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 #36 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 #37, and our theme is…
Best Episode Title
As usual, there are some different ways of looking at this.
There are those titles that do clever things with puns or with pop culture references–like Mummy on the Orient Express, Spyfall or Robot of Sherwood.
There are those titles that have unexpected and surprising meanings within the episodes themselves, like The Bells of St. John, Smith and Jones and (my pick last time) The Name of the Doctor.
There are those titles that are just cool sounding and give you a reasonable impression of the episode, like Face the Raven, The Empty Child and Sleep No More.
There are those titles that are kind of funny, like Let’s Kill Hitler or those odd pairs of titles that were used in Season Eight, like The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion or Heaven Sent / Hell Bent.
And there are those episode titles that are just straight-up descriptive, like Amy’s Choice, Rose, Rosa, Arachnids in the UK or Oxygen.
And then there are those episode titles which are just kind of stupid, like The Rings of Akhaten and The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (it is a dangerous thing to put words that don’t mean or even sound like anything in real life into your title).
All worthy ways of naming your episode (except the last one). Anyway, this time around my choice is
The Eleventh Hour
Not much to say here, except that I really like it. It is relevant to the episode in the sense that the Doctor has little time to save the world in, and that he ultimately does it at the last minutes, and in the hour before he has all the clocks in the world turn to “zero” (which looks a lot like midnight, so “in the eleventh hour.”)
But of course the title also refers to the fact that this is the debut episode for the Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith.
Plus, it’s a cool sounding title.
What did my daughters say?
Johanna (16) chose The Robot of Sherwood, for no other reason but that she liked it.
Laurelle (14) couldn’t think of one off the top of her head, and I forgot to follow her up later on!