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What Did You Think of The Time of the Doctor?

What Did You Think of The Time of the Doctor?

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars – and amongst them, the Doctor.

Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.



  • Nathanwho

    December 29th, 2013 - 1:15pm

    😀 😀

  • Nathanwho

    December 29th, 2013 - 11:19am

    y’unno,Tasha Lem reminded me of River Song. and y’unno what else.
    ‘LEM’ is ‘MEL’ backwards!
    any ideas?????!!!

    • Doctor Stu

      December 29th, 2013 - 11:41am

      But tasha lem died so she can’t be river

    • Nathanwho

      December 29th, 2013 - 11:49am

      but she could be a past version of river we don’t know about??

    • JJ

      December 30th, 2013 - 9:02pm

      Melody as a baby. Then in New York. Then regenerates. Then she grows up as Mels in Leadworth with Amy and Rory. Then gets shot and regenerates into River. Then River uses all her regenerations To Save The Doctor. Then River sacrifices herself. Then River is saved.

    • Castromazing

      February 26th, 2014 - 8:13pm

      Mel bush mum

  • DoctorArkham

    December 29th, 2013 - 11:14am

    I must voice my displeasure at this episode. The first 50 minutes were nail biting, very good indeed. But by the end I felt that this was not a fitting goodbye to Matt Smith. I mean come on, surely 11 needed a more dynamic exit? And Amy bloody Pond coming back… ugh. Isn’t her story done? And Rory has done way more than Amy so why wasn’t he there??? And the half-a-millisecond regeneration was diabolical and just lazy of the BBC. And then Capaldi running around screaming in a Scottish accent! I don’t have anything against it, but it sounded a lot like he was putting it on too much. This episode isn’t in my good books – 2/5

    • Doctor Stu

      December 29th, 2013 - 11:42am

      Amy was the eleventh doctors main companion like rose to David Tennant so it was only fitting that she came back

    • Dalek the Supreme

      December 30th, 2013 - 1:09am

      So you liked almost the entirety of the episode, but give it a rating of less than half? Also, the reason for the short change was because the big part of the regeneration came with destroying the Daleks, and honestly, what makes moping about change and acting like the next Doctor isn’t the Doctor better than reflecting on what we’re leaving behind, but still looking ahead to what the next Doctor will bring?

    • DoctorArkham

      December 30th, 2013 - 10:34am

      The rating is based on the regeneration sequence/outcome. If I had to rate this episode it would get at least 3. I’m really excited for Capaldi’s Doctor but I think that he needs to tone down the accent and make it less apparant. I found that Amy returning was emotional- but was it really necessary? There are an infinite number of possiblilites that could’ve been done, but Amy’s return was easily the most predictable.

    • DoctorArkham

      December 30th, 2013 - 10:37am

      Also, in this Crack In Time arc, there is a plot hole. The Cracks in Time closed when the Doctor averted the destruction of the TARDIS in 2010, does this mean that Gallifrey caused the TARDIS to explode in a future series?

    • Kyle Seyerle

      December 31st, 2013 - 1:42am


  • Alex Schembri

    December 29th, 2013 - 9:37am

    The message at the beginning sounded cool. Wish u could get it as a ringtone

    • Nathanwho

      December 29th, 2013 - 11:52am

      it kinda sounded like peter capaldi.
      the same voice from ‘the pandorica opens’ on the TARDIS computer????

  • philip

    December 29th, 2013 - 1:02am

    Only just seen it on catch up.

    What happened to the turkey and did it make the
    dining room table?

    Not sure if this episode was a turkey and so I will watch it a couple more times.

    Clara as ever holds it together.

    will she be able to have the same flirty chemistry with Capaldi.. probably not appropriate .. so cant see her fitting in

    maybe wrong..

    another scots accent with capaldi

    well done matt… I think the Snowman episode still one of my favourites.. great music too.,.

    always sad to see a doctor go..

    did he get the tardis key back?
    A Christmas Tarkey !!

    well done all at BBC Wales

    Nadolig Llawen

    • Anonymous

      December 29th, 2013 - 11:26am

      the turkey was saved from the oven

      my biggest issue was that there were so many commercials it was choppy,, I was alittle disappointed really,, I think I either missed a lot of the episode or it was confusing and part did not really make sense,, and then the very ending,,
      your right re clara

  • Anonymous

    December 28th, 2013 - 6:22pm

    I have noticed a tiny plot hole when the 11th doctor regenerated into capaldi. capaldi should have been seen whereing matts wig and the wig would have not regenerated

    • Dalek the Supreme

      December 28th, 2013 - 8:57pm

      The Doctor was protecting Trenzalore for centuries. Since his hair aged, it’s safe to say that it grew back while he was battling Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, and all those others.

  • CyberGuy500

    December 28th, 2013 - 6:07pm

    After watching it again I enjoyed it a bit more but I’m still annoyed he didn’t say Geronimo.

    • Dalek the Supreme

      December 28th, 2013 - 8:58pm

      That would have been predictable. If there’s one thing Steven Moffat is good at, it’s almost always doing the unexpected.

    • Kyle Seyerle

      December 31st, 2013 - 1:44am

      But he said, “NEVER TELL ME THE RULES!”

  • Thetasigma

    December 28th, 2013 - 5:41pm

    I think it helps to watch the episode again a couple of times which i normally do as we all miss something on the intial viewing, on the whole it was a good episode and had a lot to live up to compared to the 50th aniversary!
    Maybe it could have been a little better and i have seem comments about the regeneration scene being too short?
    From what i see this was a two stage regeneration with the initial phase on the clock tower (reset?) after getting his new life cycle, phase two was in the tardis which was a little quicker than what we are used to. don’t forget what the doctor said about that regeneration being a little longer than normal and i wonder if that is due to his “rebirth?”.
    As for Peter Capaldi i have every confidence we are in for something special with his take on the new Doctor! Roll on 2014!

  • timelord327

    December 28th, 2013 - 4:03pm

    Ithink that the story should havebeen a 2 paerter like tens last. This would have allowed SM to, let it flow and giving more indepth detail to ‘Christmas’ and ‘Handles’. Not ONE ‘Geronimo in the entire episode, bit diapointed. I think that by having a quick regeneration it got rid of the tension and shocked the viewers by giving something they’re not used to. (that was a good thing) 8/10 Moffat- OK, but nowhere near DOTD.

    • Kyle Seyerle

      December 31st, 2013 - 1:45am

      If it were a 2 parter, then viewers would have been tuned off of BBC, and BBC AMERICA.

  • Big D

    December 28th, 2013 - 2:48pm

    I quite enjoyed it. Yes it had its pacing issues. Yes it should have been longer and yes, I still believe SM should go and hand over to MG. But over all I quite enjoyed it. Better on a second viewing.
    Im amazed at the number of people making bold statements about PC as he was only in it for a few seconds. Lets hope that when the series returns he will bring more gravitas and ‘old school’ Doctor with him instead of the childish, schmaltzy stuff we’ve had of late.
    Lets also hope that Clara stays around for a while. Second best assistant (to the great Sarah Jane)inmy humble opinion.

    • Jon Patrick Hartnell

      December 29th, 2013 - 10:13pm

      Couldnt agree more. Lets hope for more Doctors 1 – 4 stuff. Would love to see a darker Doctor. Also agree about Clara and Sarah Jane.

    • Kyle Seyerle

      December 31st, 2013 - 1:46am

      Hey, Jon, are you by any chance related to the late William Hartnell?


    December 28th, 2013 - 1:45pm

    I thought I would watch it again before I said anything, but I still found it not that great. The plot was a miss mash and moved too quickly, and too many story arcs were answered. I think the Crack in Time should’ve been left alone, as series 5 was Matt and Steven’s test series. The Silence didn’t have a major part and just got slated by the old Daleks, which should’ve been the new ones. Not fond of the growing old thing either as I think the Doctor should’ve been allowed to be him for his last episode, not restricted by a walking stick. I still don’t know why the monsters all wanted the Doctor, as he wasn’t saying his name anyway, and again Clara saved the day and stole the show as she made the TL’s give the Doc more lives.

    It was great to see Amy at the end, and part of me thinks she should’ve just stuck with him for his whole era, as the Crack was essentially her story. She could’ve upped and left Capaldi saying ; I don’t want to forget my Doctor’ or something like that. Would’ve been nice to see Rory there too, he could’ve just come on with Amy. Also the 11th Doctor’s last line was well written, and the regeneration wasn’t too bad.

    Capaldi will be great, although he was just like Matt’s entrance, and I think he should’ve been like the 6th Doctor. Also the TARDIS was randomly crashing…

    I was quite disappointed with the whole thing, at many moments it got good, then fell a bit flat.

    • Professor When

      December 28th, 2013 - 3:50pm

      Agree mostly. 🙂

      I wonder if the Tardis was in a strop about the Doctor regenerating, an that is why it was crashing? 😀


      December 28th, 2013 - 5:51pm

      Maybe, but if SM didn’t write it, how are we meant to know it?

  • will

    December 28th, 2013 - 12:04pm

    An amazing end to Matt Smith era I hope they keep it up for Peters era

    • Kyle Seyerle

      December 31st, 2013 - 1:47am


  • fiona ting

    December 28th, 2013 - 11:44am

    Matt smith is wonderful doctor
    and I will miss him but peter also
    perfect doctor for the future

  • cyberman2

    December 28th, 2013 - 10:14am

    so by the looks of it they are gonna take a break from the doctors name and a break from the time lords in another universe. maybe

  • Ros

    December 28th, 2013 - 9:56am

    The new doctor has zero charisma. The plot of this final episode with MAtt Smith was poor. SO disappointed.

    • MasterKasterborous

      December 28th, 2013 - 10:41am

      That’s a big assumption for 30 seconds of screen time.

    • TheBritishCupOfTea

      December 28th, 2013 - 5:09pm

      Ros, you’ve seen less than 30 seconds of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor so far, so you cannot judge him on that short clip. Also remember, he’s still loopy after regeneration.

    • 100000BC

      December 30th, 2013 - 1:32pm

      You can’t judge him by that short clip where he’s still suffering from regenerative trauma. Remember- He is the Doctor, whether you like it… or not.

    • TomBakersBiggestFan

      December 31st, 2013 - 3:51pm

      100000BC love your reference to Colin Baker!

  • Finlay

    December 28th, 2013 - 8:09am

    I was very disappointed

  • The Renegade

    December 28th, 2013 - 3:31am

    The line about the kidneys was disappointingly predictable and silly. The only other thing I didn’t like both in this and the 50th anniversary episode is the lack of funky Time Lord Weaponry. The Doctor is fine blowing up enemies all over the place but stands defending Christmas in both siege and open war against all his enemies without a single serious weapon?

    • TomBakersBiggestFan

      December 31st, 2013 - 3:54pm

      So, The Renegade, you are seriously telling me that you predicted that PC’s first words as the Doctor were going to be about his kidneys. I highly doubt that. -_-

  • Marcus

    December 28th, 2013 - 1:44am

    It was anti climactic and had a claustrophobic atmosphere to it(The Dr. just forgets earth and disappears for 300 years? I wonder what happened to UNIT).All in all Im happy with the changes S Moffat made. Im glad the worst of RT Davies’ideas were rolled back. It was a good to bring back Gallifrey and I loved John Hurt in the Day of The Doctor. Capaldi is a throwback Doctor, he seems like one of the originals. I cant wait for the new episodes.

  • CG

    December 28th, 2013 - 12:02am

    Farewell Matt, well done! Welcome Peter, I’m sure you will be “fantastic”!

    • Kyle Seyerle

      December 31st, 2013 - 1:48am

      CG, to that I say, “GERONIMO!”

  • TardisMike

    December 27th, 2013 - 8:01pm

    Just re-watched the episode again and enjoyed it much more than the initial viewing. That’s the great thing about Moffat scripted episodes there is always much more to see and hear than on first viewing. The writing was sharp, clever and witty. The production values remain extremely high. The actors, writers & crew are at the top of their game.

    • Booboo Jr

      December 27th, 2013 - 10:04pm

      Well said. I think we would all benefit from a second viewing, it might change a few people’s opinion on the episode.

    • Sandra

      December 28th, 2013 - 2:28pm

      Tried watching again. A tad better, but still very disappointing!

  • Defender of Trenzalore

    December 27th, 2013 - 6:19pm

    Does any one else appreciate the irony that the ‘youngest’ Doctor died of old age?
    🙂 🙁

    • Anonymous

      December 27th, 2013 - 6:33pm

      I just thought he could of had a better story like Tennants but yes I do appreciate the irony that the ‘youngest’ Doctor died of old age and it was an alright episode

    • Defender of Trenzalore

      December 27th, 2013 - 8:03pm

      I thought it was actually very good, but fair enough; I was just curious!

    • Dalek the Supreme

      December 28th, 2013 - 6:04am

      Yes, it’a funny in afterthought. I’m just happy it was actually a good regeneration and not another case of “I don’t wanna go”.

  • alex

    December 27th, 2013 - 6:14pm

    Goodbye matt, good job too! Capaldi looks promising though!

    • david robertson

      December 29th, 2013 - 3:04am

      Sorry but every entrance iv seen has depicted the new doctor perfectly everytime. Matt has me thinking he would be great from all of the 30 seconds we saw him after david T’s regeneration.

      Capaldi on the other hand came out looking like a drunk. Possibly homeless. He just isnt doing for me. I was massively disapointed the second I saw him.

      Oh and the doctor not knowing how to fly the tardis????

      I cant beleive people are being payed to choose awful actors.

    • Kyle Seyerle

      December 31st, 2013 - 1:51am


  • GallopingDalek

    December 27th, 2013 - 6:06pm

    Matt Smith will be missed now lets see how Peter Capaldi does as the doctor

  • peter

    December 27th, 2013 - 6:04pm

    I thought at first that clara was seeing the capaldi looking like the 11 th doctir like he was because of the hologram thing with the clothes. Then he started having hallucinations. Not the best resolution to to multiple season arcs.

    • Defender of Trenzalore

      December 27th, 2013 - 11:50pm

      I thought the same with the hologram thing,
      great minds ay…

  • dalek eternal

    December 27th, 2013 - 5:18pm

    I don’t know why so many people are complaining about having an older actor to play the doctor considering the show stated with an old actor who was brilliant and then again we had pertwee who is one of my favourite doctors I think people need to give capaldi a chance I think he’ll be brilliant

    • The astronaut of death

      December 27th, 2013 - 5:21pm

      Yeah I remember when Matt started everyone was saying that he was to young and he would be terrible and look at him now he is a brilliant doctor

      And I’m sure it will be the same situation for capaldi except for the part of people thinking he will be to young

  • The astronaut of death

    December 27th, 2013 - 5:10pm

    What did people think of the 11th doctors final words

    “I will always remember when the doctor was me”

    • Dalek the Supreme

      December 27th, 2013 - 8:03pm

      Sheer poetry at best, and at worst it was far better than “I don’t wanan go”

    • Defender of Trenzalore

      December 27th, 2013 - 11:56pm

      I thought they were brilliant and touching; as you could tell they came from the bottom of not just The Doctors’ heart(s) but Matts’ too and that he really meant it
      If I cried at emotional things like this, I probably would have cried here
      😉 :'(

    • BUY Me

      January 14th, 2014 - 8:21pm

      Actually it was hey

  • Anonymous

    December 27th, 2013 - 3:41pm

    They were 4 key things that got me annoyed with Steven Moffat, he shouldn’t of changed the TARDIS in the Snowmen, it should of sayed the same since 2010 and He shouldn’t of changed his clothes because it was better in his tweed jacket and everything also the series 6 and 7 splits, it was stupid and also what really made me annoyed is that Matt Smiths final words weren’t Geronimo!

    • Jamie

      December 27th, 2013 - 4:11pm

      Im glad his last words weren’t Geronimo that would have been very predictable and disappointing. And personally I like the newer TARDIS console room more than the previous one.

    • the council

      December 27th, 2013 - 4:11pm

      It was a good episode the down side no good last words and i dont like capaldi

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 27th, 2013 - 4:19pm

      anonymous: the Tardis was changed because the 2010 set could not be moved from the old building to the new one

      it is also an improvement because it looks like a real high working Time machine instead of a cosy little “wizards cupboard” as Moffat says

      can you imagine “Journey to the Centre of the Tardis” with the 2010 room? there would be no tension! 😆

    • Defender of Trenzalore

      December 28th, 2013 - 12:01am

      The current TARDIS is perhaps THE best design yet, and far better than the 2010 one, Matts’ ‘new’ look was amazing and his last words were brilliant!
      But I do agree about season splitting being awful

    • Kyle Seyerle

      December 31st, 2013 - 1:53am


  • dalek fan

    December 27th, 2013 - 3:34pm

    it was quite sad.but i also thought pete would be
    like the 1st that i mean grumpy!

    • Anonymous

      December 27th, 2013 - 3:43pm

      I see where you coming from but no he is the 12th doctor

    • the council

      December 27th, 2013 - 4:13pm

      He acted to imuture about the kidneys i will not like this doc

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 27th, 2013 - 4:20pm

      the kidney line was silly

      but the Doctor always behaves immature at the beginning of a new incarnation

    • Dalek the Supreme

      December 27th, 2013 - 8:11pm

      Don’t judge the new Doctor by his first lines, he’s always a bit loopy after regenerating. Sometimes he’s crazy, suffers periods of unconciousness or odd food cravings, violent, or simply excited about his new body.

    • RYCBAR123

      December 28th, 2013 - 6:47am

      There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes! 😀

    • Lover Of Who

      December 28th, 2013 - 12:44pm

      Not to mention, the start of a whole new set of regenerations. He must be very very confused right now

  • Framer frank

    December 27th, 2013 - 3:26pm

    I have a theroy that may answer why his regeneration was so quick.
    When Clara opened the tardis , you saw his cloths all over the floor.
    He’d already changed, Clara was seeing him young and perhaps what the tardis wanted her to see. Then being grabbed by peters dr, kinda shaped her out of her trance. Don’t forget he’d gone through a powerful regeneration on top of the tower.

    • Anonymous

      December 27th, 2013 - 3:52pm

      Maybe just stick to the explanation given in the episode.

    • the council

      December 27th, 2013 - 4:08pm

      Yes i think that to because all of the regen energy was used on the top of the tower so he dident have enough to do afull blown one

    • the council

      December 27th, 2013 - 4:13pm

      A full one sorry

    • McGann is the Doctor

      December 27th, 2013 - 4:23pm

      not a bad theory but the story explained otherwise

    • Anonymous

      December 28th, 2013 - 10:54am

      I think that regeneration was just so powerful as he’d just got more lives, so for the next they should have it like tennent to smiths but have a different effect. Something like the regeneration on top of the chuch tower with like molten liquid stuff shot out of his hands, like we was in TTOTD, just not as powerful or big.

    • WhovianinTexas

      December 29th, 2013 - 1:02am

      Here’s the deal with the Dr’s regeneration. I’ve seen several regenerations and only nine and ten had ‘golden light shooting out their fingers’ (oh–and The War Doctor as well). The rest just faded into the next Dr., JUST LIKE Matt Smith did. So the regeneration of THIS doctor was more true to the ORIGINAL first NINE Doctors. As for Americans believing THEY are ‘the biggest fan base’and the BBC needs to let them call the shots–I say B.S. Dr. Who had MAJOR fans everywhere in the WORLD before the Americans ever even saw their first Tardis. As for the whole show–I wanted it to be longer….maybe two full hours. Satisfied though. Fitting ending for Matt Smith.

  • Anonymous

    December 27th, 2013 - 3:23pm

    I was and very surprised the 11th Doctors last words weren’t “Geronimo!” How could Steven Moffat not put that in?

    • the astronaut of death

      December 28th, 2013 - 3:26pm

      im glad it was not that as that would have been to predictable

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