Since dear readers Jen and I cover this weekly, I thought I should not do an immediate in depth spoiler-tastic reaction and review for my article this week like as I would usually be compelled to do especially for a series finale.
I will gripe though this entire season has been lacking two-parters and as such a lot of the emotional impact and narrative build-up that had been so strong in the past two seasons during two parters is very much missing. Even the best of episodes this season have suffered from being crammed into one episode. This finale was no different and while impactful (in a HUGE way) it is a whole lot less epic than it could have been with the even more intricacies and revisits to what I guess are now red herrings that could have been allotted if they had allowed this to breathe across two episodes. And, as I stated in our response for last week’s episode this week’s finale was five minutes shorter than “The Pandorica Opens” and “The Big Bang”. You can fit a lot in 5 minutes. Overall while pretty good, this episode without a doubt could have been much more effective and much more compelling as a two-parter and better for it. Hello Silence? Where are you? You don’t want the Doctor to go to Trenzalore. Also the “fall” of the Eleventh has come to be in a VERY different manner than expected. Additionally, I will say, a lot of my speculation for the plot and what would occur was correct. Were attentive viewers in the same boat?
Also, there may be a further mystery when it comes to Clara than we thought. Or so it may seem if going by a single line that seems to suggest there is something else there. The tone of the delivery was more than suggestive. Otherwise, this episode wasn’t without its emotional punches. AT ALL.
Nevertheless, dear readers, I give you my no-spoilers (sweetie) overview of the episode for those who have yet to watch it in the convenient form of a knock-knock joke:
“Who’s there?” (Oh god let me die this pun is too much)
“HERE HAVE SOME EMOTIONS”
“No really I didn’t want that, no, please tell me who’s actually there?”
” I HEARD YOU LIKE BEING UPSET”
“No, no please just tell me who is there, what is your name.”
” I’M BREAKING THOUGH THE WINDOW!”
” NO STOP I WILL OPEN THE DAMN DOOR – WAIT, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU”
” DOESN’T MATTER HERE HAVE SOME TEARS I HEARD YOU ENJOY THEM SO MUCH”
” I REALLY DON’T WANT THESE JUST TELL ME WHO YOU ARE THERE BEHIND THE DOOR”
” FINE I’LL JUST BREAK DOWN THE DOOR ON TOP OF YOU WITH EMOTION”
” WAIT NO I STILL DON’T KNOW WHO IS THERE WHAT IS YOUR NA-“
“EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW WAS A LIE”
*Is crushed by a door*
Staff Writer/The Doctor