Kudos to what Jared Kardos has already said about the Doctor Who Christmas Special. I‘m in complete agreement with the fact that Moffat has successfully tied up the loose ends related to the Silence and the “Crack in the Wall”. He gave us a very decent story arc that didn’t take too long to complete.
In only three seasons, Moffat has helped bridge much of the older mythos with the new – making this truly one series and not “Classic” and “New”. This is something that our über fan of a producer has always strived to convince audiences of. During his reign, many elements from the original serial have been reintroduced including (not in any particular order): the hypercubes for communicating with other time lords, traveling with his granddaughter, the great intelligence, the back story of “borrowing” the TARDIS, that time lords can change their gender, the TARDIS remembering other control rooms other than the current, the Doctor attempting time travel with just a console that he assembled, the 1st Doctor having no control over where the TARDIS would take him, the swimming pool and the library in the TARDIS, the sisterhood of Karn and their ability to help with reviving and regenerating, the Nimon, the Silurians, the Zygons, the stealing of the high council seal from the Master while in the Death Zone, the Valeyard, and in this last episode that a time lord has 12 regenerations – a total of 13 lives.
He has done much to push the age of the Doctor further than his predecessor. Davies aged the Doctor a handful of years as the 10th Doctor from something like 903 to about 906 years old – a waste of apparently 2 regenerations (according to the reveal in the last episode). With Moffat’s “ 11th Doctor” the Doctor first ages to about 1200ish and while on Trenzalore ages 300 years, and then ages again but doesn’t specify the number of years. This seems to suggest his age range to be somewhere between 1500 and 2000 years old.
Despite all this fun Trivia, the most remarkable feat of Steven Moffat is that he has restored the “story book quality” of Doctor Who and has made the series more appealing to young children. This is evident with the various stories that focused on children: the 11th Hour (the young Amelia praying to Santa to send a policeman), the Beast Below (space whale that answers the cries of the children of England), the Hungry Earth & Cold Blood (the young boy is viewed as the one that sees reason), the Big Bang (young Amelia remembering the Doctor brings him back), A Christmas Carol (influencing Karzan as a young boy to be a better person), the Impossible Astronaut & Day of the Moon (investigating the mystery of a young girl that hides in an astronaut suit and can regenerate), the Curse of the Black Spot (softening the heart of a pirate through the fear of losing his son), a Good Man Goes to War (attempting to save Amy’s baby), Let’s Kill Hitler (young Amy and Rory growing up with their daughter, Melody), Night Terrors (making a house visit due to the nightmares of a young alien boy), the Widow and the Wardrobe (the Doctor gives to fatherless children a Christmas that they’ll never forget), the Snowmen (the great intelligence preyed on a young boy), the Rings of Akhaten (the young Queen of Years must sing to keep the sleeping god asleep), Nightmare in Silver (the Doctor must save the two children that Clara is nanny of), the Day of the Doctor (the Doctor refrains from destroying Gallifrey because of the children), and most recently the Time of the Doctor (the Doctor stays on Trenzalore to protect the town of Christmas and protect its children). Unlike the Davies Years, there is more of an effort to make Doctor Who less a space romance between him and any given female companion and more a fairy tale adventure with all the plot twists that any child can enjoy and follow with ease. The character of the Doctor is very similar to that of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up and flies off having adventures. The only requirement to have adventures with Peter is to not grow up ourselves. So with stories like the Doctor and his TARDIS why would anyone want to grow up? Mr. Moffat, thanks for all the love you put into the series and making it the most popular scifi and children’s program of all time. It feels more like the series that we grew up with now, than it did 4 years ago. May the series always keep us hiding under our bed and behind our sofa. – Whovian4Life 🙂