I thought it was pretty bold of Steven Moffat to not only reference Classic Who as obviously as he did, but also to have it actually part of the plot. I liked it. :)
It’s like he’s subtly hinting at everyone to watch the Classic Who episodes. (I’m still on the Fourth Doctor — progress is slooow.)
I wonder if anyone else noticed the Sherlock Holmes reference. (It was at the part where the Doctor and Clara were looking down on Trenzalore from the TARDIS.)
The initial interaction between River and Clara was so awkward. It was nothing like the immediate camaraderie between River and Amy. I love the implications of that.
Jenny’s “death” was upsetting. I know I’d be very, very upset if she actually died. Good thing she lived, because poor Madame Vastra. I think those two may be my favorite pairing in Doctor Who. (What? I think they’re cute together. :D)
The explanation of why the Doctor kept meeting different versions of Clara was very… Mofatt-y. I thought hard about whether I had an inkling of it — I didn’t. Unless you count a half-entertained thought about some future version of Clara being duplicated by the Great Intelligence and sending those versions throughout the Doctor’s timeline in order to trap him or something. (A part of me feared that Clara was “one of the bad guys”, albeit unknowingly.) Suffice to say, my theories fell several miles off the actual thing.
That part with River and the Doctor was quite beautiful. I loved it when the Doctor told River that she was always with him, but my favorite was when River asked the Doctor to say goodbye like they were going to meet again.
Why was River still there when Clara jumped into the Doctor’s timeline? Why? Did the events that happened after — that is, Clara still lived — explained it? Or is it something else? Is it something to do with River solely, or with her connection to Clara? Am I missing something?
John Hurt as the Doctor. This was the part where I was effectively rendered speechless for several minutes. I can’t wrap my mind around this one. I don’t know what this will mean later.
Doctor Who Alternate Universe - “I could ask you the same question, Doctor.”
└The Doctor runs into Sally Sparrow on a trip to the roaring twenties.
THE GODS OF FANDOM HAVE SMILED ON ME TODAY
Awesome! Even though Sally Sparrow is very different from Daisy Buchanan, but still… can this be canon? (Not Sally turning into Daisy, but her meeting the Doctor again in another time.)
You know, I think you will be just … splendid.
One of my favorite guest companions. :)
Doctors. And suits. The Doctors in suits. And what is that on the background? What kind of monster is that? Are they in some sort of medieval fair?
Ten and Eleven together (and why can’t Nine be there?). I cannot wait for the 50th Anniversary Special.
Actually whooped out loud when the Doctor mentioned the blue crystal from Metebelis 3. Loving the Classic Who throwbacks in this season.
And the “entropy in the bubble universe”! As if the story wasn’t good enough, they also threw in a cool bit of science.
This is (one of the many, many reasons) why Doctor Who is awesome.
Spread ‘em around.
The Rings of Akhaten = The Shakespeare Code + The Beast Below + a little bit of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Sprinkled with good music to make one of the best Doctor Who episodes since the show’s inception way back in 1963.
I feel bad comparing it to other episodes because Akhaten is quite brilliant in its own right, but that’s the only way I can emphasize how good it is since The Shakespeare Code and The Beast Below are two of my favorite episodes, and Cosmos is the best science show I’ve ever seen.
To think that the writer, Neil Cross, is new to Doctor Who. I look forward to more episodes from him. We won’t have to wait too long for his next episode because he also wrote Hide, which will air two weeks from now. :)
Seriously. This episode. Wow.
After one year and five seasons, I’ve finally watched all the Third Doctor episodes!
I have to say, out of the first three doctors, the Third is my least favorite. After the Second, who was quite silly and whom I really liked, I found the Third Doctor a little bit too serious. Hmm… “serious” might not be the right word. After all, Nine was quite serious compared to the others and I liked him just fine. I guess the Third Doctor is just too normal compared to the other Doctors. That’s it, he’s the least eccentric of all the Doctors I’ve watched so far. And the First Doctor was right: he’s a bit of a dandy.
I really liked Liz Shaw, the Third Doctor’s first companion. She doesn’t let the Doctor — who is quite bossy in this reincarnation — order her around. She’s smart and confident and she’s a brilliant physicist. She might not know all that the Doctor knows, but she understands more of his “scientific ramblings” than most of the other companions before and after her. Oh, and she’s a redhead. (I’ve always been a bit partial to them ever since the Weasleys.)
And of course, Sarah Jane Smith. Halfway through her first ever episode, I began to understand why she has been called the best companion of all time. She’s very headstrong. If she wants to do something, she goes ahead and does it. Most of the other companions before her wait for the Doctor’s permission, but not Sarah Jane. She was, I think, the perfect counterbalance to the very arrogant Third Doctor.
Now I’m off to Tom Baker’s era, and more of Sarah Jane Smith. :)
Star Trek references/shout-outs/homages in Doctor Who
Being the longest running sci-fi universe, it’s nice to be able to acknowledge a younger show every now and then.
Oh, this is awesome. Star Trek is awesome. And Doctor Who is awesome for all those references. I hadn’t noticed all of them.