I have decided to not review The Doctor Who Christmas Special. There was one very big reason for considering it, but it was ultimately overpowered by two very reasonable considerations. First, in favor of reviewing the special was the boost to views this blog would possibly receive. As of this writing (December 10 is when I’m actually putting fingers to keyboard) the record of views for The Edwardian Adventurer is 45. I am grateful for each and every view, especially those who have read it. I get excited every time I hit a new record. Reviewing the Christmas Special would possibly increase that number yet again. More exposure is a good thing, and hopefully I would find an audience who enjoys walking this path with me and who may even be interested in sharing their thoughts via comments or additional posts.
But in the end I decided against reviewing the Christmas Special for two reasons. The first, it violates the mandate of the blog. I doubt anyone would seriously quibble with me about this, but it just feels wrong to do so when I haven’t yet broken the viewing pattern. Plus, there are innumerable blogs and podcasts that review the show in no particular order. While those are fun and I enjoy many of them, I like the journey inherent in the episode-by-episode progression of the show. I want to feel that I have reached a goal, and by breaking order I would feel that I failed in this. I would always be compelled to start again. This brings me to the second reason: context. I have very strong opinions about new Who and to review the Christmas Special would be to throw them out without fully making a case for them, something which will happen when I start the reviews of new Who in the indeterminate future. Plus, those opinions could change when I eventually get there. The context is everything because I’m wanting to experience the meta-narrative of Doctor Who. In addition, watching from episode to episode has been a wonderful experience, one that has given me a new perspective on stories I didn’t like. Watching Doctor Who in order is a milestone not unlike reading The Bible in order for the first time is a milestone for a Christian. In fact, the Hartnell Era is a bit like Genesis with some really interesting stuff, some really cool stuff, and some stuff that doesn’t really make a lot of sense or is boring and you can’t quite see how it relates to the new stuff with Jesus, who is, in this case, David Tennant.
So, I will keep with the mandate of the blog. I will eventually review the 2010 Christmas Special, but it will be in the context of following the 2010 season with Matt Smith. I shall continue on Monday with Planet of Giants.