Well well, that was the most beautiful fitting tribute to the show I have loved all my life (even and most fervently, the frustratingly dark period of the 90s when I was a teen and it was deeply unfashionable and not even on the bloody tele!) , the 50th anniversary, and most importantly to William Hartnell.
I am not ashamed to admit I was misty eyed several times.
I absolutely loved this; David Bradley and Jessica Raine in particular played a blinder, with Raine far more flirty, sexy and fun here as Verity Lambert than she could ever be in Call The Midwife. And if Bradley isn't in the running for a BAFTA next year for this, then there's no justice.
I loved all the welcome tips of the hat to the show and its history, including the cameos from William Russell, Mark Eden, Carole Anne Ford, Jean Marsh and Anneke Wills and the typical Gatiss cheeky in jokes - Having Verity tell Warris Hussein 'brave heart' and having Hartnell's wife quote entirely unintentionally The Army Game's catchphrase 'I Only Asked' And then of course there was that lovely moment with Matt Smith too. It was also beautiful to see BBC Television Centre play such a pivotal part in what was the final drama to be filmed there.
Yeah there are some small grievances; it's hard to put the entire 3 year period we can now class as the inception of what has become one of the jewels in the crown of the BBC into just 85 minutes of TV, which means real life figures were omitted or not done justice to enough and even some moments regarding the main proponents could have been fleshed out more, including Hartnell's alleged bigotry and short temper, but these are minor quibbles that Gatiss himself has already apologised for.
I raise a glass to all of those who helped start this programme 50 years and everyone who helped create this tribute to it today. The official anniversary special, The Day Of The Doctor, airing on Saturday now has some very stiff competition.