the name of the doctor

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I'm not sure whether the rest of Series 7 was rubbish unintentionally (with the exception of Hide and The Crimson Horror), or if Steven Moffat did it so that the finale was a hundred times better. No matter how bad Doctor Who gets, I'll keep watching in the hope that it improves, but it was definitely beginning to feel much less enjoyable as a programme. Last night's episode changed things, however.

Effectively tying up the Clara plot line before the opening credits enabled us to focus on the story unfolding throughout the episode, just as it should be. I will forever love the team of Jenny, Vastra and Strax. They are wonderful, and Strax is my favourite character. Dan Starkey has the most perfect comic timing, and even in the darkest of episodes I am able to laugh a little. Although I don't miss River when she's not there, I'm not one to complain when she returns. She brings out a different side to the Doctor and allows him to be a little more emotional. Human, even. I am also loving Jenna Louise Coleman. The fact that Clara's a much better character than Amy and Rory ever were (I was only really in love with Matt/Karen/Arthur, rather than Doctor/Amy/Rory) probably helps, but she's definitely shown that she can act. I look forward to bigger and better storylines for her, though I'm not sure how much bigger you can get than sacrificing yourself by jumping into The Doctor's timestream to rescue him, only to discover that you've survived and normal service has resumed. Matt Smith's acting will never cease to amaze me. I struggled to even look at the television during the scene in which he cried. He is wonderful at what he does. As much as I love David Tennant and his acting abilities, I prefer Matt's Doctor. He is able to be both wonderfully young and painfully old, all within the same minute of television. An absolute pleasure to watch.

Unfortunately I saw a spoiler before the episode aired, and so I had an idea that John Hurt would be appearing. It didn't ruin it for me, though. In truth, I was so caught up in the episode that I completely forgot about the fact he was going to appear until the figure was stood there. It was a brilliant way to whet our appetites and allow for excessive speculation for the next six months. If there's one thing that the Doctor Who team knows how to do, it's to promote the show. I truly am looking forward to how the 50th anniversary story is going to work, and I can't wait to see David Tennant, Matt Smith and John Hurt all working together. It is going to be glorious.

For the first time in a long time, I'm going to congratulate Steven Moffat. This was Doctor Who back to how it should be.

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