Change is always a pretty scary thing no matter which way you slice it, but that doesn't mean that change has to be a bad thing. "Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor" is an iconic episode in the canon of our favorite doctor as we see one man step aside and another take his place.
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe's deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst all those beings is, The Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas Dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal from the stars means for his own fate and for that of the known universe.
As the unofficial swan song for Matt Smith in the Doctor Who canon, The Time of the Doctor certainly works well enough in bidding adieu to the man who has inhabited the skin of this beloved character for so very long. TV directing veteran Jaime Payne crafts a slick and pretty well self contained little adventure tackling many of the plot threads that have evolved over Smith's tenure and hits all the appropriate beats in the end of this unofficial trilogy of episodes that also includes The Name of the Doctor and The Day of the Doctor. Show runner Steven Moffat himself wrote this one and it crackles with the usual wit and energy that has been greatly appreciated in his tenure becoming synonymise with the exploits of the Doctor.
In his final go round, Matt Smith does seem to have a sense of history and his importance in it as he hangs up the mantle, in a heartfelt but still funny final turn. Jenna Coleman as his faithful friend and companion Clara also grasps the gravitas of the moment, because even though she is staying on her good friend is morphing into a completely different person, who we get a glimpse of at the end in our new Doctor Peter Capaldi.
Special features on this DVD release include three behind the scenes featurettes and documentaries as we take a look behind the lens, get some tales from the TARDIS and bid a fond farewell to Matt Smith.
"Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor" is ending fitting the adventures of this much beloved science fiction series, as every ending is also a new beginning.
3 out of 5 stars.