The Day of the Doctor | 50 Years with Doctor Who

From Gallifrey to Tranzalore_50 Days of Doctor Who

Welcome to The Gallifrey Express: Your Online Whovian TARDIS Tracker!  

The Gallifrey Express has been around for as long as… well, for as long as Gallifrey itself, but getting it transported and translated for your Earthling delectation took a little longer than it takes to say TARDIS. Why so long you ask? It is all a matter of time, you know… TIME.

“People don’t understand Time. It’s not what you think it is. …Complicated… Very complicated. People assume that time is a strict progression from cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey… stuff.”

So now that we’ve made it through – from Gallifrey to Tranzalore – we’ll be keeping track of The Doctor’s roundabout journey through the wibbly-wobbly stuff and it goes without saying that we couldn’t just let the Doctor’s 50th anniversary pass without mention. In all the excitement of The Day of the Doctor our time capsule got a little side-tracked – hehe – but now we’re here and we’re here to stay.

Who was you first Doctor? Come on. Don’t be coy. One never forgets their first Doctor. For this Whovian it was the one and only, the irreplaceable fighter of a Time Lord, The Doctor Who didn’t want to go. Guessed it yet?

Yes. It was David Tennant. This Doctor-comeScot-Who counts the highest number of snogs in the history of the timey-wimey. We were with him on that. Didn’t want to see him go either.

That’s not to say that the next Doctor is not a Gallifreyan to be reckoned with. After Christopher Eccleston’s action man and the sand-shoed lip-snogger-happy David Tennant, we love Matt Smith’s bow tied chinny repertoire and can’t wait to see what Peter Capaldi will bring on next. Wasn’t it just wonderful to see him make a special cameo debut in The Day of the Doctor?! I can tell you that The Gallifey Express team squealed ecstatically the moment those doom-set eyes flashed on screen.

Imagine this: a ten million strong Whovian shout out. I wonder that the Earth wasn’t sent rolling off its axis. I bet you the Doctor was there to keep it nice and steady. Or I should rather say: the Doctors.

Nine other faces of the space adventurer came together with Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt so that an army of TARDISes could save Gallifrey from Dalek attack. Fourth Doctor Tom Baker made a sonic screwdriver-less appearance to reveal that the Doctors did save Gallifrey from destruction. Good news all around. However…

There is a Big Wolf question darkening the Whovian horizon.

Are we living through the last days of The Doctor?

We delve into the realm of Whovian folklore laid down in 1976 episode The Deadly Assassin: a Doctor can only regenerate twelve times in a cycle therefore allowing thirteen incarnations. Since John Hurt’s redeemed War Doctor interrupted the Time Lord’s chronology of incarnations, does that make this journey to Tranzalore a final one on the Doctor’s path towards mortality?


We can deal with the Doctor’s ever changing face. We’re even rather partial to the TARDISes face-lifts every now and then. Companions come and go. The monsters can’t be relied on to make repeat appearances either, but the end of the Doctor?

It would mark the end of an era. The end of life as we know it. How will we Whovians cope in a Doctor-free universe? Who will make sure that our Christmas dinner is safe from Dalek tyranny?

Let’s leave these gloomy thoughts aside and hope that the rumour will remain just that.

Meanwhile… Christmas can’t come too soon!

Say WHO?

34 thoughts on “The Day of the Doctor | 50 Years with Doctor Who

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  3. Say Who Dat! Actually we have Thanksgiving this Thursday, then Christmas rolls around fast, always seems so fast due to shopping season and time is compressed, hehe.

  4. I doubt they will kill off the Doctor permanently, I think they realise if they do millions of geeks from a hundred countries will tear them limb from limb 😉

  5. Husband dragged me to the cinema to watch the 50th episode in 3D – I admit it, I enjoyed it! And we were surrounded by very excited, very friendly Dr Who fans, some of whom had hot-footed it there straight from the Excel centre, where there’s a Dr Who exhibition apparently. It felt just like we were all about to go on holiday together – brilliant!

    And never fear for the 13th Doctor – there is apparently a loophole… The Time Lords (possibly) can grant extra regenerations. The Master had another 13. Might have got the details wrong, but I definitely got the gist, i.e. there’s no need to kill him off after Peter Capaldi if the writers have other plans. Let’s hope they do!

    • That’s brilliant news! I wasn’t aware that the Time Lords are able to grant more regenerations. It seems that the trip to Tranzalore and the unlocking of Gallifrey from its artsy time-lock may be coming just in time to extend the Doctor’s life – to all Whovians’ delight.
      Very pleased you enjoyed the anniversary episode. It was rather epic even by Doctor Who standards. I’m not generally a big 3D fan, but I think this would’ve translated very well in that medium.
      Whoppy days ahead 😉

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