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Doctor Who [The Day of The Doctor] Press Reviews


Radio Times
It was patchy. In no way disappointing, but there were peaks and longueurs.... but the scenes between the three Doctors had sparkle.

Harry Venning of The Stage 
The Day of the Doctor was a lavish, rumbustious extravaganza that boasted movie-star guest appearances, multiple locations, fantastic make-up, spectacular stunts and computer-generated special effects that wouldn't have looked out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Jon Cooper of The Daily Mirror
There were superb performances all round. Current incumbent Matt Smith did his much-loved wacky schtick, while perennial favourite David Tennant brought back all the quips and mannerisms that made us love his Doctor so much. Added into the mix is the legendary John Hurt, whose new take on one of the true stalwarts of television brings class, intelligence and a whole new A-List dimension to the world of Doctor Who – a world that surely feels a bit more blessed after today.

Will Salmon of SFX Magazine
VERDICT – Paying homage to the past, setting up the future and pleasing millions of fans worldwide, all in just 75 minutes? That's a big ask. The remarkable thing about "The Day Of The Doctor" is that it pulls off all of those things, while also packing serious emotional clout.

Caroline Frost of the Huffington Post
Some call "Doctor Who" a children's programme. Well, I salute the child who could get to grips with all the colour, plot twists and metaphysics on display in "The Day of the Doctor", surely Steven Moffat's most ambitious outing to date. What he successfully managed to do was provide us with a ripping yarn in its own right, while doffing his cap to the fifty years of the Time Lord that had gone before, with enough half-century in-jokes – Bad Wolf, anyone? – to please the most demanding of the millions of fans watching in 90 countries around the world.

Robert Lloyd of The Los Angeles Times
It was a great episode, I thought, silly and lovely by turns, full of great lines, most of which would wither out of context ("Regeneration, it's a lottery" — classic!), with the temporal chutes and ladders and four-dimensional farce that have marked current show runner Steven Moffat's scripts since he was writing for former show runner and "Who" re-originator Russell T. Davies. (Here he thinks up clever things to do with Time Lord paintings). There were riffs on Tennant's skinniness, Smith's chin, Eccleston's ears, sonic screwdrivers, timey-wiminess, big red buttons and the roundels in the walls of the Tardis. 


Now the not so good review…..

Christopher Stevens of the Mail On Line
Really, I should have known better. The perennial small boy in my head, the one who still watches scary telly through the cracks between his fingers, had been hopping with excitement for months: David Tennant was to return for one episode as the Doctor. Better still, this mega-budget, feature-length show celebrating half a century of Doctor Who (BBC1) would co-star John Hurt as another, darker incarnation of the character. It promised to be fabulous. And, of course, it wasn't. It was patchy, it was cobbled together and, despite some excellent moments, it was a rotten disappointment.

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