What’s the best way to end Christmas Day, why of course the Doctor Who Christmas special! And it’s always more special when there’s a regeneration and we are about to get a new doctor. We have now seen the last episode with Peter Capald, which makes way for the first female doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. First, let me say as sad as it was to see Peter Capaldi go, I am very excited for Jodie Whittaker and the first female doctor which made this year’s Christmas special extra fantastic.
But that wasn’t all… this year’s special had an extra connection to the Whovian universe. The first doctor and Peter Capaldi’s doctor would team up in the same story. I know you’re wondering how can that be possible since William Hartnell passed away over 40 years ago. Well, we have David Bradley, who portrayed William Hartnell in the dramatization about Doctor Who got started called an Adventure in Space and Time. If you’re a fan like me who has grown up with Doctor Who all the way back to the classic episodes then this was a nice Extra Touch.
The story was basically dealing with the Doctor who didn’t want to regenerate and was trying to hold off for as long as possible only connect to a certain point in time where he meets the first Doctor Who is going through the same thing. And of course, when you’re dealing with space and time and not allowing things naturally to occur things will seriously going to go wrong. What happens is a British officer from World War 1 getting trapped in the space time continuum right when he is facing off with a German Officer on the front lines… it was a nice touch, a picture of the impending doom we can all face when we are at the end. The English officer was played by Mark Gatiss from Sherlock and perfect casting if I might say. The whole episode is really about these two doctors facing the same issue and being connected through time and learning how to work together to set things right.
I’m not going to go into too much within the episode and spoil it for you. If you’re a doctor who fan, you’ve probably already seen it anyway and let’s face it the whole episode is really about getting to the end to see the Regeneration. But in comparison to other Christmas specials he was one of the best ones that we’ve seen. The Brilliance of the episode is with David Bradley and Peter Capaldi, playing off each other as if their father and son, the older doctor versus the younger more hip doctor and not necessarily liking each too much. Much like the 50th Anniversary special a Doctor in Time it was great to have two doctors team up with one another.
Overall, it was a great episode. But the best part was the Regeneration and seeing Jodie Whittaker for the first time as the doctor. Her reaction was priceless when looking in the mirror and seeing the Doctor is now a woman. For those of you that don’t know much about Jodie Whittaker I would recommend a movie called Attack on the Block with John Boyega. I’m going to miss Peter Capaldi, but it is time for a woman Doctor and I think Jodie Whittaker is going to do a fine job. And we’re already getting off to a great start with a bit of a cliffhanger. The doctor falling from the TARDIS and the TARDIS floating through space and in time, which leads me to only ask one question. How long do I have to wait for more Doctor Who episodes?. I give this episode at 9 out of 10 because it was fantastic.