A few years ago, I did a series of 47 daily posts which all looked at different questions related to the revival series of Doctor Who, focusing on stuff I like about the show. I worked out a series of questions in advance and then picked one randomly for each day. I’ve decided to revisit the series to see how my opinions may or may not have changed, and to bring two of my daughters into the discussion, since they are both big fans and have recently finished watching the revival series.
Why 47? It’s my favorite number.
Why Doctor Who? It’s my favorite show.
Why the modern day Doctor Who only? Simply because I remember it better.
Why are we looking back at this now? Because we’re on a 47 day countdown to November 23, the birthday of the show.
Check out Day #12 here.
When I first did this, it was September 2016, which means we were in between the Christmas episodes The Husbands of River Song and The Return of Dr. Mysterio, and were yet to debut Peter Capaldi’s last season on the show. Jodie Whittaker was even further away. How has the passage of time, evolution of opinions, and three further seasons of the program impacted my opinions?
Today is Day #13, and our theme is…
Best Patch for a Continuity Gap
This refers to any time that the series takes the time to go back and “fill in” something that was left unexplained or not shown the first time around. I don’t mean necessarily when a big mystery that is introduced in one episode is explained later on. Often that’s just paying off some instance of foreshadowing, like when we found out what the Timeless Child was, or when we found out who was in the Vault, or what the deal with the Nethersphere was, and so on.
I’m talking more about things that were just left unexplained or undetailed, which some future writer decided to address Examples would include when we saw the 8th Doctor regenerate in Night of the Doctor, or my pick from last time, which was when Day of the Doctor showed us what happened between the Tenth Doctor and Queen Elizabeth, and why she was so mad at him.
Another example, arguably (my daughter Johanna thought of this one), is when we found out the nature and origin of the Great Intelligence in The Snowmen, and then saw the conclusion of his story in The Name of the Doctor…although that’s a continuity gap that stretches back to the late 1960’s!
But the choice that my daughter Johanna (16) and my daughter Laurelle (14) and I all actually chose was…
The 12th Doctor takes River Song to Darillium in The Husbands of River Song
It had been seven years since this last visit that the Doctor had with River was first mentioned in Silence in the Library. It had been two years since River Song had last appeared in The Name of the Doctor in 2013. But writer / producer / River Song-creator Steven Moffat finally did it in the 2015 Christmas Special. He showed us a bit of the last time that the Doctor ever saw River before her fateful and fatal visit to the Library, their last night at the Singing Towers. More than that, it showed us that the Doctor actually facilitated the existence of the resort at the Singing Towers in the first place, just so that the night could happen.
After all this time, it was quite nice to see this conclusion of the River Song story. It featured some lovely performances from both Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston, and was far more satisfying than what we’d had the previous time River had appeared.