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!