since the beginning of Series seven Whovians have been put on an emotional rollercoaster ride, that started with the announcement that two of the Doctor's best companions would be handing in their TARDIS keys, and leaving the show, so Whovians sat through the first half of series seven trying to prepare to say goodbye to our Ponds, then came the day, a thousand hearts breaking as we watched his two shatter on the ground, when his Amelia Pond said the words, "Raggedy Man goodbye." then we were given hope.
Hope that the Doctor wouldn't be alone, in the form of Victorian nanny, Clara, and even that was taken away, only to be replaced by another Clara, one with the same face, and voice but none of the memories.
Then came the third big announcement, the cast for the Fiftieth Anniversary was released, and we saw two very dear and familiar names and faces, in David Tennant our Tenth Doctor and the love of the Doctor's life Billie Piper, or Rose Tyler, and the announcement that Matt Smith was signed for series eight, that our Raggedy Doctor would indeed stick around.
Then in June our worlds were shaken again when Matt Smith came out with the news, he would be hanging up the bowtie, and passing on his sonic to another, and fans around the globe cried out that they didn't want him to go. so we laughed through our tears as we watched our Doctors join together to fight the Zygons in the much awaited Day of The Doctor, one of Matt Smiths finest hours, as he, David Tennant, and the forgotten Doctor John Hurt joined forces, and did the one thing that the Doctor has wanted to do since the show was rebooted in 2005 they saved Gallifrey from the Time War, and the words given to Eleven in that gallery by that very familiar and iconic man that, "Gallifrey falls no more." and hope was given to the Doctor as he stood on that cloud looking up at Gallifrey, with all of him around him.
Then came the wait it may have only been a month, but it felt like years, then came Christmas night, all of us Whovians gathering around our T.Vs some with sonic screwdrivers in hand, dressed in our Whovian apparel, to say goodbye to our Raggedy Doctor.
It all started fine, the Doctor following signals, ending up on a Dalek ship with a severed eye stalk, very Matt, and it started to build there, we were shown the birth of Silence and what they really meant when they said Silence will fall when the question was asked, they even brought back the crack all the way from series 5 and had Gallifrey calling to them from inside, and I personally was like yes this is going to be epic, then The Doctor sends Clara away, and she hangs onto the TARDIS an act that if we remember correctly has happened before
and it lead to this
At this moment I'm expecting that, this is how he'll go, by Dalek, he climbs the stairs very slow because Moffat decided to make him properly old, and Clara pleads with the crack, plead for the time lords to give the Doctor this last gift, now this part was actually when it seemed like Moffat was starting to realize where he was really going with this, then the crack is gone, and it seems it took all hope with it. while outside the Doctor is delivering a speech, telling them that they failed that in the end it was age that got him, at this moment I realized that's how they were going to do it. old age.
I nearly started to cry then, because this is not the ending that Matt deserved. he earned one that had everything Matt Smith to it, he should have gone out in a blaze of glory, not I'm going to grow old and die. It was like Moffat forgot what actor he was writing this for, and made the Raggedy Doctor fizzle out.
Matt earned so much more of a regeneration than that, while yes Moffat had the time lords give him another life cycle, and he used some of that energy to completely wipe the Daleks out of existence (again) it was far to little, much too late. because Matt deserved to go out the way his Doctor lived, a truly epic speech like the warning to the angels
and while yes there was a speech and it held that Matt Smith emotion, it seemed like Moffat only wrote it in there because it was expected it held impact but not in the same way, it seemed like Moffat was only putting it in there because Matt is known for his speeches, and I feel like Matt delivered it perfectly, but Moffat placed it wrong
and then we blinked and then he was gone basically, it was like hey here is this heartfelt final speech from your beloved Matt Smith and boom here's Capaldi! it was too fast they should have slowed it made it have more of an impact like when Ten said I don't want to go, or when nine said that they were fantastic and you could watch the features change through that iconic gold light, but they just had Matt nod and it was done. so it really didn't even give fans enough time to shed a tear for their Doctor before another was thrust on them, and for this Moffat I feel it's time for you to step down, before you ruin the show like you ruined Matt's final episode. Because you took this huge epic man that was our Raggedy Eleventh Doctor, and you made him fizzle, when he should have gone out like he existed, and will exist in the hearts of Whovians everywhere.
With a bang
and a great big geronimo
so with this I say goodbye Raggedy man you will always be the Doctor, who became my best friend. so GERONIMO Matt and please don't ever forget us, we are the fans who waited with Amelia Pond, who's hearts shattered with yours, so please I ask you don't be sad, because, while you hung up yours the fandom is getting up, straightening our bowties, brushing off our fezzes, grabbing our sonics raising them in the air and saying Geronimo for our Raggedy Doctor
We're all stories in the end just make it a good one~Matt Smith Doctor Who Wisdom of the Bookworms,
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