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Thread: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special.*Spoilers*

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    Is anyone here a fan of Doctor Who?

    Have you seen the 50th Anniversary special yet?


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    Yes and yes.
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    Yup.

    And An Adventure in Space and Time is on right now.
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    Saw the show yesterday and was happy to see how they pulled that all together as they did. Good to see all of the doctors there as well.
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    I saw it - great episode!
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    I have to admit, I got a little verklempt when they brought in all of the Doctors towards the end.

    An Adventure in Space and Time was also very good in my opinion.
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    Millions tune in for Doctor Who anniversary

    Nov. 24, 2013, 6:40 AM EST

    BBC bosses have scored a mention in the Guinness World Record books after "Doctor Who" fans in almost 100 countries tuned in for the 50th anniversary special this weekend.

    The highly-anticipated episode, in which current Time Lord Matt Smith united onscreen with previous Doctors David Tennant and Tom Baker, and former star Billie Piper, was broadcast in the U.K. on Saturday night, attracting more than 10 million viewers alone.

    Bing: "Doctor Who" anniversary special

    It was simultaneously aired in 94 countries around the world so fans could all follow the story 'live', and millions more are estimated to have tuned in.

    The one-off anniversary episode, titled The Day of the Doctors, also featured veteran actor John Hurt, and producers thrilled fans by including the Doctor's iconic enemies the Daleks and the Zygons.

    It was screened at more than 1,500 cinemas and on TV networks around the world, earning the event the Guinness World Record for "the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama".

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    Hey it is what great to watch, but it did kind of leave me asking the question that if his future selves stopped him using the weapon in the past, even though they already remember him using the weapon in the past, then how does that work? Certainly seems like some sort of paradox has been created there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    Hey it is what great to watch, but it did kind of leave me asking the question that if his future selves stopped him using the weapon in the past, even though they already remember him using the weapon in the past, then how does that work? Certainly seems like some sort of paradox has been created there.
    Remember, The time lines weren't in sync. When the 10th doctor and "War Doctor" return to their own time lines they do not retain any memory of these events. As far as they remember, the weapon was used. The same can be said of the 11th Doctor up until these events occurred. (This is why the 11th Doctor doesn't remember ever meeting himself when he was the 10th Doctor).
    The 11th Doctor's future time line is the only one where he remembers the events. Put it down to "timey-wimey".

    One way to look at it is that the Doctor never really destroyed Gallifrey, as his future selves intervened. He can remember his deciding to do it, and then the next thing he remembers is coming out of a new regeneration with the Dalaks and Gallifrey both gone, and can only assume that he went through with it without actually remembering the act. The 10th Doctor doesn't remember stopping him because The weapon's conscience prevents it. (This shouldn't be hard for an entity that can allow travel to a time-locked era.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janus View Post
    I have to admit, I got a little verklempt when they brought in all of the Doctors towards the end.

    An Adventure in Space and Time was also very good in my opinion.
    I'm not sure what "verklempt" means, but at the scene where the 12 Doctors were all contacting the War Council my inner fangirl was totally screaming. And then when "No... thirteen!" and then *eyes* I was like, totally fangasm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daecon View Post

    I'm not sure what "verklempt" means,
    verklempt - YouTube
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    Believe it or not, I forgot to watch it last night on BBC iPlayer. That's my head up to it's old tricks again...

    Did just finish watching it now and it was great. I watched the last episode of season 7 and the mini episodes just to get back into the groove.

    I didn't know about "An Adventure in Space and Time". Better get to it!
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    Thanks for putting the spoiler tag in the thread title, can't believe I forgot to do that.

    For those of you lamenting the absence of other classic-flavoured Doctors, I present to you The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Written by a certain Peter Davison and star-studded with cameos.

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    Can anyone explain what the Tom Baker 'bit' was about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedPanda View Post
    Can anyone explain what the Tom Baker 'bit' was about?
    I think that it was hinting that Baker was a future regeneration of the Doctor. That some time in the future, the Doctor would "repeat" a form he had taken before. This doesn't stretch canon too much, as in the 2nd Doctor's last episode, he is given the choice of what his next regeneration would look like by the Time Lords. So we must assume that the ability to control the process does exist. Thus it it is feasible that the Doctor will someday learn this trick and decide to "revisit" some of his old faces as Baker puts it in the episode. Of course, the Baker character couldn't just come out and say that this was the case and had to be cryptic, because, as Dr. River Song would say "Spoilers!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janus View Post
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    Can anyone explain what the Tom Baker 'bit' was about?
    I think that it was hinting that Baker was a future regeneration of the Doctor. That some time in the future, the Doctor would "repeat" a form he had taken before. This doesn't stretch canon too much, as in the 2nd Doctor's last episode, he is given the choice of what his next regeneration would look like by the Time Lords. So we must assume that the ability to control the process does exist. Thus it it is feasible that the Doctor will someday learn this trick and decide to "revisit" some of his old faces as Baker puts it in the episode. Of course, the Baker character couldn't just come out and say that this was the case and had to be cryptic, because, as Dr. River Song would say "Spoilers!"
    Thanks for the explanation.
    I guess it was just an excuse to get Tom Baker back on screen - not directly tied to anything in particular.
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    I wouldn't think bringing back a previous doctor would be a prudent thing to do. They should always let some newcomer get the part to keep It fresh and up to date as possible, IMHO. I understand why they would want to but that wouldn't keep with the theme of the story to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    I wouldn't think bringing back a previous doctor would be a prudent thing to do. They should always let some newcomer get the part to keep It fresh and up to date as possible, IMHO. I understand why they would want to but that wouldn't keep with the theme of the story to me.
    Oh, they'll never actually do this during the run of the show, it will always be something that lay some time off in the Doctor's future, when he decides to "retire".
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    In regards to the episode, all I can say is, "Epic."

    When Tom Baker came back, I almost lost it. I grew up watching reruns of him as The Doctor with my mom. To me, he will always be THE Doctor.

    Also, is Tennant not the most watchable person on television? Love that guy.
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    another Doctor Who fan. watched it from the very beginning. liked the An Adventure in Space and Time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    In regards to the episode, all I can say is, "Epic."

    When Tom Baker came back, I almost lost it. I grew up watching reruns of him as The Doctor with my mom. To me, he will always be THE Doctor.

    Also, is Tennant not the most watchable person on television? Love that guy.
    Lots of nice little touches; starting with the original title sequence and the opening shot that echoed the opening shot of the very first episode (a Bobbie and a sign pointing to the junk yard where the 1st Doctor kept the TARDIS), and then continuing on to show Clara teaching at the same school at which Ian and Barbara (the Doctor's first human companions) taught.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    In regards to the episode, all I can say is, "Epic."

    When Tom Baker came back, I almost lost it. I grew up watching reruns of him as The Doctor with my mom. To me, he will always be THE Doctor.

    Also, is Tennant not the most watchable person on television? Love that guy.
    Hated him until I watched him as The Doctor. Now he is the man to beat (never watched the older ones). Nice to see Peter Capaldi doing a cameo as well.

    Rose Tyler has gone a bit downhill imo.... Was good to see her as another incarnation of The Impossible Girl AND Bad Wolf though.


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    tbh: I enjoyed 'An Adventure in Space and Time' more than the anniversary episode.
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    Yeah. I'm a bit inclined that way myself.

    It's so easy to forget how ground-breaking the whole thing was for its time. Woman producer, South Asian director, a budget equivalent to the smell of an oily rag, the educational content. And then the put-together-with-chewing-gum-and-string genius of the Tardis and the Daleks.

    I remember liking the similar ambience of Blake's Seven - you were never quite sure that the set wouldn't shake itself to bits when someone bumped into it.
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    And for those who felt that they should have made use of the other still living Doctor's:

    Classic Doctors Crash The Anniversary Special In The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot | Giant Freakin Robot
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