Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Prequel: The Night of The Doctor

Today the BBC released a prequel to next weeks special episode celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. Before we see “The Day of The Doctor”, have a look at the 6:39 minute clip known as “The Night of The Doctor”

Watched it? Watched it again? Ok. Now we can flail.

Doctor Who - The Eighth DoctorEight! On our screen again! Oh what a wonderful way to get us ready for the Doctor-fest that is Ten, Eleven and John Hurt’s War Doctor all in one special. As someone who loved Eight, but cannot abide to sit through that terrible TV Movie again, it was all I could do to hold back a squeal of delight (and mostly only because my husband was actually listening!) when he showed up.

But of course, there’s a lot of info given to us in those short 6:39 minutes. We get a look at Karn, which is a former Gallifreyan colony where the Elixir of Life was made. An Elixir that could help a Time Lord who was having difficulty with regeneration – so that’s what happened there. We know the Time War (!) has been raging for some time, and if Cass (Emma Campbell-Jones) is any indication, the inhabitants of the universe are not just blaming the Daleks. They’re pretty peeved with the Time Lords as well. The Doctor has been trying to avoid the war, but faced with the cryptic messages from Ohila (Clare Higgins), the head of the Sisterhood of Karn, and Cass’ reaction to him, he decides to go for a “warrior” regeneration, which leads us to John Hurt’s “War Doctor”. I still think he’s going to end up being called 8.5, but at least we know how Steven Moffat is planning to avoid having to reset the number of the Doctors who followed him.

Doctor Who - The War DoctorBut the most interesting thing about Hurt’s appearance is that he looks very young. Not the wizened old man we see confronting David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Tenth and Eleventh Doctor’s in the trailers released last weekend. It sure does lead one to assume that though the Time War may have been raging for some time when Eight took that fateful drink and decided it was time for him to join the fray, it was still some time before the war ended and lead to (we presume) the War Doctor ending the war, and his regeneration into Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor.

Honestly, I’m mostly just sitting here trying not to squeal. So if you picked up anything I missed, let me know in the comments below! Or just flail with me!

Moffat and the BBC sure know how to whet our appetites and get us pumped just before the big moment. Is it November 23rd yet?

Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special, “The Day of The Doctor” airs worldwide on 23rd November, 2013.