Doctor Who: Looking Back at 47 Days #38 – Special Episodes

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 #37 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 #38, and our theme is…

Best Special Episode

In the entirety of the original series, there was only one “special episode”–The Five Doctors. In the modern days, there have been eighteen special episodes, with a nineteenth along the way.

Last time, I made the obvious choice, which The Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary special. I’d probably still pick it, but for the sake of doing something a bit different, I’m going to select a different special, quite different, but also quite amazing…

Last Christmas (2014)

Peter Capaldi’s first Christmas special, and Jenna Coleman’s last, had the notable quality of including none other than Santa Claus as a character (played by Nick Frost). It seems like nonsense, but then the story makes sense of it all through a series of layered dreams. Along with that, there’s some creepy Alien-like monsters, some very funny elves, and a scene with Danny Pink which provides Clara with an unexpected amount of closure.

It’s a fantastic episode–great stuff by Steven Moffat.

What did my daughters say?

Johanna (16) chose The Day of the Doctor at first, with The Waters of Mars as a backup. But then later, she changed it to Last Christmas when she remembered that it existed.

Laurelle (14) did choose The Day of the Doctor, with Last Christmas as her backup.

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