Millions of people gathered around their televisions and laptops to watch a show that has helped many of us in trying times and we all sat there and laughed and cried and all 77 million of us at the same time spoke the exact same words that will define this day.
"Holy shit it’s Capaldi"
The final scene between the 11th Doctor and the Curator rests somewhere outside the normal storytelling parameters of Doctor Who. Whoever this man is, he probably isn’t the 4th Doctor, though he might be a far-future who has, as he put it, decided to revisit some of the favorite old faces. Even 30 years removed from his last on-screen performance as the Doctor—not counting “Dimensions In Time,” because nobody in their right mind counts “Dimensions In Time”—Baker is able to recapture some of the old magic of the 4th Doctor, a figure alternately playful and terrifying. He manages to out-alien Matt Smith, which is no small feat; the 11th Doctor’s joy is palpable when he gazes upon this impossible man and hears his cryptic promise of Gallifrey’s survival. Really, Tom Baker is the only person in the universe capable of providing a sufficiently bonkers ending to an already insane anniversary special. He’s not the 4th Doctor, but he’s not just the Curator either; in that scene, he is the entire Doctor Who mythos personified, here in human (or Time Lord) form to take a bow and offer congratulations to those who were there when the show passed the half-century mark.
can we talk about the fact that 10 and 11 were so young and childish compared to their past incarnations because they regretted what they did as the war doctor
and now that the doctor knows that he has nothing to regret, his 12th regeneration is older again
meaning he finally forgives himself and is happy again
Steven Moffat on the incorporation of a future doctor into The Day of the Doctor.
It was the plan from the start. All The Doctors, all The Doctors would fly in to save Gallifrey and change The Doctor’s timeline - how could you not do that? I knew there was gonna be a new one [Doctor] so I wrote it with not knowing who would be doing that. We did manage to cast somebody where you can use half his face for less than a second and everybody knows who he is. He looks cross! It got quite a reaction!
No,sir. All Thirteen!