Last night, after months of waiting and speculation, the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary episode was aired worldwide. Fans and general populous alike gathered in cinemas and living rooms around the globe to watch the feature length episode as if it were a Royal Wedding or the Olympics. Okay, Olympics may be taking it a bit far but you get our point. With such anticipation and hype, a lot of pressure was on writer Steven Moffat and the Doctors themselves (Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt) to deliver, so we all waited with bated breath to see if we would have a stinker like the series finale of ‘Dexter’ or a triumph like the conclusion of ‘Breaking Bad’. And luckily, it was a triumph all round. Not only were we gifted with the return of Tennant’s Doctor but a string of in-jokes, throw-backs, cameos and the question on every Whovian’s lips was finally answered: what actually happened on the last day of the Time War? If you were lucky enough to see a 3D screening, you would have experienced an atmosphere that only dork-love can provide. And if you watched it at home, you still would have had goosebumps. Either way, we wanted to highlight all those teary, gaspy, timey wimey moments that made last night’s event so special. Carly-Ann Clements
Opening the show with a helicopter ride over our beautiful city. We couldn’t really ask for more.
Came in with guns blazing, literally. Providing something we never thought we’d see, Hurt’s Doctor hit us between the eyes.
The first glimpse we see of Tennant is this rather dapper painting of him married to Queen Elizabeth I and he had a jovial presence throughout… well, when the story permitted.
All together now:
At first they were competitive.
Then they started to notice their similarities.
And then there were three.
And tension started to fly.
And questions were asked.
And an obvious metaphor was thrown in for good measure.
But eventually, things were harmonious.
And The Doctor was reaffirmed.
1. Ian Chesterton:
Ian Chesterton or Sir Ian of Jaffa was a companion of the first Doctor and a teacher at Coal Hill School in the 1960s. Now, he’s the Chair of Governors at the same school which is coincidentally the school Clara teaches at.
2. The scarf:
We’d recognise that scarf anywhere! The fourth Doctor’s scarf is one of the most recognisable items of clothing the Doctor has ever worn and it just so happens to be on Osgood here.
Though it’s not confirmed, Osgood is most likely the daughter of Tom Osgood, a technical officer at UNIT.
4. The round things:
Featured in the first TARDIS, we discovered exactly what the round things are and where they came from in Thursday night’s ‘An Adventure in Time and Space’.
The in-jokes and new series references
1. The click:
A trick learnt from River Song, a character that was surprisingly missed out of the anniversary special.
2. Bad Wolf:
Go all the way back to 2005 when Christopher Eccleston was Rose’s Doctor and you get Bad Wolf: the all-knowing, physical embodiment of the TARDIS. Maybe this should have gone in the goosebumps category.
3. ‘Timey wimey’:
A phrase first used in ‘Blink’ that stuck. And if you didn’t know, Tennant’s Doctor made it up.
4. Vortex Manipulator:
Left to UNIT by Captain Jack Harkness, the vortex manipulator was instantly recognised by all and was a nice reminder of the character we all loved to hate and hated to love.
Another gift from River Song and a heart-breaking moment of tension between the Doctors.
6. ‘You clever boys’:
A further echo of Clara’s statement that rippled through the Doctor’s timeline.
7. ‘I don’t want to go’:
The line that brought tears to viewers back in 2010 was repeated yesterday with a lighter note. It was also used in ‘An Adventure in Time and Space’.
It kind of deserves its own section of adoration don’t you think?
1. The big red button:
2. The no more dance:
3. The machine that goes ding:
4. The bunny:
5. The wedding:
6. The unknown powers of a red stiletto:
7. The Usain Bolt:
1. The opening credits:
The black and white credits harking back to the 1960s series with the original soundtrack was enough to send shivers down your spine.
2. When this painting was revealed:
We didn’t know what it was but we knew it was important.
3. And when we saw how 3D it actually was:
We’re still getting goosebumps now.
4. And don’t even mention when it went into the painting and revealed John Hurt:
ALL THE FEELS!
5. And seeing Gallifray during the Time War:
I just…. No. Words fail me.
6. And then there was the TARDIS in Arcadia:
No matter the surroundings, that blue box always gives you hope and that was certainly the case when it turned up in a flame ridden, war riddled Arcadia.
7. All of the Doctors in the painting:
If one Doctor wasn’t enough for you, three definitely will be.
8. When John Hurt’s Doctor joined in the fun:
After resisting (see above), the secret Doctor embraced the use of the sonic screwdriver and the result was magnificent.
9. When they all worked together:
Mainly because we see John Hurt’s adorable smile.
10. When the TARDISs arrived:
And that old, faithful sound wheezed into being and your breathing followed suit.
11. When the Warrior didn’t have to do it alone:
And you had to do everything you could not to cry.
12. All of the Doctors working together:
The archived footage that formed this sequence may not have made 100 percent sense but it certainly provided an extra special moment.
13. And CAPALDI!:
If you were in a screening room, you were probably surrounded by gasps, cheers and love for the next Doctor and it was beautiful.
14. John Hurt’s regeneration:
The emotional end to John Hurt’s story not only left us on a happy/sad note but it also provided the link to Christopher Eccleston. The perfect ending to his story.
15. TOM BAKER
And his mysterious ‘revisiting’ spiel. The chills!
16. All of the Doctors watching over Gallifray:
The perfect end to a perfect 50th anniversary episode; the twelve Doctors stand and look at the home that was once lost but they may soon find again.
It’s hard to believe that so much was covered in this 75-minute episode. Not only did we finally solve that eight-year mystery and fill in the blank we didn’t know we had, but we now have a whole world of possibility ahead of us.
Here are Mark Gatiss’s five essential elements that make up a ‘Doctor Who’ episode. If you need a recap of everything that’s happened in the past 50 years, here’s a good starting point. And if you missed the 50th anniversary episode or want to watch it again, ‘The Day of the Doctor’ is available on iPlayer.