Head Writer: Steven Moffat
Main Cast: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Jenna Louise-Coleman
Composer: Murray Gold (his music is pure gold)
The first time I watched series 7, I actually didn't like it very much. The first few and last few episodes were very good, but the middle episodes seemed more like fillers that didn't go with the theme of the latter episodes (the "Impossible Girl" theme - which was fantastic, by the way). However, after a second viewing, I like the middle episodes a lot better.
My Thoughts on the SeasonThe Christmas special "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe" did an interesting spin on a story of a family during the war with a play on the 'wardrobe-leading-to-another-world' theme of Narnia. The episode focuses on the importance of family - and, most especially, the strength of a mother. This one is probably one of my favourite of Moffat's Christmas specials (after "The Snowmen").
Run. Run, you clever boy... and remember me.
- "Asylum of the Daleks"
|The Doctor, Amy, and Rory imprisoned by Daleks|
We'd been at war for nine years. A war that had already decimated half of our planet. Our task was to bring peace. And we did. We built an army that routed the enemy and ended the war in less than a week. Do you want me to repent? To beg forgiveness for saving millions of lives?
- "A Town Called Mercy"
Do one more thing for me. There's a little girl waiting in a garden. She's going to wait a long while, so she's going to need a lot of hope. Go to her. Tell her a story. Tell her that if she's patient, the days are coming that she'll never forget. Tell her she'll go to see and fight pirates. She'll fall in love with a man who'll wait two thousand years to keep her safe. Tell her she'll give hope to the greatest painter who ever lived. And save a whale in outer space. Tell her, this is the story of Amelia Pond. And this is how it ends.
- "The Angels Take Manhattan"
|Together...or not at all.|
There's a man called The Doctor. He lives on a cloud in the sky. And all he does, all day every day, is to stop all the children in the world ever having bad dreams.
- "The Snowmen"
Things get a little less exciting again in "The Bells of St. John". However, Moffat is still on track with the "Impossible Girl" as we meet ANOTHER Clara. The Doctor is just as mystified as we are. I personally enjoyed this episode, but not everyone seems to think so. Looking back, that line "I don't know where I am!" ties in incredibly well with "The Name of the Doctor" later on.
I walked away from the last great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space. Just me! I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman! And I watched universes freeze and creation burn! I have seen things you wouldn't believe! I have lost things you will never understand! And I know things, secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken! Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze!
- "The Rings of Akhaten"
|One of "The Rings of Akhaten"'s glorious moments.|
Lots of filler episodes. "Cold War" ... "Hide" ... "Journey to the Center of the Tardis" ... "The Crimson Horror" ... "Nightmare in Silver". I think that "The Crimson Horror" and "Nightmare in Silver" are quite good, and "Hide" isn't bad, but for the most part, these five episodes don't add much to the season. "Cold War" is probably my least favourite episode of the whole Doctor Who reboot.
The Doctor has a secret he will take to the grave. It has been discovered.
- "The Name of the Doctor"
I've had many faces, many lives. But I don't admit to all of them. There's one life I've tried very hard to forget.
- "The Day of the Doctor"
Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.
- "The Day of the Doctor"
|Ten, the War Doctor, Clara, Eleven|
I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone's. It's taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I'm going. Where I've always been going. Home. The long way around.
- "The Day of the Doctor"
.....And then it all goes down with "The Time of the Doctor". I was very unimpressed with this episode. Not only did most of the plot seem to undo the magical cohesiveness of "The Day of the Doctor", but there was a whole mess of previous villains thrown in this episode that didn't even have a purpose in the episode (such as the Weeping Angels). Also, a good portion of this episode was inappropriate and anti-Catholic (I only watched a small portion of the beginning and was informed about the rest by my dad because I just couldn't take any more of it). It all begins when we see the parts of the Doctor not hidden behind the Tardis console...naked. He claims that it is because he is "going to church". The "Papal Mainframe" is a huge jab against the Catholic church - with a "nun" who "appreciates the Doctor's nudity", old villains being turned into "priests", and a fully-decorated room with a bed that looks exactly like an altar.
|Goodbye to Eleven|
HOWEVER, the death of 11 and regeneration into 12 is brilliantly done - with Murray Gold's incredible music tying this episode with "The Rings of Akhaten" and an appearance of a companion very dear to Eleven's heart. But really, these ending scenes in which the Doctor first has a sad scene, then regenerates into his new form, and then the episode ends with a funny moment are love/hate relationships for me because I always feel bad for laughing right after a beloved Doctor has left us.
|And what do YOU think about Capaldi?|
We all change when you think about it. We're all different all through our lives. And that's okay, that's good. You've got to keeping moving. As 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.
- "The Time of the Doctor"
VerdictAt times, I didn't think this season was going to be very good, but it redeemed itself in the end. I'm looking forward to the Peter Capaldi era, albeit a little cautiously after "The Time of the Doctor".
My Top Five Episodes
#1. "The Day of the Doctor"
#2. "The Name of the Doctor"
#3. "The Rings of Akhaten"
#4. "The Angels Take Manhatten"
#5. "The Snowmen"
Alyianna's Rating: 9.5 out of 10
|"The Bells of St. John"|
|"A Town Called Mercy"|
|"The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe"|
|"The Name of the Doctor"|
|"Nightmare in Silver"|
|"The Day of the Doctor"|