happened, in a failed attempt to move on with his life – because as we all know, Eleven is your classic Stepford Smiler.

As much as the Tenth Doctor likes to avoid the subject of Gallifrey with his friends, his past still means a lot to him. He spent a lot of time working through all that fresh grief, anger and guilt in his last life as Nine, and he tries to use it to hold himself to a mark: he’s come to let his status as the last of the time lords define him. As far as he’s concerned, his future self’s mindset is very shameful and cowardly, and for a few moments, Eleven is not someone he would want to become. Still, all three Doctors are given a much-needed reminder that they’re still the same man at their core, once they’re united under the same cause. The final year of the Tenth Doctor’s life (after “The Waters Of Mars”) was easily his biggest low point, where he basically hit rock bottom, which makes the events of this special, where he rises up again, all the more meaningful for him. The Doctor does what he does best and saves the world by staying true to himself and his principles – finding a third option when there only seems to be two terrible choices available – and as a result, he finally manages to find some measure of redemption for his part in the time war. He can feel some pride in his title again, and even if Ten (like War) will never remember what he did, he still did good in this story.

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The War Doctor is portrayed by the late, great John Hurt, and much like Derek Jacobi’s Master in “Utopia“, he manages to be a pretty memorable character, even if he only appeared in one story. During the gap between the classic series and the modern series, when the time war broke out across the universe and every time lord available was called to fight in it, the Doctor reached a crossroads in his life where he made a decision that would change him forever. He decided to go against his creed – the core principles that he’s held himself to for centuries, that make him who he is as a person – for the greater good of the universe. He spent centuries fighting the Daleks – using every weapon he could find, utilizing his razor sharp intellect against the enemy to deadly effect – until he was almost completely worn out, and it still wasn’t enough. The time lords still met their match, and were still losing ground to the Daleks. 

After centuries of combat, the War Doctor is really feeling his advanced age in the current day, and he’s ready to end the madness of the time war at any cost. The Daleks and the Time Lords are both fully prepared to destroy each other in a war that neither side can win, and they will most certainly take the whole of reality down with them – since Gallifrey’s ruler, Rassilon has completely lost his mind and been consumed by his own god complex. So the Doctor decides to use the Moment, a time lord weapon of mass destruction, to end the war. The Moment is an interesting concept for a plot device: a sentient bomb that has enough self-awareness to go against her basic programming and gain her own conscience. Instead of taking lives, she wants to save as many as possible, and she’s perfectly willing to bend reality to will to prevent anyone from using her devastating powers against their enemies. It’s exactly the sort of bizarre, and strangely touching, idea that you would expect to see from a show like Doctor Who.

The Moment is portrayed by Billie Piper, taking the form of Rose Tyler (the most notable companion from the RTD era who’s strongly tied to the Doctor’s time war arc), and she has a very scatter-brained, enigmatic personality that reminds me a lot of Idris (the TARDIS in human form) from “The Doctor’s Wife“. The Moment appears before the Doctor, on the eve of his terrible decision, and shows him his future, like a Christmas ghost, to try to persuade him to change his mind. As she takes him out of his time, into his personal future, the events of this episode become your classic stable loop (that would you expect from Steven Moffat at this point) like “Blink“.

All three of the Doctors that we see in this episode represent a different period in the franchise for this 50th anniversary birthday bash: Eleven obviously represents the dark whimsy of the Moffat era, Ten represents the campy superhero antics of the RTD era, and the War Doctor (like the Eight Doctor before him) basically serves as a bridge between the classic series and the modern series. Doctor Who pokes a lot of fun at itself throughout this episode, as Steven Moffat repeatedly points out how ridiculous and undignified Ten and Eleven can both be, compared to the way the classic Doctors were written. The War Doctor criticizes them both heavily, and at one point he wonders if he’s having a mid-life crisis in his future (he mostly definitely is). However, he also concedes that they both grew up to be better men than he was, partially because they learned and grew from his experiences, and resolved not to make the same mistakes he did. They lived up to their titles as best as they could, and became the sort of heroes people could look up to again – they even inspire the War Doctor himself in the end.

The B-plot of this episode revolves around the three Doctors and Clara thwarting an attempted invasion of Earth by the Zygons, and stopping a clash between them and UNIT that eventually becomes so serious that London is at risk of being nuked. This conflict is obviously meant to be a small-scale echo of the way the time war ended – with mutually assured destruction from both sides. Unlike in “Cold War“, where the Doctor was faced with this kind of doomsday scenario and ultimately got swept up into it because he couldn’t see another way out of it, Ten and Eleven handily side-swipe the humans’ and the Zygons’ respective bluffs and force them all to sort of their problems peacefully – whether they want to or not – by being the most fiendishly clever men in the room and outsmarting them. When he returns to his own time, the War Doctor initially resigns himself to doing what has to be done to save everyone, taking a small bit of comfort in the knowledge that he’ll become a better person again in the future, and his future selves decide to stand by him by helping him push the button, which is both sad and touching.

For so long, Ten and Eleven tried to memory-hole him and disassociate themselves from him out of shame, but here they finally make peace with their past by accepting him as a part them, an important part of their journey: they quite literally reconcile with themselves. However, instead of making the same choice all over again and letting history play out unchanged, the Doctor decides to do what he does best and takes a third option – with a little encouragement from Clara and the Moment. If there isn’t a third option currently on the table, he’ll just have to make one. The Doctor’s last-ditch plan to save Gallifrey and destroy the Daleks is a complete success, and afterwards, all three Doctors have a gained newfound peace with themselves, even if sadly, two of them won’t get to enjoy it for long. The universe is safe again for the time being, and the War Doctor’s business is officially done, which means he’s ready to renew himself and regenerate into his next life as Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor, where he’ll go on to meet Rose Tyler, have many great adventures with her, and reinvent himself all over again as the man we know him as today.

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Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) has got a brand new job, working as a teacher at Coal Hill Secondary School (the same school Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton worked at in 1963, as another nostalgic nod towards the classic series). Unless Clara already had all the right credentials to land herself a teaching job when we first met her, there’s obviously been a significant time skip for her and Eleven since the last episode. Now that she’s gained the Doctor’s trust and learned about his previous lives, she’s become a close confidante of his, and he’s finally started to tell her more about his troubled past. Compared to many of her previous appearances in Series 7B, Clara isn’t given a lot to do in this story, since this episode’s focus is kept firmly on the Doctor. However, she does manage to make a few important contributions in this adventure: like snatching up a handy vortex manipulator, or figuring out the War Doctor’s secrets. Clara is a sharp person and she has that little bit of human intuition in her that allows her to spot things that the Doctor might have missed beforehand: suffice to say, that talent comes in handy more than once.

By this point, Clara has known the Doctor long enough that she can read his emotions like a book, and pick up on his subtle tells (the same way Amy and River could). Like all of the Doctor’s companions, Clara has become the heart of the TARDIS team and the time lord’s secondary, human conscience. She helps him stay steady and true to his self-determined path and remain the hero that she knows him to be, the hero she looks up to. She makes an impassioned plea to the War Doctor to try to change his destiny, and she later encourages Eleven to do the impossible, because thousands of people are counting on him to do the right thing – which is a nice reversal of the kind of impact the Doctor had on her, back in “The Rings Of Akhaten“. Even though Clara isn’t given a lot to do in this episode, “The Day Of The Doctor” is another good showcase of why the companions have their own important role to play in this show, and Clara is certainly works well as a kind, stabilizing force in the TARDIS. Though it won’t be long before her friendly, laidback dynamic with Eleven is given a major shake-up, since the Eleventh Doctor’s regeneration story is right around the corner in “The Time Of The Doctor“.

After she was previously introduced in “The Power Of Three“, Kate Stewart, the head of UNIT, makes her return in this episode, and she also brings along her scientific advisor, Osgood: an in-universe Doctor Who fangirl, who’s currently living the dream of nerdy girls everywhere. UNIT is currently investigating the Zygons, a race of blobby, pink, shape-shifting aliens from the classic series who are currently trying to use time lord technology to invade the Earth and make it their new home. For the 50th anniversary of the show, Series 7 has brought back a lot of iconic, crowd-pleasing aliens – legacy villains – like the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Weeping Angels, the Ice Warriors, the Sontarans, the Silurians, and now the Zygons. Everyone except the Master really (and even Missy got a small mention in “The Bells Of Saint John“). Notably, the Zygons are hostile and dangerous, but they aren’t portrayed as being irredeemably evil, anymore than humanity usually is in this show.

As the conflict between UNIT and the Zygons reaches a fever pitch, the organization’s fatal flaw once again becomes apparent: they usually try to match force with force, and they’re always very quick to reach for the nuclear option when it comes to handling alien threats. The Doctor manages to force both the humans and the Zygons to stand down, and eventually work out a peace treaty where they both agree to share the Earth. That’s a pretty big divergence from the show’s usual status quo, and the long-term ramifications of that decision will eventually be explored later in “The Zygon Invasion”. Lastly, Tom Baker (who played the iconic Fourth Doctor in the classic series) has a small cameo in this episode as the Curator, another incarnation of the Doctor from his distant future. In a story that spent so much time looking back on the Doctor’s past, it feels right that we’re also given some tantalizing hints about a possible future for him. The Curator’s presence reassures us that even with the threat of Trenzalore looming overhead, the Doctor will still be around for a long, long time, and he’ll still have many more adventures to come – including a few we’ll probably never be privy to.

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“The Day Of The Doctor” is directed by Nick Hurran, who’s proven himself to be one of the standout directors of the Moffat era (alongside Toby Haynes and Saul Metzstein) by handling some real, visually stunning gems like “The Girl Who Waited“, “The God Complex“, “Asylum Of The Daleks” and “The Angels Take Manhattan“. You can always count on Nick to bring a story to life with plenty of style and flair, while also making a few unorthodox perspective choices along the way: he especially seems to have fun with the various flashbacks and flashforwards that are scattered across this episode. If I have one complaint (that taps into an old pet peeve of mine), it’s that there are almost too many slow-motion shots in this episode. When it comes to action scenes, an overabundance of slow-motion can start to feel a bit too try-hard and pretentious in my book. “The Day Of The Doctor” had a higher budget than most episodes, and the entire story was filmed in 3-D for the sake of the theatrical release, so even by Series 7’s already high standards, the cinematography in this episode looks great – particularly the desert scenes set on Gallifrey. Location shooting for this episode was done in Cardiff Bay, Ivy Tower in Tonna, Chepstow Castle in Monmouthshire, and Trafalgar Square in London.

The costume and wardrobe department is once again given the task of redesigning an alien race from the classic series in this episode, and they largely stay true to the Zygons’ old look while also making them a bit bulkier, to make them seem even more intimidating. Like several other stories in Series 7, Murray Gold’s score reuses a lot of old music from previous episodes, which is actually quite odd, since he composed a whole album’s worth of new material that largely went unused. However, I don’t have a problem with this story bringing back a lot of important old themes and melodies (like “The Doctor’s Theme“, “The Doctor Forever“, “I Am The Doctor“, “Clara?“, “The Slitheen“, “Westminster Bridge“, “Trenzalore“, “The Dark And Endless Dalek Night“, “The Leaf“, “The Sad Man With A Box” and “The Wedding Of River Song“), because it feels appropriate for a nostalgia tour through the last seven seasons of NuWho. The climax features a seven minute suite of music called “This Time There’s Three Of Us“, that unites the Tenth Doctor’s era, the Eleventh Doctor’s era, and even the Twelfth Doctor’s era by tying together “Altering Lives“, “The Majestic Tale“, and a significant melody that will later become “The Shepherd’s Boy“, the Twelfth Doctor’s secondary theme in his own tenure.

All things considered, “The Day Of The Doctor” is a rousing success as a big birthday bash for Doctor Who. Watching Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt bounce off of each other in the same episode portraying three different versions of the same character, is a hell of a lot of fun, and this special gives the show exactly the sort of major status quo shake-up it should have for a once in a lifetime occasion. The latter half of the Moffat era will be quite a different beast from the first half, and it’s all thanks to this episode.

Rating: 10/10.


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* John Hurt passed away in January 2017. May he rest in peace.

* “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be, be one – Marcus Aurelius” Heh, that’s a nice bit of foreshadowing for the Doctor’s character arc in Series 8.

* The Tenth Doctor looks slightly different than usual in this episode (besides the fact that David Tennant has aged a few more years since we last him), and it took me a while to figure out what it is. Ten’s hair is combed down in this story, when I’m used to it being spiky and unkempt all the time. 

* “Ding!” “What’s that?” “It’s a machine that goes ding!”

* “Oh, it was the horse! I’m going to be king!”

* “I’ll hold it off, you run. Your people need you” “And I need you alive for our wedding day!”

* “Compensating?” “For what?” “Regeneration. It’s a lottery”.

* “Listen, what you get up to in the privacy of your own regeneration is your business” “One of them is a Zygon” “Urgh. I’m not judging you” Well, at least we know the Doctor doesn’t kink-shame.

* “I’m looking for the Doctor. Are you his companions?” “His companions?!” “They get younger all the time”.

* “Am I talking to the wicked witch of the well?” “He means you” “Why am I the witch?”

* “Right. Prattling mortals, off you pop, or I’ll turn you all into frogs!” Clara, is that really the best you can do? Because that effort was pathetic.

* “That is not the queen of England, that’s an alien duplicate!” “And you can take it from him, cause he’s really checked” “Oh, shut up!”.

* The scene where Osgood figures out the Zygons have infiltrated the museum by disguising themselves as statues always gets a chuckle out of me. Her co-worker keeps droning on about something, while she just silently reaches for her inhaler and takes a deep breath, as she realizes that they’re both totally screwed.

* “So jealous of your pretty sister. I don’t blame you. I wish I’d copied her” Damn, that’s bitchy.

* “Er, Kate, should they be here? Why have they followed us?” “Oh, they’ve probably just finished disposing of the humans a bit early” And it was that point that Clara knew, she was in trouble.

* “These Zygon creatures never even considered that it was me who survived rather than their own commander. The arrogance that typifies their kind!” “Zygons?” “Men“.

* “Is there a lot of this in the future?” “It does start to happen, yeah”.

* “Hey, look. The round things!” “I love the round things” “What are the round things?” “No idea”.

* “We don’t need to land” “Yeah, we do. A tiny bit. Try and keep up” Sassy Ten.

* “Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame, whatever the cost”.

* “We’ve got enough warriors. Any old idiot can be a hero” “Then what do I do?” “What you’ve always done. Be a doctor”.

* “You told me the name you chose was a promise. What was the promise?” “Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in”.

* “Oh, Bad Wolf girl, I could kiss you!” “Yeah, that’s going to happen” And it was quite a kiss.

* “I didn’t know when I was well off. All twelve of them!” “No, sir. All thirteen!”

* “Well, gentlemen, it has been an honor and a privilege. And if I grow to be half the man that you are, Clara Oswald, I shall be happy indeed” The War Doc slips in one last savage jab before he departs.

* “Clara sometimes asks me if I dream. Of course I dream, I tell her. Everybody dreams. But what do you dream about, she’ll ask. The same thing everybody dreams about, I tell her. I dream about where I’m going. She always laughs at that. But you’re not going anywhere, you’re just wandering about. That’s not true. Not any more. I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone’s. It’s taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I’m going. Where I’ve always been going. Home, the long way round“.

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