Doctor Who

Episode Comic Relief Special

Time Crash

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 2007 on BBC America

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  • A classic example of Old School meets the New Kid on the Block, and neither disappointed.

    I have to say, after Dimensions In Time I've always been nervous about charity special episodes of Doctor Who, but this one was a bit special. The first meeting of an Old Doctor with a New One, and done in style with just the right amount of self deprecation.

    Now this won't win Steven Moffatt a Hugo Award, but his mantlepiece must be getting a little crowded by now, but it was well written. A nice balance of outright comedy (it was a night of fundraising fun after all) for the casual viewer and in jokes and continuity references for the hard core fan.

    From the moment Davison appeared, you could see from the beam on Tennant's face that this wasn't just another day at the office, this was a man being paid to work with a childhood hero, who looked just as much the Doctor now as he did back in 1981, OK a little bit saggy, but amazing that at 56 Peter Davison is actually older that William Hartnell was when he first played the crotchety old man.

    The two styles of the Doctors from different eras was well captured and separated with the "cool" Ten hamming it up against the more "reserved" Five. A surprising amount of Doctor Who legend was crammed into the 8 minutes, and some Douglas Adams to boot, this was a thoroughly enjoyable romp.

    Not only was it enjoyable, it took the highest viewing figures for the whole Children in Need night - great chap, both of him.
  • Collision Written by Steven Moffat Directed by Graeme Harper

    Fifth Doctor: "Who are you?"
    Tenth Doctor: "Oh brilliant. I mean, totally wrong, big emergency, universe goes bang in five minutes but brilliant". Fifth Doctor: "I'm the Doctor and who are you?"
    Tenth Doctor: "Yes you are, you're the Doctor".

    Okay so given the fact that in the space of three seasons that this show has thrown many a thing that could be deemed fan fiction in our faces, is the meeting of two Doctors really enough to shock us? After all, we've had The Doctor turn human, kiss every single one of his companions (including Captain Jack) and RTD did make a lot of slashers happy by playing up the homoerotic tension between The Doctor and The Master in the last three episodes of the third season as well the fact that we've had Daleks versus Cybermen but a collision of Doctors is always going to be something special.

    Cohesively, "The Three Doctors" had the strongest of plots with Omega but "The Five Doctors" tugged at certain strings and "The Two Doctors" was also something fun to behold. I would mention "Dimensions In Time" but like many people, I really do want to deny that particular spoof's existence.

    Twenty three years after his departure in "The Caves Of Androzani", Peter Davison's dashing, if somewhat mixed Fifth Doctor is back and as a result, we're treated to seven minutes of sheer geekiness as Davison sparks off brilliantly with David Tennant's Doctor. In fact, it's probably the first time since "Last Of The Time Lords" that the Tenth Doctor gets to have a bit of fun.

    Of course there's an element of confusion to be had as well. The appearance of the Fifth Doctor can only spell an array of disaster and while Tennant gets to act like a geeky fan boy (not much acting required), Davison's Doctor isn't pleased to see a younger version of him swanning around in his TARDIS and acting like he's been sleep deprived for a month.

    The Doctor is pleased to see his older self but he doesn't have any problem in giving his fifth incarnation a dressing down. Now for everyone who thinks wearing celery is as lame as having to eat the stuff, there's a little bit of teasing at the vegetable's expense. Teasing aside, there does seem to be a merging of two worlds (TARDISES?) and it's up to the memory of both Doctors in order to solve things. While the main danger plot doesn't convince as much, it's the last moment of the serial that will really hits home for a lot of viewers. Now we know that writer Steven Moffat and David Tennant are big fans of Peter Davison's tenure on the series and there's a nice bit of lip service just as the Fifth Doctor begins to leave. Plus the way this ties into "Voyage Of The Damned" is quite nice. Maybe next time The Doctor will play attention to putting up his shields.

    - Although not credited, the last scene in "Last Of The Time Lords" with Martha opens up this scene rather nicely.
    - Unsurprisingly enough both David Tennant and Peter Davison are titled in the credits for this. That would be the first time for two men in Doctor Who, credit wise.
    - There are mentions of Nyssa, Tegan, the Cybermen, the Mara, Time Lords with funny hats and The Master so this could be set before "The Five Doctors" for the Fifth Doctor. - Oh and The Master is gay Not really, but the joke was too good to pass up and come to think of it, the Fifth Doctor had the most interactions with The Master outside the Third Doctor.
    - This is also available on the Season Four DVD box-set due out on November 17th 2008. Thank God for YouTube because I actually fell asleep when this originally transmitted.
    - This was also directed by Graeme Harper who directed Peter Davison's departure in "The Caves Of Androzani".

    Quote, Unquote

    Tenth Doctor: "Cos you know what, Doctor? You were my Doctor".
    Fifth Doctor: "To days to come".
    Tenth Doctor: "All my love to long ago". The more I watched "Time Crash", the better it seems to get. All these mini-scenes from Doctor Who add to the show and seeing as Steven Moffat himself said this was cannon, I'm more than happy to agree with it. It's nostalgic without going overboard and it was for Children In Need to boot.
  • Don't get me's great...just a little silly.

    Don't get me was great...just a little silly. Peter Davison was great and he brought humour even if it was for 7 minutes. David Tennant and Peter Davision bounce off of each other very well and there isn't a dull moment.

    Some of the younger viewers might not have gotten it but it was still entertaining.

    Full of humour and a little bit of a filler that you don't necessarily need but is still fun to watch.

    I gave it a medium rating in Dr Who terms which is a very high rating compared to other television shows.

    Well written and very clever.
  • doctor who being doctor who and running into... himself

    this is very normal thing in this series of series, the doctor running into himself. for some odd reason tempral cosality doesn't effect the doctor at all. it doesn't matter if he runs into himself 200 times. but as this happens they always make it funny and quite insiteful. as it is tho it was a great way to use a bit of the old doctor in a new episode, and a interesting way to introduce the next episode of the christmas break episode. as it is tho, i would have much prefered they stoped doing it, but you can't argue with clasic doctor whoisms.