Doctor Who A to Z: K is for Kleenex

Inspired by a series of Facebook posts that I saw, we are going to run through an alphabetical series of Doctor Who-related themes. Today we continue this with the letter K…

(Daily Doctor Who #282)


What’s a Doctor Who moment that made me cry?

Well, there are a lot of sad moments in Doctor Who, especially in the revived series: the separation from Rose, Donna losing her memory, the death of Clara, Amy & Rory being confined to the past, River Song’s sacrifice in the Library, John Smith’s vision of the life he could have had, the Tenth Doctor not wanting to go….

All of these would be worthy choices for an entry like this, but after thinking about it a bit I’ve chosen something else…

The 11th Doctor’s Farewell Scene – The Time of the Doctor

Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor was my favorite, and so it was pretty emotional seeing his time in the show draw to an end. But more than that, the scene the show delivered to say farewell to him was rich, poetic, and moving: we had fish fingers & custard, a hallucination of young Amelia Pond, and a bow-tie discarded on the ground. Add to that a Karen Gillan cameo and some great dialogue delivered by a departing Matt Smith:

We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay, that’s good, you’ve got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.

It’s excellent stuff by writer Steven Moffat, director Jamie Payne, composer Murray Gold, performers Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, and all the other people who helped to make the episode happen.

2 thoughts on “Doctor Who A to Z: K is for Kleenex

  1. Idris’ final scene in The Doctor’s Wife instantly brought me to tears when it did for the Doctor too.

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