The Night Of The Doctor: Excitement Levels Reach 8/8
The Doctor Who Team
The revelations that The Night Of The Doctor sprang were jubilantly received by fans around the world and critics have already applauded the return of the Eighth Doctor. The secrecy surrounding the story enabled huge numbers of fans to watch and relish the surprises it held.
The Night Of The Doctor was our most ambitious mini episode yet, a 7- minute special written by Steven Moffat that plunges viewers into the chaos of the Time War where a spacecraft is hurtling out of control… But the TARDIS is on hand to help its pilot and we all know who will step from the blue box to offer assistance except… ‘I’m a Doctor!’ says a familiar voice. ‘But probably not the one you expected!’
Dead right! There he was - the Eighth Doctor himself - last seen in the Doctor Who TV Movie in 1996! It was a wonderful moment and Paul McGann was able to recapture the character immediately with all the wit and charisma that typified his take on the Doctor. We soon had another blast from the past, quite literally as the Doctor crash-landed on Karn, last seen in The Brain of Morbius. And for the first time ever, the dying Doctor was able to choose his next self. A spectacular regeneration and ‘the War Doctor’ appears… This version of the Time Lord, as played by John Hurt, was first seen in The Name of the Doctor, but here he looks much younger… Who was able to resist hitting ‘Play this again’ immediately?
And as day follows night, the 50th Anniversary special will be here soon! The Day of the Doctor premieres on BBC One on Saturday, 23 November at 7.50pm and you can see clips and trailers for that adventure now!