I wasn’t going to write about this Saturday’s finale The Name of the Doctor as I was avoiding the maelström of postings triggered by the accidental leak of the episode in the US. I changed my mind when I saw this great picture.
To make it clear I haven’t downloaded or seen the episode in question though I have seen some spoilers elsewhere which I won’t repeat; if you care go find your own or (more likely) it will now be post-transmission so it won’t matter. What I will do is summarise what seems to be happening (which will be very slightly spoiler-y) and make some comments. Feel free to go somewhere else for spoiler…
The broad sweep
It may be called The Name of the Doctor but Steven Moffat is probably using that as a device rather than a reveal – River knows the secret and Clara read it in a book in Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. Really I suspect this episode should be called Who is Clara? as this seems to be the topic that gets explored along with (possibly) the last episode to feature River Song, though as she is a time traveller that is a bit meaningless (or is it).
Even on the little I have read this looks like the beginning of the anniversary to me and I think we may end up enjoying this one despite a lot of mixed opinions for almost every episode of this little run.
I also leave you with this picture of Gallifrey released by the BBC!