* I’d heard some early grumbling from people who watched the leak that this wasn’t very good. Don’t understand that, because I thought this was rather marvellous.
* Yes, the plot was somewhat slender, but it actually made sense and resolved sensibly, and in any case wasn’t the point of the episode. The point was clearly all the lengthy scenes of Clara interacting with and about the Doctor.
* That said I enjoyed all the callbacks to Girl in the Fireplace, and the clockwork droids were excellently creepy, especially in the Clara interrogation scene.
* They weren’t lying about the longer scenes, were they? Compared to the drastic pace of many Moffat scripts, this certainly felt luxuriant.
* Capaldi’s what we’re all here for, though, and he’s brilliant, of course. Did we ever doubt that he would be? A top drawer performance throughout, I’ll have to watch it again to really break it down, but I was solidly pleased.
* The woman in the shop and the Guardian of the Nethersphere (same person?) looks set to be our arc mystery for the season. The obvious guess is River, but then that’s the obvious guess for any mysterious unnamed woman. Certainly she’s claiming to be in love with the Doctor, but who isn’t?
Not really. I mean, there’s not a ton to say, is there? I feel like that’s a scene that doesn’t really keep a lot in reserve, conceptually. What you see is what you get.
I dunno, I mean on the one hand you’re right, in that its a scene that just talks almost directly to the audience and is so unabashedly sentimental and such, but on the other hand I almost feel like the excess of feelings bound up within it demands exposition. In a way the whole of Doctor Who, or at least a significant chunk of it from the whole of Tom Baker’s tenure, the Five Doctors, the cancellation years and the entire new series are an extended lead up to the emotional pay-off in that scene. In so many ways Day of the Doctor is about the healing of textual wounds within Doctor Who, and it’s just so lovely that it manages to heal the “Tom Baker never appeared in any of the reunion stories” one as it goes.
I just have a lot of feelings about this one scene okay
So, I’ve seen some theories that the gods are rotating clockwise and then when they get to 12 they fall off. Certainly the Owl and Ram end up clockwise in the 2010s from where they were in the 1920s.
However, this theory asserts that Susanoo is at the top. And then Luci manifests at 1 o’clock in the 2010s. That presumably means that Luci was Byron’s replacement. HOWEVER, we from issue #2 we know that Byron was Lucifer in the 1830s. Maybe Luci fell off just for one cycle, or maybe it’s more complicated?
I would guess more complicated. I’m pretty confident that Baal is the ram, which would make sense with the idea of recurrence - Baal’s a black man in both the Jazz Age and the present day. Owl is surely Minerva, who we know exists, and I’m guessing is the older one of the four in the Jazz Age.
But that leaves the sun at the bottom for the Jazz Age. And everything about the young girl, with her enthusiastic “three!” and her heavy makeup makes me pretty sure that’s Amaterasu.
See, I dunno.
So this image matches up the 1920s symbols, the 2010s symbols, and the seating positions of the 1920s gods in their scene in issue #1. It seems too much of a coincidence for the 1920s pantheon to be seated at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and for that also to be their symbols, and given that Susanoo’s symbol is obvious (he even has it on his cufflinks) that strongly suggests that the 1920’s blonde has the owl symbol, the brunette the sun, and the finger steepling guy is the ram.
THen furthermore we;ve got the interesting correspondence of Susanoo’s position and Amaterasu’s: they’re both Shinto gods, and they both occupy the 12’o’clock slot. Given that Kieron’s said in interviews that he’s gone for broadly one deity per mythological pantheon, it feels a lot like we get one Shinto god per recurrence, and it just so happens that this time we get Amaterasu and last time it was Susanoo.
This also means that if anyone’s Minerva it’s actually the blonde in the heavy makeup. But she doesn’t feel much like a Minerva (admittedly this is basing a characterization on one line and two facial expressions)
Arguing against this is that Ananke in issue #2 has clearly met Lucifer specifically before, so it can’t be all new gods in every recurrence. I’ve been chatting to someone named jynx about all this (much of the above theorising based on their work) and they reckon that 1920s owl is actually Lilith (also associated with owls) and hence that the 3’o’clock slot is Lilith/Baphomet (i.e Abrahamic demons). Of course on paper Lucifer feel like an Abrahamic demon too, unless that slot is Abrahamic angels…
The rotation concept is interesting but only holds for the owls and rams; if we assume that the transition from Susanoo at 12’o’clock to Lucifer at the new 1’o’clock is the “ticking over” transition, then the acid test would be if a sun-like symbol ends up between the Morrigan and Inanna.