Caution: Lots and Lots of Spoilers for the latest Doctor Who Christmas Special.
As it turns out, having the daleks forget all about the Doctor in Asylum of the Daleks served no other purpose than to end the episode on a high note. Boo!!!!
Tasha Lem dies, and is used as a dalek puppet. But she managed to fight off the daleks from controlling her mind (already hard to believe considering an eye stalk just popped out of her head) and is back alive again, just as fine as she was before. How does that work? She died. Moffat, you should take a lesson from George R. R. Martin and learn to start killing off main characters.
Speaking of Tasha Lem, she had almost exactly the same personality as River Song. Boo!!!
The Doctor using regeneration energy to kill all his enemies was a bit of a stretch**, especially since the time lords giving him the energy in the first place was already a bit of a deus ex machina. It wasn’t as bad as, say, The Last of the Timelords, but still.
I’m glad that the series six plot-line got wrapped up, but the way it did seemed made up on the spot, which it probably was. Hey, at least it made sense. Mostly.
Is it me, or did Clara actually show some character depth in this episode? We finally get to see her family, and she showed all these brand new emotions we’ve never seen before. Combine that with Jenna Coleman’s acting, and Clara (almost) stole the show.
I don’t get the complaints of it being overly convoluted. Compared to episodes like The Big Bang (which I loved) or The Wedding of River Song (which was okay), this was fairly straight-forward, and tied up all the loose threads from Eleven’s era.
Was anyone genuinely upset when Handles the Cyber-head died? I was hoping he’d be a K-9-like companion for a while.
As much as the plot needed some work, I must say, Matt Smith was at his very best here. Everything you could like about his Doctor was in this episode, and the ending was all the more powerful for it.
Speaking of the ending, the regeneration scene was handled perfectly. The Eleventh Doctor went out happy and optimistic for the future, instead of whining the whole time about how he doesn’t want to go. Cough cough The End of Time cough*
Peter Capaldi was only shown for about thirty seconds, but the few moments we did get with him were great. I like him already.
Things I’m not sure about:
Did the doctor just age at least six hundred years in one episode? Not sure how I feel about that.
Stop bringing back the Weeping Angels! They’re cool and all, but every time they show up, they become even less scary. I think they never should have returned after the Time of Angels two-parter.
What was up with the super-quick regeneration? Capaldi just popped up out of nowhere.
Overall Rating: 7.45/10. Flawed, but the two main characters held it all together. Also, the feels.
*To be fair to the Tenth Doctor, he was having a really bad day.
**By a bit of a stretch, I mean it was a huge stretch. Not even Mr. Fantastic could stretch that far.
To end this post on a high note, I should point out that today is my blog’s one year anniversary. To celebrate, I made myself a cake.