'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Recap: 'Day of the Doctor'... Make That, Doctors
Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor in the 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special, 'The Day of the Doctor.' (BBC)
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers.
Three Doctors interacting! Rose returns! Clara’s got a job! Tom Baker and his scarf appear (separately)! And the biggest, game-changing surprise of all in “The Day of the Doctor,” the 50th-anniversary episode of “Doctor Who”: The Doctor’s home planet, Gallifrey, still exists! Somewhere…
Current Doctor Matt Smith, previous Doctor David Tennant, and pre-Christopher Eccleston Doctor John Hurt — introduced in the Season 7 finale — gathered in the episode for an adventure that was both cheeky fun and super productive. They banded together with all the other incarnations of the Doctor to spare their home planet, Gallifrey, from the destruction that had previously befallen it, via the Doctor’s own hand.
For those not fully immersed in Who-vian history, the Doctor once made the painful decision to destroy his own planet and its people (which included more than two billion children, we learned in “The Day of the Doctor”) because Gallifrey was one of two factions fighting a war that was ultimately destined to destroy the entire universe.
Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, and John Hurt as The Doctor in the 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special, 'The Day of the Doctor.' (BBC)
But a meeting of the Smith, Tennant, and Hurt versions of the Doctor ended with an idea of how, together with all their Who predecessors and their TARDISes (TARDI?), they could hide Gallifrey elsewhere in time and space, momentarily, leaving Gallifrean enemies the Daleks to “exterminate” themselves instead of shooting at Who’s home(planet)boys.
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Along the way, former Who companion Billie Piper — aka Rose — appeared as a character referred to as “Bad Wolf,” who, along with current companion Clara (who, we learned, is working as a school teacher in her Who downtime), helped bring together future Doctor (Hurt), who was agonizing about the Time War; present-day Doctor (Smith), who was carried through the London sky, inside the TARDIS, via helicopter to the National Gallery; and past Doctor (Tennant), who was romancing Queen Elizabeth in 1562.