Hey folks. Sorry I’m late with this Series 7 finale post, but I’m in the middle of my second viewing right now. Obviously John Hurt spinning round in the final moments of the episode and the caption “Introducing John Hurt as The Doctor” is an explosive revelation by any stretch of the imagination.
I’m just not sure about the rest of the episode. Not yet anyway. I feel like the Great Intelligence and the Whisper Men were hollow cyphers to move The Doctor to a certain place and time. I don’t fully understand how the Great Intelligence needed to dive into The Doctor’s time stream considering he was chasing down companions in several different time zones already – how was he moving between them with his Whisper Men?
And don’t get me started on River Song. Still in the library apparently, but somehow able to travel as a “data ghost” or some such Moffatese (a completely implausible language that only makes sense if you’re Steven Moffat).
Like I say, still processing. Feel free to tell me what you loved and/or hated about the episode, and if you’ve got explanations for any of what I’ve just raised (or were similarly baffled by it), drop me a comment here!
My feeling is that Moffat has gone for shock and awe – the revelation about Clara gave classic-era Whovians something to fangasm about, especially with the intercuts with old footage. And the ending was a twist that I’d read a rumour about somewhere, I just didn’t believe it. The bits in between may have been incredibly ropey.
Also – the TARDIS as tomb. Interesting that The Doctor was ‘buried’ in the current incarnation of the machine. Any clues as to what that might mean?