Before I start this review of the final episode of Doctor Who until the 50th Anniversary Special on November 23, I need to notify you of the conditions that surrounded my viewing of the episode. I don’t think they affected my opinion of “The Name of the Doctor”, but they might have. I am writing this after only one viewing on the morning after I watched.
I was cautiously optimistic about “The Name of the Doctor”. Series 7 has had high highs and low lows – some of my least favorite stories since Colin Baker’s run, as a matter of fact. And the wildest thing is how widely varied opinions seem to be on individual stories. But it occurs to me that I can get a whole other post out of that subject (and that it’s going to be the subject on Earth Station Who in two weeks) so I’m just going to say that my faith that Moffat had a brilliant plan for Clara and the Doctor wavered but was never entirely lost.