So, this 1hr25min special was broadcast simultaneously in 90 countries (and on several different worlds, probably) last night. But was it any good? On balance, it probably was. It tied up the (Bad Wolf) story arc of something like 5 different series all in one go – which is one helluva feat. It had John Hurt – always good. It had gags galore (we’ll forgive that they were slightly self-indulgent). It had neat special FX and ideas (a painting that is a frozen slice of time, like suspended animation – was cool!). It had UNIT. It had the new doctor. It had a lovely cameo from Tom Baker. But best of all – it brought back Gallifrey. Hurrah! Let’s hope the new series of Doctor Who will be more political than previous ones. Well done BBC and all those involved.
The Day of the Doctor – reviewed