2013 is a big year for Doctor Who, being the 50th Anniversary of it’s creation in 1963. It also brings the second half of season seven, and the first with a new companion in three years.
The 50th Anniversary special is shaping up to be a massive deal. Expected to air in November, the special will include more than just current Doctor Matt Smith. In fact, late last week it was revealed that all time fan-favourites David Tennant (10th Doctor) and Billie Piper (Rose) will make appearances in the episode.
Despite entering the fandom in the Matt Smith era, David Tennant will always be my Doctor. Sometimes I cry thinking about his regeneration, and no matter how hard Moffat has tried to introduce new love interests, nothing will ever be greater than the love between Rose and Ten. Nothing. To see them back is a dream come true, and the way the fandom rejoiced when it was announced goes to show that sometimes, just sometimes, Moffat is capable of making good decisions when it comes to Doctor Who.
This morning, The BBC Doctor Who official twitter tweeted that the first read-through for the 50th Special had been completed, and included a photo of David and Matt holding their scripts. Be still my fangirl heart!
The second half of Season Seven began on Sunday. We left the first half last year with “The Angels Take Manhattan”, the heartbreaking finale to the Pond companionship. The Christmas Special, “The Snowmen”, saw a return to new companion Clara Oswin Oswald, who we first met in the season seven opener, “The Asylum Of The Daleks”. And now, as we enter episode six of season seven, Clara’s back for good. Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, is an enigma of a character. Like River Song before her, we’re not entirely sure of who she is, or why the Doctor has been drawn to her. After three episodes in three different time periods, with three different personalities, I’m still not sure what I think of her. My heart will always belong to Rose and Donna, so Clara has a lot to prove if she’s going to make my “most loved” list.
In the new episode, “The Bells Of Saint John”, which is available for Aussie fans who missed it’s television premiere to watch on iview, the Doctor’s quest to find Clara takes him to London in 2013. And there’s something in the wi-fi. I heard amazing things about the episode before I watched it, so went in with high expectations. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t brilliant. The best bit was that it was (almost – the Great Intelligence seems to be a recurring theme) entirely stand-alone, like the good old days, so we can tune in next week expecting new aliens and new adventures to be had.
For many Doctor Who fans, 2013 is a kind of last chance. For fans of Nine and Ten, Eleven has been dragging, ruining past rules and ignoring continuity. The Pond storyline went on, and on, and on, and please don’t get the fandom started on River Song. But here we are, with a new companion, a permanently changed Doctor, and a chance to start afresh. The 50th Anniversary will allow us to see some old favourites (something not often possible in Doctor Who, especially since Eleven came onto the scene), and all in all, it’s going to be rather epic.
If you haven’t been watching, a new companion is often a good chance to fall in love with the brilliant show, and there’s no better time than the anniversary year!
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