Reviews The Day of the Doctors

Published on November 27th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

The Kasterborous Team Reviews The Day of the Doctor

Since 2005 we’ve reviewed every new episode of Doctor Who as it was aired. The majority of these reviews – particularly the event episodes – have been written by me, Christian Cawley, founder and editor.

It seemed a little unfair of me to hog the episode for my own personal review under the circumstances, so instead I’ve invited various members of the team to offer their thoughts on Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary romp, The Day of the Doctor.

James Whittington

As celebrations go this was bombastic stuff with delicate hints and nods to the past every so often coupled with props and lines that would have had the hairs on the back of any fan’s neck standing up to attention. The surprises were smart, each one lapped up and shared amongst those watching, or in my case explained to my daighters and wife. And then The Curator took the stage and the tears arrived. My whole childhood and adulthood was there. In five minutes my passion and love for the show welled up inside.

The story may not have been the finest, a slight Christmas Carol feeling to it, but the enthusiasm and edge between the Doctors was memorable, the Dick Van Dyke quip spot on, and hopefully this has paved the way for the return of more old favourites and old Doctors…

Mez Burdett

Best birthday ever. I could, for the life of me, not stop crying happy tears for the last ten minutes. Then I manned up and cried some more for the wonderful fifty years we’ve all experienced. Not one line, but it reflects my emotion, which was crying.

Becky Crockett

[pullquote align="right"]Thirteen TARDISes hurtling towards Gallifrey to #SAVETHEDAY is something I didn’t even know my inner-fan was desperate to see[/pullquote]Emotionally and hilariously and nostalgically nourishing!
The movie was an excellent nod to the past of the show while being a magnificent look at where the show is headed!

Barnaby Eaton-Jones

I turned 40 the day after Doctor Who‘s celebratory episode and, as the show has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember, it all ties in with my happy childhood and my illness-ridden adulthood. So, watching it at the cinema was a no-brainer. Laughing and cheering and clapping along with everyone else was a touching experience. And I came out of the cinema in a bit of a daze, feeling like – however much us adults take fandom a little too seriously and critically – I felt like a child again that night.

Jonathan Appleton

All things considered Moffat and the team did pretty well I reckon, the dirty fibbers… I’m not sure how much sense parts of it made but hey, this one was never about that (although the redemption theme was nicely played and rather moving). Those last twenty minutes surely captured the essence of the programme as well as anything has in the midst of this extraordinary jamboree we’ve been enjoying for what feels like every one of those fifty years now.

Nicholas Kitchen

Steven Moffat said in an interview prior to the 50th that the goal was to celebrate what’s come before and push the show forward into the future. The Day of the Doctor succeeded in both celebrating the past and giving the Doctor a new purpose: finding Gallifrey! While I feel there are more questions than answers after seeing the 50th, it was in my estimate the best episode of Doctor Who to date!

Alasdair McKenzie

One to rewatch endlessly, thanks to lovely, often hilarious interplay between the three Doctors.

James Lomond

The Day of the Doctor made me feel like I was seven again.  Thirteen TARDISes hurtling towards Gallifrey to #SAVETHEDAY is something I didn’t even know my inner-fan was desperate to see. Bold, bonkers and with a visit from the future by the Thirteenth Doctor. Joyous!

Excellent closing words there from James. If you’re a Kasterborous purist and want to know what I thought, then please give this week’s podKast a listen –  the excitement from Saturday evening is still clearly present, and you’ll also get to see how Brian Terranova and James McLean reacted to it


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About the Author


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

5 Responses to The Kasterborous Team Reviews The Day of the Doctor

  1. avatar castellanspandrel says:

    “If you’re a Kasteborous purist and want to know what I thought, then please give this week’s podKast a listen – the excitement from Saturday evening is still clearly present, and you’ll also get to see how Brian Terranova and James McLean reacted to it. Until you do, let’s finish with James…” – I never said this, by the way.

    • Compiling this was an unintentional nightmare. Thanks for the heads-up :)

  2. avatar Derek Browell says:

    There were some wonderful moments in the episode……Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the programme ,particularly in the opening seconds.I was amused that a sign for Totters Lane would be on the wall of the school,if Ian and Barbara had to search for Susan’s address,but I suppose thats really splitting hairs…….Tom was his usual mystic self,and the allusion to “seeing old faces” has kept my hopes up THAT SUSAN WILL REGENERATE…get the message…old fans last plea….Please.Peter Davisons “Last of the Summer Time Travellers” was an equally fitting tribute… was Mark Gatiss’ (for me)big tissue time…

  3. Not sure if it means anything, but: when the tardis lands on Trezalore its window cracks, we see this as the doctor gets out and picks at it. The “monument” tardis already on the planet has the same window crack. AND the promo art for the episode shows the doctor looking through a cracked pane of glass. Might mean something, might not- but noticed it either way.

  4. avatar Hyncharas says:

    One might also consider the Time Lords may know how to manipulate Gallifrey’s present condition better than The Doctor is even aware himself. Their stasis technology sounds very similar to the old systems they used to cut themselves off from the rest of the universe; shifting the system out of normal space-time, so a few hours from our perspective might, conceivably, be years in theirs.

    Assuming that Gallifrey has been “frozen” for millennia for everyone else, they may have had millions of years to fully rebuild their world and further improve their technology, to the point that prevents The Doctor from knowing whether they are back or not.

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