Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special) (2013)


The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special)
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Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor is a joyous marker in the series, uniting two of the most beloved Time Lords and setting them together on a rousing adventure full of crowd-pleasing nods and winks.



Critic Ratings: 17

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Air date: Nov 23, 2013

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The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th Anniversary Special: in 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor's own dangerous past comes back to haunt him. -- (C) BBC America

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Critic Reviews for Doctor Who The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

It was fascinating to see how Matt Smith and David Tennant interacted... They sparred terrifically with a fair amount of trademark humour.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This is The Day of the Doctor in all his forms, justly celebrated, and set up for decades of new adventures.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A fantastic finale, plenty of fan-pleasing homages and an all-round fun escapade meant that, fittingly for the 50th anniversary, it was all gold.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 9.3/10 | Full Review…

All in all, The Day of the Doctor is fleeting fun, a worthy torch-wielder for multi-Doctor specials of old, and a nice reminder of not only where the show is going, but just how much it means to fans stretching across several (re)generations.

Jan 24, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Non-Whovians will have next to no idea what's going on, but for the franchise's legions of fans, The Day of the Doctor will leave them jonesing for fifty more years of trips in the TARDIS.

Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…

We could do an entire recap just talking about their memorable interactions and quoting all their snappy dialogue, and generally fawning over how great they worked together.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The great joy of The Day Of The Doctor is seeing the various incarnations of the Time Lord interact. Both Matt Smith and the returning David Tennant are in fine form, and the 10th and 11th Doctors prove to be a very funny double act.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

What might be the best episode of the Moffat regime to date, which served as a very fine reminder of why Doctor Who has lasted half a century, and why it's likely to go on until the end of time.

Dec 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Remains steadfastly niche.

Dec 3, 2013 | Full Review…

It's just over an hour since I watched Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor and I'm still giddy.

Nov 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special)

  • Jan 23, 2019
    incredible! that's all i can say, incredible.
  • Jan 15, 2019
    Got the best 'Doctor' ever, even if it was only for one episode. One of the few specials that really lived up to the name.
  • Jan 13, 2019
    God knows how this was given 100% by the, so called, critics. It had a pointless sub-plot with the Zygons, and a Doctor that never was!
  • Jan 06, 2019
    The perfect anniversary special.
  • Jan 04, 2019
    So much hype! Disappointing.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    OH MY GOD you have to see this episode!
  • Dec 31, 2018
    The story is fine. The biggest problem with this episode is that it just wipes out the last eight years worth of emotion seen by the audience when the Time War is mentioned. To now say that actually neither the Timelords or the Daleks were wiped out seems a bit cheap and insulting. I don't care for Billie Piper's so called acting skills either.
  • Dec 30, 2018
    So good the chemistry!!!!!
  • Dec 22, 2018
    One thing I regret doing is not seeing this in the cinema. Otherwise an excellent Episode for the 50th Anniversary Special.
  • Dec 13, 2018
    Absolutely love it! my favorite doctors together! hell yeah!

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