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Published on January 9th, 2014 | by Drew Boynton

TV GUIDE’s Time of the Doctor Reactions

This week’s new issue of the USA’s TV Guide features Doctor Who fan reactions to The Time of the Doctor.

Page two – the TV Guide Inbox and letters page – shows a large photo of Matt Smith surrounded by quotes from fans. The fans posted their thoughts on the magazine’s Facebook page and the sample reactions were wide and varied.

Fan Steph Perez says, “Who else needs therapy? I couldn’t help it… I wept the entire episode!” while Jenna Douglass is quoted, “It should have been sad. I wanted to feel the way I did when David Tennant regenerated, but I didn’t. I just felt ‘eh’.” And two of the quotes say they are very much looking forward to Peter Capaldi’s time as the Doctor.

Even famed TV Guide critic Matt Roush recently got into the act in a short answer (SPOILER ALERT!) in his online Q&A page:

“…I had a mostly good time with his final adventure, and was even moved as I saw the Time Lord age. I had no problem with him imagining Amy Pond at the end, because their connection was even deeper than what he shared with Clara (and I can’t imagine she’d disagree), and the fairy-tale nature of his relationship with Amy was such that his transformation wouldn’t have felt complete without a callback to his version’s origin.”

Roush finishes with a little advice to fans (many of whom are probably new to Who in the USA):

“And it’s way too soon to start griping about the direction Doctor Who will take with Peter Capaldi at the helm. One of the great things about this franchise is its adaptability. I suggest viewers try to meet the new guy halfway.”

This will probably be TV Guide’s last Doctor Who-related material for quite some time as they tend to focus almost exclusively (of course) on American-produced shows. But if big Who news were to break (Peter Jackson? A big guest star? Filming in the US?), TV Guide has shown that they are very open to catering for Doctor Who fans and the growing fan base in the US!


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Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

2 Responses to TV GUIDE’s Time of the Doctor Reactions

  1. avatar Christine says:

    I always think it is wonderful that our (hear me, I’m not even from the UK) mad man in a box is popular in the USA. With their Gravity, Star Wars and so on, how can we ever compete? But we do – even shocking the box office on the 23rd of November. So, who cares that it will take some time until our favourite mad man will be prominent once again in the Tv Guide. He was there! I just wish he was also prominent for once in one of our Dutchess tv magazines!

  2. avatar Simon Magellan says:

    I must admit to smiling whenever DW gets a mention in some big US show nowadays – NCIS, Castle, Criminal Minds, Greys Anatomy have all done it and it is quite something to think that, 50 years on, the little show started by William Hartnell and Verity Lambert can still have such a worldwide impact.

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