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

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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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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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…

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