The Time of the Doctor
Episode / February 10, 2016

Aired 25 December 2013 The end of the Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary years brings with it the end of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, offering an ambitious episode with plenty of action and answers and providing perhaps Smith’s greatest performance in the role as he hands the reigns over to Peter Capaldi. The episode starts off at a breakneck pace- instantly quelling any fear that this would be a lighter and more straightforward episode due to its holiday airing- and before the credits have even rolled the Doctor has battled both the Daleks and Cybermen, introduced the mysterious message that needs investigating, and been invited to Clara’s family’s Christmas dinner. Aside from a few lulling and repetitious minutes in the middle, the entire story offers a lot of meaningful content, and it’s a shame that at least a few more minutes couldn’t be added to its airtime in order to more fully flesh out some of the concepts in play. Whether a BBC mandate or not, ‘The Time of the Doctor’ does try to fit in some Christmastime aspects in addition to everything it is trying accomplish, but it is these sections- probably inevitably- that seem the weakest.…