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 #44 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 #46, and our theme is…
Best Post-Regeneration Moment
In the modern series, we’ve seen the immediate aftermath of a Doctor’s regeneration five times–the first moments of the War Doctor, the 10th Doctor, the 11th Doctor, the 12th Doctor and the 13th Doctor. Which one is my favorite with following up a regeneration sequence with a great kick-off to a new Doctor?
Last time, I picked the 10th Doctor in The Parting of the Ways. This time, like with many things, I find my thoughts run in new directions:
The 12th Doctor – The Time of the Doctor
Something that both the 10th and the 12th Doctors have in common is that as they came into existence, they were not alone. A beloved companion stood in front of them, astounded at what was happening. Somehow, the new Doctor’s response to the change is just funnier and more enjoyable or me when they have someone to play off of.
In this case, we get Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor, staring with his intense eyes at a befuddled Clara, babbling about the color of his kidneys, and asking for help to fly his ship.
Well done to writer Steven Moffat, director Jamie Payne, and actors Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman for creating a very sharp but well done emotional switch from Matt Smith’s final moments.
What did my daughters think?
Johanna (16) and Laurelle (14) both chose Matt Smith in End of Time part 2 (written by incoming showrunner Steven Moffat, and directed by Euros Lyn). They both like the Eleventh Doctor and they thought the scene was funny.