If you have not seen the season finally of Doctor Who, why did you click on the link?! There are going to be massive spoilers throughout this review so come back when you’ve watched it.
Alright, let’s get into this.
Despite the glorious fanservice of all seeing all the old Doctors in the beginning, there was a lot of fist shaking in the Noguchi household while watching “The Name of the Doctor.” I legit yelled at the screen when Jenny died. And I threw up my hands when we didn’t actually get to hear the Doctor’s actual name. But the final reveal just made my brain break.
Lady Vastra And the Scoobies
Lady Vastra, Jenny, and Strax are total scene stealers. Anytime they’re in an episode, I almost forget that the Doctor is around. A spinoff series starring just the three of them would be so much more enjoyable than Torchwood.
Being unconscious for the conference call was pretty fun. It kind of reminds me of some of the scenes in the Sandman comics where people meet in dreams. Of course, I always have difficulty remembering my dreams with any semblance of accuracy. Maybe you remember shit better when it’s a conference call.
I’m sooooooo glad Jenny isn’t dead. I almost walked out of the room at that point. And though I suspect that Strax has had to revive Jenny more than once, seeing Lady Vastra freak the fuck out stressed me out. Sooooo happy she survived.
Seriously, they need their own show.
We got some closure with River which was kinda cool. Most of this half of the season, I had been wondering where River was. We know that she spent some time with him after the Ponds left, but we never got to see it. He seemed awful flirty with Clara so I suspected that River had already gone to the Library somewhere between the Ponds exit and Clara’s reintroduction and now we’ve got it confirmed.
It was nice to see River finally get her goodbye.
The Impossible Girl
We finally learn how Clara becomes the Kenny of this season. I was slightly annoyed because I like a good mystery that I can solve. I would have loved to have seen a montage of clues sprinkled throughout the season that would have built up to this reveal if I knew what I was looking for, but there was no way for us to figure out Clara until we see the shiny splintery thing.
I’m also a little annoyed at how easy it was for the Doctor to pull her back out. Here’s a leaf. On the wind. Watch it soar. And, oh, come over here and we’ll get you out. There was such a build up to the whole, “OH IT’S GONNA KILL YOU AND SPLINTER YOU INTO A BAJILLION TIMEY WIMEY PIECES” that when it got all fixed with a leaf, I just kind threw up my hands.
Doctor Chest Burster
So before the revival of the series, I always thought that The Doctor was his name. We had a few examples of Time Lords who were just named by their titles, The Doctor, The Castellan, The Master. We’ve also had named ones like Romana and Rassilon. So I always assumed that some Time Lords are just named The Something while others have names.
Ten and Eleven introduced the idea that the Doctor has an actual name which is an interesting thing to play with. Of course, we’re never going to learn it, but it’s a neat mystery to hang in the air.
Which brings us all back to the character that John Hurt is playing. The Great Intelligence says that the Doctor will be known by many other names before the end including The Valeyard. The Valeyard is all of the Doctor’s evil bits combined into one and occurs somewhere between his twelfth and final regeneration. Is John Hurt the Valeyard?
OR is John Hurt the version of the Doctor who ended the Time War between regenerations 8 and 9? I’m calling him Doctor John from now on. Did he have to become Doctor John to do what he did to end the Time War? If so, that technically makes Eccleston Ten, Tenant Eleve, and Smith Twelve. SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!!
But the REAL question is will we fucking find out in November with the 50th or will we get more questions to lead into the eighth season? At some point, I’m going to run out of patience with all these new questions popping up.