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 #16 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 #17, and our theme is…
Best Shocking Reveal / Plot Twist
Doctor Who loves a good plot twist, and so do I. And there have been some good ones over the years. Last time I picked the revelation that Oswin Oswald in Asylum of the Daleks is really a Dalek. Other examples include the revelation of the War Doctor’s existence, the revelation of River Song’s identity, and of course the whole Timeless Child thing from the most recent season.
But my choice this time was a runner-up last time…
Amy is a flesh duplicate – The Almost People
In the build up to the mid-season finale of Season Six of the show, we had the fairly shocking reveal that the Amy Pond that had been traveling with the Doctor and Rory all season was in fact a “flesh duplicate”–an artificial body that Amy’s consciousness was being projected into, while the real Amy was being held prisoner as her pregnancy came to term. It was a great twist that really launched us forward into the dramatic events of the follow-up story, A Good Man Goes to War. Great work by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and everyone involved.
What did my daughters say?
Johanna (16) picked World Enough and Time, where you discover that the semi-kindly oddball Razor, who had been helping Bill up to that point, was actually the Master, as played by John Simm, returning to the show after several years. For me and other contemporary viewers, this twist had been spoiled by the BBC’s advance marketing, but Johanna only saw this story quite recently, and was completely taken off guard.
Laurelle (14), on the other hand, picked The Name of the Doctor , when we first catch a glimpse of the character we came to know as the War Doctor, as played by John Hurt. As I said above, that’s also one of the great ones!