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What Did You Think of The Day of the Doctor?

What Did You Think of The Day of the Doctor?

The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special.

In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

Day of The Doctor DVD and Blu-rays

All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.

Day of the Doctor Starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, Jenna Coleman with Billie Piper and John Hurt.


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  • Awkptc

    November 25th, 2013 - 12:05am

    Please don’t go Matt Smith!!!!!

  • raskolnikov

    November 25th, 2013 - 12:01am

    Err, anyone else forget about the Zygons trying to take over the Earth stuck in room with UNIT. Would have liked to see that resolved, otherwise enjoyed.

    • Rosco

      November 25th, 2013 - 5:26am

      They sat down and set up a treaty with Earth

  • pug drone dalek

    November 24th, 2013 - 9:37pm

    I new people would say it is bad fusspots

    • pug drone dalek

      November 24th, 2013 - 9:39pm

      Allways the Way of the fans who r not fans

  • Obsie

    November 24th, 2013 - 9:16pm

    Out of sheer curiosity, could John Hurt’s “war doctor” be in dire danger of becoming a “war lord” as seen in “The War Games” had he gone ahead and destroyed Gallifrey?

    • Dalek the Supreme

      November 24th, 2013 - 11:08pm

      No, he would have become the same Doctor we saw in the 2005 resurrection, since he didn’t know Gallifrey survived until the 11th Doctor lived it.

  • Tracey dershem!

    November 24th, 2013 - 9:08pm

    Doctor who is really NOT populer at my dauthers shool.but she showed allmost all of her friends DOCTOR WHO!!!She is a BIG BIG Fan!!!she likes the 10th doctor davied tennet guy!!!she has a crush on him!And i know that alot alot!!!Ow and happy anniversary doctors!!!

  • Gordon DowningI

    November 24th, 2013 - 7:37pm

    So who can name all the doctors

    • greyzinychimp

      November 24th, 2013 - 8:13pm

      William hartnel
      Patrick troughton
      john pertwee
      tom backer
      peter Davidson
      Colin backer
      Sylvester McCoy
      Paul mcgann
      “john hurt”
      Christoper eccelston
      Matt smith

    • thedw11

      November 24th, 2013 - 8:23pm

      William Hartnell
      Patrick Troughton
      Jon Pertwee
      Tom Baker
      Peter Davison
      Colin Baker
      Sylvester McCoy
      Paul McGann
      John Hurt
      Christopher Eccleston
      David Tennant
      Matt Smith

    • Doug

      November 24th, 2013 - 8:58pm

      I saw Colin Baker in my local garden centre in the summer. Lovely bloke , chatted about the modern Dr’s over a coffee.

    • Dalek the Supreme

      November 24th, 2013 - 11:11pm

      I don’t want to look like I copied, but what the heck!
      Canon Doctors:
      1st: William Hartnell
      2nd: Patrick Troughton
      3rd: John Pertwee
      4th: Tom Baker
      5th: Peter Davison
      6th: Colin Baker
      7th: Sylvester McCoy
      8th: Paul McGann
      War Doctor (9th): John Hurt
      9th (10th): Christopher Eccleston
      10th (11th): David Tennant
      11th (12th): Matt Smith
      12th (13th): Peter Capaldi
      Non-canon Doctors:
      Peter Cushing (Dalek Films)
      Rowan Atkinson, Richard E Grant, and Hugh Grant (The Curse of Fatal Death)
      Richard E Grant (Scream of the Shalka)

    • who rules

      November 25th, 2013 - 12:28am

      you’ve missed john guilor, the voice of the first doctor in day of the doctor and the planet of giants reconstruction. oh and richard hurndall, another first doctor.

  • fordpaul2011

    November 24th, 2013 - 6:59pm

    just hope this years Christmas episode is as good as last years as it is one of my all time favorites,brilliant story and music score to match,FANTASTIC!!!but I think matching david tenants departure will be a tall has to be a good regeneration as I think paul mcgann was still short changed and john hurts was for no reason and didn’t show the 9th docs face.

    • who rules

      November 25th, 2013 - 12:30am

      there is an extra on the dvd called the last day. i think it may deal with the hurt regeneration, here’s hoping anyway

    • Defender of Trenzalore

      December 2nd, 2013 - 4:24pm

      I’ve seen it on youtube and lets just say don’t get your hopes up

  • claire

    November 24th, 2013 - 6:52pm

    I am confused, how come Matt Smith’s Dr. didn’t know that Gallifrey was frozen in time rather than destroyed when it reappeared just before David Tennants regeneration?

    • 100000BC

      November 24th, 2013 - 7:05pm

      That was before it was ‘destroyed’.

    • plumber who

      November 24th, 2013 - 11:51pm

      In the end of time the dr says gallifrey was time locked and that the ood had shown him a prophecy, is it then beyond the realm of possibility that the timelords were returning AFTER the events of the day of the doctor where they were locked in time by the 3 doctors.

  • fordpaul2011

    November 24th, 2013 - 6:30pm

    enjoyed it but didn’t live up to the end of time 2 episodes.russell t davies should have wrote this one,the privelige of bringing it back in 2005,his writing outshines moffets.why when tenant hears its been bad wolf doing things he doesn’t make more of it,also why is the 11th doc now 1200yrs old,in the fantastic trailer of all 11 docs he says 900yrs!!sadly wasn’t as good as I hoped as I hoped to hear more of murray gold older themes which were missing.bit confusing about 4th doc/tom baker but great to see him.

    • Anonymous

      November 24th, 2013 - 6:45pm

      You are kidding – the end of time were without doubt the worst DW I’ve seen in 35 years. They had so much promise but utterly failed to deliver. The whole Master race sub plot was embarrassing – no wonder DT was so keen to take part in the 50th after the awful send off he got.

    • Dalek the Supreme

      November 24th, 2013 - 11:14pm

      The Doctor said he forgot if he was lying about his age or not. The musical score is still written by Murray Gold, so why is it so bad that he isn’t recycling older tracks? I sense you’re one of the people who stopped liking the show when David Tennant left?

    • who rules

      November 25th, 2013 - 2:02pm

      agree about the end of time, and the last of the time lords as well, both season finales with the master, both some of russell t davies worst writing. i enjoy most of his stories, journey’s end is suberb but the two master stories are just awful. day of the doctor was brilliant…

  • Anonymous

    November 24th, 2013 - 6:00pm

    Loved it….one question though. The whole “I’ve been thinking about this all my lives”. How? How were the other incarnations summoned to the battle and would they also not remember….?

    • The 13th Doctor

      November 24th, 2013 - 6:10pm

      Maybe a psycic message which then wiped itself when the job was done?

    • 100000BC

      November 24th, 2013 - 7:07pm

      Most likely psychic summons of some sort.

  • DrWhoTwins

    November 24th, 2013 - 5:18pm

    Fantastic! Very enjoyable, loved every single bit of it.

  • alex

    November 24th, 2013 - 5:02pm

    Enjoyed both fish doctor thing and the 50th special. Really think Colin Baker should of been in the Day of Doctor. I know he’s not quite the Colin he used to be, but he hasn’t appeared in Doctor Who since the end of his original run has he? Give him a chance hated Colin’s Doctor but he is both a lovely person and should be given a chance to repair the damage that was done in the 1980’s.

  • pupbenny

    November 24th, 2013 - 4:44pm

    This was absolutely brilliant. I have been a very tough critic of Doctor Who recently (for a couple of years) and I gave two very difficult conditions to see if the BBC were truly making the most of the 50th Anniversary. Both of those conditions were met.

  • Anonymous

    November 24th, 2013 - 4:15pm

    Booboo when will this be on iTunes?

  • the astroanut of death

    November 24th, 2013 - 3:56pm

    was the question doctor who asked once in this

    • pupbenny

      November 24th, 2013 - 4:41pm

      Was it asked once in An Unearthly Child? The question is just the title of the show and hasn’t had any real relevance to the series until 2012.

    • Defender of Trenzalore

      December 2nd, 2013 - 4:29pm

      What about Silver Nemesis?
      And general 7th Doctor period?
      And Ian asked it in an Unearthly Child
      But I agree it still wasn’t needed in this!

  • karen deslauriers

    November 24th, 2013 - 3:30pm

    I loved the ” Day of the Doctor” BUT they messed up…..they squeezed John Hurt in between Paul McCann #8 and Christopher Eccleston #9. When you watch the show with McCann , he turns into Eccleston,,,so it does not make sense. They could fix this by changing the end of McCann to change into Hurt, then make a couple of shows and then have Hurt change to Eccleston. Also River song gave up the rest of her 9 regenerations to save the doctor in one of the shows, so he should live on past Matt Smith for 9 more doctors…..This would be the only way I figure the show could flow properly from #1 right through to the future of 20 or 21 doctors.

    • fish from space

      November 24th, 2013 - 3:47pm

      we’ve never seen mcgann regenerate into eccleston

    • karen deslauriers

      November 24th, 2013 - 4:42pm

      you’re right, McGann doesn’t change at the end and Eccleston just shows up. But I still think that to put John Hurt in between them would make for more shows if they did show a change from McGann to Hurt to Eccleston…..even if it were one show……I also still think the doctor can go on to 20 or 21 lives because of the lives River Song gave to him.

    • TheDoctorWhoGeek

      November 24th, 2013 - 6:17pm

      Have you watched the prequel for the show? You see McGann regenerate into John Hurt 🙂 And then at the end of ‘DotD’ we see Hurt regenerate into Eccleston (though we don’t see Eccleston’s face) I also dont have a clue what you meant about living ‘past’ Matt Smith for 9 more Doctors..

    • karen deslauriers

      November 24th, 2013 - 7:36pm

      For the series to continue with more doctors past Matt Smith, he will need to regenerate. Since they only get 12 regenerations plus their original body for a total of 13 , the series can’t go to much further…. In one of the shows with the characters Emily Pond , Roary and River Song,,, River gives the rest of her regenerations to the doctor to save his life ( I figure about 9 left)……River is Emily and Roary’s daughter conceived in the Tardis… The Tardis added Time Lord DNA into her at conception, which makes it possible for her to regenerate. TADA more Doctors to continue the series another 25 to 30 years.

    • Dalek the Supreme

      November 24th, 2013 - 11:16pm

      Karen, the Doctor probably doesn’t realize this yet. And they’re called Amy and Rory, by the way.

    • Jammy2305

      November 25th, 2013 - 12:25am

      Oh dear… Where to start?

      When Hurt regerates, Eccleston’s features are CGI’d in (Namely his eyes and darker colour of hair. Add this to the fact that the final credits show McGann, Hurt and Eccleston in that order, it confirms that, well… That’s the order!

      Secondly, only the Timelords can grant a full new cycle of regerations. Capaldi is the final incarnation but Gallifrey has now returned. If Capaldi’s Doctor finds Gallifrey then there’s every chance that, for saving the planet, he will be rewarded a new cycle and the show will continue with 13 more incarnations.

      Hopefully that makes sense…

      P.S Definately Amy and Rory 😉

  • Convolouted Headache!

    November 24th, 2013 - 2:49pm

    Does anything now known or seen in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ much up anything known or seen in ‘The End of Time’.

    • Convolouted Headache!

      November 24th, 2013 - 2:50pm

      Sorry let me rephrase that. Does anything now known or seen in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ muck up anything we know or seen with the Time Lords in ‘The End of Time’. Thank you.

    • Darren

      November 24th, 2013 - 3:49pm

      Seems to me this is consistent with “end of time” it’s all of the comments about destroying the doctors etc and walking around with long faces that are inconsistent.

    • Anonymous

      November 24th, 2013 - 5:57pm


    • who rules

      November 24th, 2013 - 6:15pm

      no, the rassilon sequences could take place before the doctors removed gallifrey as both end and day take place on the last day of the time war. err, i think! best not to worry about it really!

    • 100000BC

      November 24th, 2013 - 7:15pm

      The End of Time seems to be set during the events of the Day of the Doctor from the Time Lords’ perspective, as a Time Lord during End says “The Doctor has the moment.” Therefore, logically, it takes place between when JH and ‘Rose’ leave Gallifrey and when the Doctors turn up and save the day.

    • Jammy2305

      November 25th, 2013 - 12:33am

      Rassilon and the High Council were acting from the capital city whilst the High Command was operating from Arcadia, Gallifrey’s second city. Both events are happening during the last day of the war. The fall of Arcadia was probably the final tipping point for Rassilon to initiate his plans for the end of time. However, he was “defeated” by the Master before anything could happen. Meanwhile back in Arcadia, the Doctor’s were planning to freeze Gallifrey (In which they succeeded). Thus nothing from “The End of Time” has been changed. Hope this helps 🙂

    • Jammy2305

      November 25th, 2013 - 12:33am

      Also this means The Master lives on!

    • 100000BC

      December 4th, 2013 - 4:17pm

      Look no further than two lines spoken by Time Lords, one from each story. In DotD we are told “The High Council is in session” whilst during the meeting being discussed, in TEoT, we are told “The Doctor has the moment” which is discovered by the Time Lords in DotD, who are discussing about “The High Council is in session”, etc.

  • Jonny Scoones

    November 24th, 2013 - 2:25pm

    I saw it in the cinema and it was fabulous, although it stopped half an hour in and we had to wait for over an hour to watch the rest, it was a suspenseful evening…

  • Aussie fan!!!

    November 24th, 2013 - 1:38pm

    Awesome… Just awesome !!! As much as I think Matt smith is a great doctor, i was giggling like a school girl when tennant showed up!!!!!!!!

  • Darren

    November 24th, 2013 - 1:01pm

    Please help. How did they get back to earth? I thought they were stuck in the Drs time stream on Trenzalore?
    Why did the bomb appear as Rose Tyler to reassure the Dr (John Hurt) when he would not have met her before? Would it not have been more reassuring for her to appear as an earlier companion he had met?
    Why is David Tenant’s Dr banging on about destroying the time lords when in the 2009 TV Story the End of Time he relocks them up in time to stop the time war. Unless that happened after this, but then Matt Smith would remember that anyway. But as all 13 Doctors were in on the final act wouldn’t they all know what they have done anyway? Why make a big fuss of the 50th Anniversary and then only really use the last two Dr’s and a made up Dr. Surely they could have used Mcgann’s Dr instead of Hurt’s it would have made as more sense of “the lost years”. And taking the use of The fantastic Tom Baker as an anniversary indulgence why did they have the wit to use the other Doctors in an equally imaginative way. Yours confused and slightly disappointed.

    • fish from space

      November 24th, 2013 - 4:40pm

      i guess moffat is saving the dr escaping trenzalore for another story, the xmas special is on trenzalore, the fall of the 11th. the conscience of the moment appeared as rose, someone he cares for in his past/future she says, rose is arguably the companion he has loved the most, bad wolf has had significance in his future too.

    • who rules

      November 24th, 2013 - 6:17pm

      they didn’t need to “escape” trenzalore. the dr and clara could just step out of his time stream and then they and the pasternoster gang would just pop in his tardis and off they go. still, might have been nice to see them do that!

    • TheDoctorWhoGeek

      November 24th, 2013 - 6:24pm

      1) They got back to Earth through the TARDIS, it was in the background when Hurt was revealed I thought – either way it was something wibbly wobbly timey wimey that we don’t need to concern ourselves with
      2)The moment thought Rose was a past companion, as she ‘always’ gets past and future mixed up.
      3)He bangs on about them cos he’s obviously upset, the End of Time occurs after this, and Rassilon threatened Earth, as did the Daleks etc (if Rassilon swapped Earth for Gallifrey then Earth would be getting attacked by Daleks)
      4) The Doctors all forgot about it afterwards (we know this ‘cos Tennant and Hurt forget about it)
      5) Moffat wanted a big reveal, which was the inclusion of a new Doctor (not a made up one, because the War Doctor is canon, yet you could argue that all the Doctor’s are ‘made up’
      6)They couldn’t use all the Doctor’s as cameo, as then the episode would have just been the Doctor talking to random old characters that bear resemblance to his past selves.

      Hope that cleared stuff up

    • 100000BC

      November 24th, 2013 - 7:21pm

      The End of time, from the 10th Doctor’s perspective, has to take place after Day because he regenerates at the end! From the Time Lords’ perspective, End takes place during Day, as according to a Time Lord, “The Doctor has the moment”, implying that he has taken it but not saved the day (both of which he does during this episode).

    • 100000BC

      November 24th, 2013 - 7:26pm

      A special with too many Doctors can be quite crowded, especially if you want a other characters and a story as well!!!

      Also, it’s the Doctor’s own time stream; surely he just left because he knew the way out!!!

  • Harold Saxon

    November 24th, 2013 - 12:29pm

    It was brilliant from the word go!from the quirky start to surprise at the end,the 75 minutes went fast.

  • who rules

    November 24th, 2013 - 12:22pm

    ok, night of the doctor. the doctor is dead when he arrives on karn, the sisterhood bring him back to life for a short period, then give him the elixier to trigger a controlled regeneration, so yes, hurt is the 9th doctor. however, the next doctor (ecceleston) refers to himself as the ninth doctor, chosing to forget “the war doctor” so eccleston is 9th doctor, ninth regeration, tennant tenth doctor/tenth regeneration and so on. In case you are wondering, i just checked night of the doctor with the subtitles on and yes it is stated that the doctor is dead! this won’t clear this up as it can be changed by an writer who wishes! oh, if capaldi is the 13th and last doctor, how about at the end of his run, he saves gallifrey and the time lords give him a new regeneration cycle in gratitude? just a thought…

    • Anonymous

      November 24th, 2013 - 2:35pm

      wouldn’t they already be breaking the rules when capaldi is the doctor as tennant regenerated in the stolen earth meaning hes that matt uld have been the last doctor

    • jon

      November 24th, 2013 - 6:01pm

      totaly agree thats the way round it after all they gave the master a whole new set of regenerations for saving the doctor in the trial of a timelord

    • TheDoctorWhoGeek

      November 24th, 2013 - 6:26pm

      I assumed that the Time Lords would grant the Doctor more lives as he ‘froze’ them and fixed the Time War. Either that or because the 13 lives rule is implemented by the Time Lords (i.e. they could live past 13 but the Time Lords terminated life after then) the Doctor will just continue until the Time Lords catch him (or not as they’re in their little bubble – like a painting)

  • 47

    November 24th, 2013 - 12:05pm

    I went to the cinema to see it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. My own personal preferences is weight, gravity and drama, as portrayed in Night Of The Doctor, and not been big in appreciation for the Moffat/Smith era as this has too often been substituted for comedy, childish tantrums and clowning about. So, I went with no expectations, for good and certainly not for ill. I enjoyed the story, the part everyone played in it and how the character acting bounced off each other to provide the contrasts; a great ensemble piece. Overall, yeah, good stuff, and to repeat myself cos I can’t be bothered to use a different superlative whilst drinking tea, I enjoyed it, very much.

  • WFK DVD Collector 13

    November 24th, 2013 - 11:51am

    When Tom Baker appeared I just screamed! Although I don’t think that he was playing the doctor…. That would make no sense.

    • JustCurious

      November 24th, 2013 - 11:57am

      I think he was, but not the fourth. The doctor “revisited” old faces, so he might be a post-12th doctor

    • Anonymous

      November 24th, 2013 - 12:05pm

      Yeah…that’s what I gathered….a post regeneration cycle Doctor…maybe he can only change into past incarnations and live out the rest of their natural lives…who knows but Moffat is a genius.

    • jon

      November 24th, 2013 - 6:07pm

      he was the the 4th doctor no 11 says i never forget a face and listen to what they say cryptic clues in them very sentences a curator would have no knolowlegde of galafrey its safe to asume the fourth doctor went back to see as he said i could be you or maybe im you gives it away

    • Hellbelly

      November 25th, 2013 - 7:20pm

      It’s a future incarnation of the Doctor, as he says “revisiting an old favourite”, namely that of the 4th Doctor.

  • alex

    November 24th, 2013 - 11:41am

    I watched Dr who in the cinema in Southampton. The crowd cheered when the old title sequence started! When Tom turned up they went wild! Really worth seeing in the cinema. I couldn’t see that well because sombody wore a fez infront 🙁

    • Matt Smithy

      November 24th, 2013 - 5:44pm

      That’s the reason I decided NOT to watch it in the cinema. I know everyone would be cheering and breaking the tension even though the people that made it aren’t anywhere close by so what’s the point in clapping for them or cheering. Plus bad view.

  • Robert

    November 24th, 2013 - 11:10am

    I am lost

    • Anonymous

      November 24th, 2013 - 5:58pm

      Watch it again

  • doc fan

    November 24th, 2013 - 11:07am

    By the way who noticed the 12th doctor cos I did?

  • whoniversal

    November 24th, 2013 - 10:28am


    It filled a lot of loopholes and answered a lot of questions for me; and I’ve watched it from 1963 when I was 9.

    Did any one else freeze-frame the very end of John Hurt’s re-gen?

    I’m sure it started to morph into Peter Capaldi. And there’s no reason why it shouldn’t!!!

    • whoniversal

      November 24th, 2013 - 10:48am

      This could also explain earlier comments about Hurt being the 9th and 10,11 & 12 not existing in Capaldi’s time line.

      If you look at the end credits Hurt is number at 9.

      I had been trying to figure out why the order was like that in the credits, it wasn’t appearance order or alphabetical.


      November 24th, 2013 - 2:27pm

      He was regenerating in to Eccleston

    • whoniversal

      November 24th, 2013 - 2:46pm

      but that would throw out the sequence!

    • Matt Smithy

      November 24th, 2013 - 5:47pm

      no… Paul regenerates into John (Night of the Doctor), John regenerates into Chris (as shown in the time-line too) and so on, then Matt regenerates into Capaldi. Don’t believe me? Can’t wait to see your face at Christmas…

    • Jammy2305

      November 25th, 2013 - 12:42am

      Hurts Doctor isn’t known as the Doctor… So Ecclestone is still “The 9th Doctor” and so on… Even though he is now the 10th incarnation. Capaldi is the 12th Doctor but the 13th and final incarnation of that Timelord.

  • the astroanut of death

    November 24th, 2013 - 10:18am

    bravo moffat.bravo

  • cyberman2

    November 24th, 2013 - 10:16am

    So what did I think of it *shows flashback of me at the cinema with my jaw dropped and screaming* IT. WAS. BRILLIANT!!!!

    • cyberman2

      November 24th, 2013 - 10:24am

      Ps I said hurt had a tardis interior which was different to tennants and someone said I was wrong we’ll looks like you were wrong

    • cyberman2

      November 24th, 2013 - 10:25am


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