Hee. That was so awesome.
I had to rewind and watch about three times before I felt like I'd got
it all, because the pace was just dizzying.
At first I was a bit disappointed they were doing this as a CiN special, because it makes it less likely we get an episode with another Doctor any time soon. But then I watched some of the multi-Doctor episodes, and maybe keeping it to a sketch is a good thing after all.
It was a clearly a case, at the end, that the character faded and the actor/writer spoke instead. Which was fine. At least, I was grinning like an idiot the whole time.
I can't really claim Five to have been "my" Doctor, as I was not quite three when he left, but I'm convinced I have this early, distant memory (possibly my earliest?) of seeing Five stepping out of the TARDIS on our crummy old TV.
I was only expecting some laughs from this meeting, so when Ten started telling Five how important he was to the history of the Doctor and that he was Ten's Doctor, I found myself almost tearing up.
I might be in a minority here, but I've always found Ten quite similar to Five, in a number of ways. If Ten only gets to meet one of his past selves, I'm glad it was Five.
I don't know about all you who have been waiting for this & building up your expectations, but I loved it.
I loved it, too. So much it took a good few hours for the dust to settle and to think "now what am I going to look forward to?"
The whole thing was just one huge ball of wibbly-wobbly meta, but hey, this is meta done right.
I thought that, too. Perhaps because it was in a "sketch" rather than an episode, it wasn't done to death, either.
In addition to "You're a fan!"
That was brilliant. Not original, but perfect in context, and delivered superbly.
And, carried on from the S4 Spec thread:
The celery is actually cool in another way -- it's illusory celery. Kind of. Five actually picks it up in a town called Castrovalva shortly after his regeneration but it turns out that Castrovalva doesn't exist except as a physical expression of the Master's will. But when Five leaves the celery continues to exist. Later, he swaps it with a stick of celery he finds on a sailing ship. But that ship turns out to be a vessel of the Eternals (referenced in a few new series episodes) and the ship and everything aboard it is merely a translation of a higher-dimensional concept that mortals from within the universe can't comprehend. Yet, again, when Five leaves the celery continues to exist.
Doctor Who - the show that brought you existential celery. – Nuallain
D'you know, I watched Castrovalva
for the first time a few weeks ago, and, of course, it's all an illusion. But I never twigged that the celery shouldn't have continued to exist. Thanks for pointing that out! The whole exchange with the celery here was brilliant.
"Does he still have that beard?"
"No beard this time...oh well a wife"
Did no one else spot that? - BristolBoy
Oh, yes. I'm sad, but that was probably my favourite part. I did a double take when I heard it.
to see it made canon :D
My thoughts exactly, although I'm not sure the phone call didn't do that ...
Loved the little special but wouldn't be a fan if I didn't point out that, given what Ten told Five, this now means that all through the last 3 series the Doctor always knew the Master would show up again, and that therefore he wasn't the last Time Lord. All that angst was faked!
Oh, yeah. Hadn't thought of that. I suppose you could fanwank something about Five forgetting all or part of it afterwards.