I liked it. Very much, in fact.
This is not a review so much as it is a quick rumination over some of the things that have impressed me after multiple viewings. If you haven't seen it yet, I'm so very sorry, but there will be spoilers ahead.
The standard 'ten count' applies...
.... there may not be spoilers. Dunno. Still, it's good to play it
...safe.... (Who programmed this countdown anywa...
And we're here.
Stephen Moffat can write. I realize that's not a revelation for anyone who's watched "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances" or "Blink". If anybody can get his head around some interesting and little explored aspects of time travel, it's Moffat. Although this can get gimmicky, and he'll visit the same well a few times (What is "The Eleventh Hour" but a version of "The Girl in the Fireplace", where the Doctor actually arrives before the girl dies...?)
When you go to the same well two times in two different episodes, it's repeating yourself. When you do it multiple times in the same episode, it's thematic foreshadowing.
Everyone seemed to like the bit where the War Doctor starts a process with his sonic screwdriver, Ten(nant) sees the calculations in progress and Eleven sees the process complete. (aside from having 400 year processes running in a handheld device... doesn't he notice that the screwdriver just isn't driving screws like it used to? What else is that thing running as a background process that say... the second Doctor started?) Moffat used this to illustrate that he had been thinking of how to save the Time Lords for about the same amount of time.... or maybe longer. If he had told Doctor number One what the situation was, and came up with the solution some 1200 years later...
Hmmm. Something to put on your own back burner.
Another bit of possible foreshadowing, keyed to the same event- When Clara bursts through the prison cell door, it is unlocked. She is, quite frankly, amazed that as bright as all the Doctors are, they assumed that the door was locked; they never actually tried it. This is actually a pattern with the Doctor- he never actually attempts the simple solution; he rarely questions his assumptions. This leads me to believe something kind of radical:
Gallifrey was never time-locked, as such. That last moment was captured and stored away, but not locked. Some people would call this a retcon (RETroactive CONtinuity... but you knew that...)
... well, the nature of Doctor Who in general makes retcons so commonplace as they aren't really retcons. They are simply 'information not previously revealed'. In fact, this makes some of "The End of Time" make sense. It is possible to escape from Gallifreyan art... there should be no way to escape from a time lock. In addition, it also explains how sooo many freakin' Daleks survived (even prior to the whole interdimensional thing..)
Gallifrey was never time locked, but the Doctor never tried the door (though he may have tried to break through the wall, to stretch a metaphor slightly beyond it's design tolerances)
Anyway, the parallelism is very strong in this one...
(sorry. I couldn't resist. I know it was a bit FORCED...)
I really liked the micro-appearance of Capaldi (pronounced kah PAL dee, for those of you who aren't Scots)... though it made very little sense, it was a fist-pump moment. And of course, Tom Baker as the Curator was a nice touch. On another R2'sDay, I may post some thoughts that border on fanfic about his appearance and the whole how/why of it.
I have more... but I have to save it for another R2'sDay....