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New Who: The Story Thus Far – 2008-2009 Specials

John Hussey continues his series analysing the revival, this time with Tennant’s final stories.

‘The Next Doctor’

tennant-next-doctorThe Tenth Doctor’s (David Tennant) final run was split into five specials starting with 2008 Christmas special, ‘The Next Doctor’. With the Tenth Doctor’s demise lingering in the air, the first of his final outings consisted on a story about his replacement. The Tenth Doctor landed in Victorian London where he encountered his supposed future self (David Morrissey) and his companion Rosita Farisi (Velile Tshabalala). A threat soon came out into play in the form of the Cybus-men. Due to the Reality Bomb the Void started to momentarily fall apart allowing the surviving Cybus-men, previously trapped there within ‘Army of Ghosts/Doomsday’, to find their way back to Earth. Fallen backwards in time they attempted to rebuild their armies by capturing work children and forcing them to build the Cyber-King.

The story involving the future Doctor was neat and emotional, especially because of the revelation. It turned out that he was in fact a man called Jackson Lake who ran away from his life in order to keep himself from facing the loss of his wife and the kidnapping of his son Frederic (Tom Langford) at the hands of the Cybus-men. Jackson Lake simply adopted the Doctor’s life through the means of an info-stamp. With his reality now restored to him Jackson Lake joined the true Time Lord in saving Christmas.

It is fair to say that ‘The Next Doctor’ isn’t a Cybermen story. They are merely background noise to fill in the gaps of the main drama within the plot. The invention of the Cyber-King simply doesn’t make sense within the context of the storyline. The Cybus-men shouldn’t have knowledge about the Cybermen or the Cyber-Wars and yet here they are building a Cyber-King. This never did sink in with me and always left me completely confused and unable to come up with a good enough excuse to patch up this massive blunder on Russell T Davies’ part. Also the part of Miss Hartigan (Dervla Kirwan) taking control of the Cybus-men didn’t sit right with me either. It made the Cybus-men look even weaker than they were already made to be (i.e. their utter defeat at the hands of the Daleks in ‘Army of Ghosts/Doomsday’). At least by the end of the story their existence was finally completely deleted (no pun intended).

The story was truly about Jackson Lake finding himself again. He was the heart and soul of this Christmas special for all the right reasons. His character was great to watch and the chemistry between him and the Tenth Doctor was solid. I always enjoy watching the last scene between them and Jackson Lake persuading the Tenth Doctor to join him for Christmas dinner. It was also tragic to discover at this point that the Tenth Doctor had vowed to now travel alone after due to the sadness his companion’s departure leaves behind.

‘Planet of the Dead’

Planet of the DeadThe specials continued some time later with ‘Planet of the Dead,’ where we not only got our first Easter special, but also our first trip to a totally alien world not occupied by humans or a human expedition within New Who. Continuing on with the format of one-off companions within specials, we were introduced to Lady Christina de Souza (Michelle Ryan). Christina was very different from your usual companion in the sense she was a thief living a thrill-seeking lifestyle. Upon meeting her we witnessed her stealing the chalice of Athelstan and on the run from the police. Coincidentally she bumped into the Tenth Doctor on a London bus and was pulled into, along with the other few passengers onboard, a mad adventure upon an alien planet after driving through a wormhole in the fabric of space.

The story had similar aspects from ‘Midnight’ in which the Tenth Doctor was thrown into a dangerous situation with a bunch of human passengers but this time luckily (probably due to the assistance of Lady Christina and the fact these humans were more rational) the atmosphere remained calm. U.N.I.T. were brought back to aid the Tenth Doctor from Earth. They were led by Captain Erisa Magambo (Noma Dumezweni), previously seen within Donna’s parallel universe in ‘Turn Left’, with the assistance of scientific advisor Malcolm Taylor (Lee Evans). Malcolm’s character was brilliant for his comic-relief whilst at the same time being a clever guy (then again I really love Lee Evans). I also found the Tenth Doctor’s relationship with U.N.I.T. this time was much better and felt more natural. He wasn’t rude to them and he actually called for their assistance as well as thanking them afterwards with a nice bit of friendly banter over helping with the paperwork. Though Captain Magambo’s actions of threatening Malcolm into closing the wormhole before the Tenth Doctor’s return was very borderline because it seemed out of character for U.N.I.T. to sacrifice the Doctor for the sake of Earth after all he’d done for them. The Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) certainly wouldn’t have stood for it.

The idea behind the Stingrays and their morbid lifecycle was indeed interesting and created a nice little obstacle for the story. I can hardly call them villains for obvious reasons. Luckily they were stopped in the nick of time and everyone onboard the 200 (accept the driver due to his own stupidity) got back to Earth safe. By the end of ‘Planet of the Dead’ both Christina and the Tenth Doctor realised they were a perfect match for each other but due to the Time Lord’s current feelings on the matters of companions he refused to let her join him on his travels. His vow to never travel with a companion again seemed at that point very firm as his despair continued to linger. ‘Planet of the Dead’ was critical for the dark moment the Tenth Doctor’s prophecy was given to him by fellow passenger Carmen (Ellen Thomas). This change in events really brought a shadow over the Tenth Doctor along with a darkened mystery over what the prophecy entailed. All that was known at the time was the Tenth Doctor’s end was fast approaching and the prophecy signalled the beginning of his end.

‘The Waters of Mars’

flood-waters-of-marsThe autumn special ‘The Waters of Mars’ really did bring about a tragic change in tone for the Tenth Doctor’s adventures. Upon his arrival on Mars the Tenth Doctor was powerless to intervene with the events in front of him and had to allow Captain Adelaide Brooke (Lindsay Duncan) and her fellow crewmembers to perish due to their deaths being fixed in time. The invention of the Flood was just genius. They were utterly scary and created a true feeling of unease watching the water constantly stream out of them. The cracked skin and the unearthly eyes just made them so alien. The one drop of water rule really made the characters slow decent into their final moments all that more tragic and emotional with the Tenth Doctor having to leave, unable to look back and do anything. Having been off-screen since 1974s ‘The Monster of Peladon’, the Ice Warriors received a nice little mention for the first time in New Who which indicated the Martian race may have originally uncovered the Flood and froze them in order to seal away its evil. The idea of having a Dalek cameo on the other-hand was utterly pointless. It just seemed like a poor excuse from Russell T Davies to have them in there so that they weren’t absent for an entire year. In my eyes that wouldn’t have been a bad thing – a break is good once in a while.

‘The Waters of Mars’ was legendary for seeing the Doctor snap. Finally having enough of time being the boss of him and seeing himself as the last of the Time Lords, the Tenth Doctor took time into his own hands, creating his own rules within his own personal right as a Time Lord. The “Time Lord Victorious” was born and this monstrosity saved Adelaide Brooke from death. This scene made one worry what else the Tenth Doctor was willing to do in order to maintain the victor. His victory was short-lived as Adelaide proved to be the better person in the end and outsmarted the Time Lord Victorious. She had proved throughout the episode that she was a strong-minded person and her sheer determination to maintain her family’s honour and future history resulted in her committing suicide to keep the fixed point intact. The Tenth Doctor at this moment realised he had gone too far and upon seeing Ood Sigma, who first appeared in ‘Planet of the Ood’, before him the Time Lord realised his time was up. The saddened Tenth Doctor froze in time due to his terrible actions and pondered on his inevitable fate as the end drew near.

‘The End of Time’

eotdec-(26)Told over Christmas and New Year ‘The End of Time’ brought an end to the specials with the dark tale of the Tenth Doctor’s final battle and the revelation behind his sinister prophecy first spoken to him in ‘Planet of the Dead’. Technically we can go even further back to ‘Planet of the Ood’ in which the Ood spoke about the Tenth Doctor’s song ending soon. It would seem ‘Planet’ titled episodes spring bad-luck for the Time Lord. The Tenth Doctor decided to be rebellious in the end and delayed his calling by Ood Sigma to swan off on daft adventures, one which included his meeting with Queen Elizabeth I, delving deeper into the actions behind her cross nature with him back in ‘The Shakespeare Code’.

An event in time and space had caused time to split open and allowed the Ood to see terrible visions. The Tenth Doctor was shocked to learn that his arch-nemesis, the Master (John Simm), wasn’t quite dead. He had in fact planned ahead and anticipated his death during the events of ‘Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords’ and engineered his resurrection using brainwashed disciples and his ex-wife Lucy Saxon (Alexandra Moen). Lucy attempted to intervene with his return and ultimately killed herself. Her actions caused the resurrection to fail and the Master was left an open shell requiring to feast on the life force of others in order to remain alive. The two once acclaimed Time Lords were now brought to the lowest levels possible for their final outing (so far).

The return of Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins) was an interesting move and I actually found this okay, though it was annoying that Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) kept making random appearances throughout the plot. It was fair to say the Tenth Doctor and Wilfred had a nice connection and it was a different dynamic than usual, with him posing a more fatherly figure towards the Time Lord instead of a mere friend. The Tenth Doctor turned to Wilfred for help in more ways than one and even expressed his sadness and fear over regeneration. It was surprising to hear after all this time that regeneration could be considered death to the Doctor. This new idea made the Tenth Doctor’s exit a bit more emotional because he didn’t want to change. My interpretation for the Tenth Doctor not wanting to do so are because he’d always worried about returning to his Time War persona, and due to his recent actions, he feared his ways would be undone by his replacement. The other reason could be that he knew that once he did regenerate he would be on his last life.

eotdec-(17)‘The End of Time’ certainly had a lot at stake with the Master’s insanity turning everyone on Earth into himself and of course the return of the Time Lords led by President Rassilon (Timothy Dalton). This is where my liking of the story goes a little bit stray because I was at first excited about the idea of the Time Lords returning but upon seeing they had become totally corrupt as a society, it made me quite disappointed. We had seen corrupt members of the High Council, Chancellors and Chancellor Guards but never had we seen them corrupt as a society. I let the story off a lot more now though knowing through ‘The Day of the Doctor’ it was merely the High Council and Rassilon who had lost the plot due to the Time War and not the entire race. That aside we now had the devilish plot of the Time Lords using the Master as a puppet, manipulating and corrupting his life, to manifest their escape from the Time Lock. This really did bring true sadness to the Master’s character as it meant his entire life and all the insanity brought to him by the continuous drum beat in his head was all along due to the Time Lords.

The confrontation between the Tenth Doctor, the Master and Rassilon was one of the greatest moments within the show’s history and brought one of the most emotional resolutions to a story. The Tenth Doctor decided to let the Master live, choosing to destroy the Time Lords link into our reality via a different means and then in return the Master chose to sacrifice himself to save the Tenth Doctor. It was just a beautiful moment within their long and complicated friendship. I hope one day the Master does return but I wouldn’t begrudge this being their end.

eotdec-(1)The devastating revelation to ‘The End of Time’ was the reveal of Wilfred being the reason behind the Tenth Doctor’s death. He had to save Wilf from the radiation booth at the cost of his own life and after much torturous debate he decided to go through with it. The farewell tour was a nice gesture but in some ways seemed to be too much indulgence. That was one of the major issues with Russell T Davies’ era, he couldn’t just let companions be. I prefer it when they leave and that’s it. Perhaps they come back on occasion for a good reason, but not as soon as the following season. Once they leave their goodbye should be honoured. It did drag out a bit and make Ten’s end longer and that bit more tragic, but alas it was emotional writing (something Russell was good at). It was nice to see for instance that Joan Redfern (Jessica Hynes) lived a happy life through the words of her descendent. And of course the Tenth Doctor got to see Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) one last time (of course he had to).

tennant-final-line-regen-want-to-go-end-of-timeI will also say the Tenth Doctor’s final scene where he tried to resist his regeneration and his line of ‘I don’t want to go’ was justified for the reasons I mentioned earlier. That and perhaps because he subconsciously remembered the conversation about Trenzalore near the end of ‘The Day of the Doctor’ and knew too well the path his replacement would lead him. ‘The End of Time’ was an emotional journey for every character involved and truly gave the Tenth Doctor the send off he deserved. The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) had now arrived in style as he checked out his new body, making sure everything was in order and that he was still a man, before finally remembering the TARDIS was out of control. With a smile on his face he rode the TARDIS back down to Earth to begin his brand new adventures.

My Verdict

  • ‘The Next Doctor’ – 7/10
  • ‘Planet of the Dead’ – 10/10
  • ‘The Waters of Mars’ – 10/10
  • ‘The End of Time’ – 10/10

 Continues in May with Series 5 and the beginning of Matt Smith’s era.

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The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

My Verdict on the David Tennant specials:

The Next Doctor: 4/10 (40%)

Planet of the Dead: 4/10 (40%)

The Water's of Mars: 10/10 (100%)

The End of Time: 9/10 (90%)

Average Ranking: 6.8/10 (68%)

Average per Doctor:

Ninth Doctor: 9.4/10 (94%)

Tenth Doctor: 7.7/10 (77%)

Average Davies Score: 8.6/10 (86%)

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

I didn't like how, in 'Waters of Mars', The Doctor goes against his entire logic and saves someone he shouldn't. It destroys, a bit, what the Doctor has obsessed over, throughout the last 4 series.

TheWhiteGuardian
TheWhiteGuardian

As a stand alone episode I think the EoT is one of the best Who episodes I have ever seen. Its plot is fantastic and well deserves 10/10. David tennants acting in this series of episodes was incredibly well done and as a result I think with these episodes alone he deserves the accolade of being the most well acted Doctor. The music in this episode is far and away murray golds best work.

The only problem I have with it is the farewell tour. It does seen to gratuitous.

Having said that, in light of what has been produced since there are some episodes which do trump it.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

10/10 for Planet of the Dead? What? That episode was easily the weakest.

ChristineGrit
ChristineGrit

I agree with most that is said here, except for two things. I loved the Dalek Cameo in The Waters of Mars, it's one of the things I await eagerly whenever I rewatch this special. The second was that I welcomed Donna's turning up, and liked the twists there (timelord brain not turning into nutty Master).

Polyphase
Polyphase

I enjoyed The Next Doctor and The Planet of the Dead. The Waters of Mars was pretty average and although I liked Wilf The End of Time wasn't very inspiring either. I always thought it was a bit dodgy not having a full series that year :)

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

I'm not a huge fan of The Next Doctor and Planet of the Dead, but the latter was meant to be fun as it was an Easter Special. Waters of Mars is brilliant of course and The End of Time is quite good considering it's Ten's last story, which makes it really sad upon first watching, because he was my Doctor. 


I do hope Moffat gets some criticism when Series 5 etc come up for review, as it would be nice to see a balanced argument here.

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

A great read! Though I can't say I agree with some of the ratings. "The Waters of Mars" is a masterpiece, but I've just never been fond of "End of Time." I can't get passed the fact that the Master turned into a crazy lunatic, rather than a maniacal, clever villain. I also find him turning everyone on the planet into him quite silly and the ending to be a bit too self-congratulatory. And why was Martha with Mickey? I felt so bad for her. 

DoctorAR
DoctorAR

10/10 for Planet of the Dead?

I do respect that everyone has the right to their view, but there appears to be no serious critical faculty at work within these reviews whatsoever. About as insightful as porridge.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

The Next Doctor - 6/10; Planet of the Dead - 3/10; The Waters of Mars - 10/10; The End of Time - 3/10


The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

I really loved the The End of time initially. But then after I've watched other regeneration episodes I didn't like it all that much...Making regeneration seem like death was weired and I think that it made the tenth Doctor seem way too vain. The Doctor should go away with dignity.

And I really love RTD's work but I think that in trying to give DT a great farewell he made fans less open to  the change (because the Doctor himself wouldn't let go).

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

The Next Doctor - The interraction between Jackson Lake and Ten was really good, Lake being a really sympathetic character. A shame about the dreadful cyberman plot and yet again earth being under threat...



Planet of the Dead - not bad, I didn't mind Lady Christina, it wwould have been good for the Doctor to travel with someone different from the usual Companion, someone who instead of dragging the Doctor back from doing something dodgy might instead encourage him to do something dodgy! The random member of the public predicting Ten's demise was a bit irritating though.


The Waters of Mars - a great scary episode, though the Time Lord Victorious ending to me seemed slightly out of character for Ten. Similarly, why would Ten think his time was up because he might have done something wrong, it's not as his there was someone to judge him? 


The End of Time - I'm not of fan of these episodes, far too long, the cannibalistic Master was dreadful, and (for me) far too much was thrown, it's like when a group struggling to make an album throws more and more instruments into the mix to make it spectacular. And how did Ten manage to fall all that way and survive!


The last 20 minutes was very self indulgent, but the best bit of it to me (along with Wilf), though even there they managed to ruin Martha by randomly pairing her off with Mickey and turning her into a freelance alien fighter!

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

I found The Next Doctor and Planet of the Dead alright and enjoyable, but Waters and End of Time are superb all around and highly enjoyable to me. The Tenth Doctor went out in style in indeed!

The Genie
The Genie

Remember, just because the people are in charge are corrupt doesn't make the whole society corrupt.  It's like Nigeria every other coup, or North Korea... there are innocents suffering whilst those in control give the whole society a bad name and make decisions that affect all.  With great power, comes great responsibility... well, that's Uncle Ben... well, it's Stan Lee, but I feel all mature quoting Uncle Ben.

TheOncomingStorm
TheOncomingStorm

  • ‘The Next Doctor’ – 8/10 I know the whole giant cyberman was a bit ridiculous, but I thought the Jackson Lake thing was very clever, and you know, I enjoy it.
  • ‘Planet of the Dead’ – 9/10 Don't understand why people don't like this one very much.
  • ‘The Waters of Mars’ – 10/10 It's The Waters Of Mars. What else can I say?
  • ‘The End of Time’ – 10/10 I love these. Ok, plot-wise, tiny bit ridiculous, but I love the Master, I love John Simm, I genuinely enjoy these episodes, not just for the performances but because the story is amazing (IMO). And Tennant is my favourite Doctor, so say what you like about the goodbyes, maybe they are self-indulgent, but hey, I cry every time so RTD was doing something right.

DW_girl
DW_girl

 I agree with your reviews more this time, John. Overall, well done for your articles thus far; they've been fun to read. ;)

My ratings:

The Next Doctor 7/10

Planet of the Dead 7.5/10

The Waters of Mars 10/10

The End of Time 9.5/10

Galax
Galax

‘The Next Doctor’– 5/10


Don't really like this one. Worst Christmas Special ever (and the only one I don't like). The first part of the episode was good but then, once we knew that the next doctor isn't the next doctor, it just got down and down and down. Mrs Hartigan was a great villain but that Giant CyberFactory thing was just too much. And AGAIN, to get rid off the Cybermen, the Doctor makes them realize who they are. Boring. It has already been done in The Age of Steel, and it was better.

‘Planet of the Dead’– 7/10



Decent story. Don't understand the hate it gets. What's wrong with it ? I liked the plot, Christina would make a great companion and the Doctor is excellent in here.

‘The Waters of Mars’– 10/10


In my top ten (top five ?) of my favourite episodes ever, and one of the five episodes I rank 10. Just a perfection.

‘The End of Time’– 7/10

No, doing green cactus, a naismith stupid plot and Skelettor's Master in every human head wasn't a good idea for Ten's last episode. I was disappointed in the first part. The second is fortunately the best, with an excellent Wilfriend (my favourite one-off companion ever) and Ten's regeneration that is wonderful. Donna's cameo was great but holy s***, is she REALLY gonna expulse some time lord energy every time Earth is attacked ? I'm sorry but, that's stupid, RTD. The Time Lords' appearence was great. I used to hate it because it was reaaaaally a disappointment to see all the promises reduce to 10 minutes on screen. But now, I consider it to be good, even I prefer them in The Day of the Doctor. 


Daleky
Daleky

My opinion

The Next Doctor  8/10 Planet of the Dead  6/10 The Waters of Mars  10/10 The End of Time  8/10

TheCyberDoctor is Undead
TheCyberDoctor is Undead




This series of articles has been fantastic so far. I agree with the majority of your points, and even the bits I disagree with are commendable. Some people just attack episodes they don't like, without any real reason, but you explain the reasons perfectly. I look forward to the next part!

Scoring wise I'd say:

1. The End of Time - 10/10

2. The Waters of Mars - 10/10

3. Planet of the Dead - 8/10

4. The Next Doctor - 7/10



newhorizons
newhorizons

All great but the End of Time. That was truly terrible. Only redeeming part was Smith's debut scene. 

SilenceHasFallen
SilenceHasFallen

I think I almost agree with you. But The End of Time is still... really weird for me. Because of Master. His "super power" and existence (and that ritual of course) itself is little bit ridiculous (i know, sci-fi, but still :D). Maybe i just didn't  understand that part of story, but i just thought that he is a Time Lord, not Superman. Hmm, so 6/10 for this episode from me really just because of Master... whom was too much.

JolomontheCube
JolomontheCube

so... many... 10/10's...



Here's my list:

The Next Doctor: 7/10


Planet of the dead: 7/10


The Waters of Mars: 9/10


The End of Time: 7/10

Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

For me I'd say 

1.The next Doctor 7/10 

2.Planet of the dead 7/10 

3.The waters of Mars 10/10 

4.The end of time 10/10 

shyx111
shyx111

The Next Doctor is funny and I really liked Morrissey, the rest of the episode is mediocre/ok.

I actually don't remember much of Planet of the Dead, I never liked it. What I can remember is: a desert, Michelle Ryan and Ten arresting himself.

The Waters of Mars, great. Just that. I mean scary water, great!

The End of Time... as I said yesterday there's too much stuff happening, too much things going on! Also, it's too long. I don't think the "I don't want to go" is linked to Day of the Doctor, that is just Ten reacting to the imminent change, like he said in part one he saw regeneration as death, which is a thing that I don't like. Still, considering that episode just as Tennant's last bow, he was amazing. I adore 11's first moments, I loved him immediately! Geronimoooo!

TheAmazingSkyFaller™
TheAmazingSkyFaller™

Yyyyyyyeah I agree with these scores. Well, I'd put POTD down a bit. But TEOT is just 'crackin!'


ClassicWhovian
ClassicWhovian

I don't like to say it, but I find Planet of the Dead a bit...boring....


 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

The next doctor 8/10 I love this episode very underrated.

Planet of the dead 9/10 this one grew on me.

Waters of Mars 10/10 DT's best story hands down.

The End of Time 1/10 this is the WORST episode IMO it's a pretentious mess that shoves too many ideas in one episode instead of focusing on the main story. The cast is great and the master and rassilon are great but their just crammed in. And don't get me started on that regeneration scene. I know a lot of people love this episode but I don't.

WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT
WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT

The End of time was good, but... it had some stupid things in it (at least part 1) and I wouldnt give it 10/10 

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

The Next Doctor - 6/10


I really like the first half of this special and find the Next Doctor plot line very interesting but it's pretty much over with half way through and the second half is once again just another big runaround. That's the problem I have with RTD's Christmas special's is that they are all the same.

Planet of the Dead - 6/10

A fun romp but pretty forgettable and Christina has got to be one of the most unlikeable companions I have ever seen, It looks amazing though.

The Waters of Mars - 10/10

The Waters of Mars starts out with you thinking it's just going to be another base under siege story but it turns into something sooo much more. David Tennant gives arguably his best performance on the show and that ending with the Doctor in the TARDIS and the cloister bell going off is just chilling, a truly fantastic piece of TV and without doubt the best of the 2009 Specials.

The End of Time - 8/10

I know The End of Time gets a lot of flak and it does have its problems but I actually really like it, it’s the moments between the Doctor and Wilf that make this story work and Bernard Cribbins Luke Skywalker moment has got to be one of the best things I have ever seen. I even like the Regeneration and think it’s a fitting end to the David Tennant/RTD era.

TheBiPunishment
TheBiPunishment

My favourite series (If it can be called that) of New Who, with my two all-time favourite episodes (The Waters of Mars and The End of Time). In fact I'd go so far as to say The Waters of Mars is my all-time favourite piece of fiction.


Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

I think The End of Time is just perfect. It deserves 11/10 for storytelling, character development and just the grand scale of the 10th Doctors final adventure. For me, it remains the best story of New Who and I loved it being split into two parts over Christmas and New Year. As for the other specials, the first two were a bit lackluster where plot is concerned but The Waters of Mars was a truly spectacular one off and the Flood were genius. RTD can stand proudly beside his final two stories, and let's not forget Phil Ford who I very much look forward to in Series 8.

PK-S
PK-S

I'm a fan of Planet of the Dead (largely down to my love of the character of Christina) so it's nice to hear some praise for it although I wouldn't have given it top marks. I mean.. it's not faultless - but it is good. The Waters of Mars, completely accurate, John and I would give The End of Time nine out of ten because there are a few bad aspects. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series and it's interesting to see how you view all the episodes of the revived era. I can't wait to see the next installment.



Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@TheWhiteGuardian I don't mind him visiting all of his past companions, but I don't really like his 'I don't want to go'. Because really, it is just the actor who is going and not his character.

I do much prefer that though, to Matt Smith's 'I will always remember when the Doctor was me'. Because that, along with his looking at the camera, make the whole show just seem fandom based, and not sory driven. I do think Doctor Who has become very much fandom based more recently, with its many references, among other things.

CassandraAtticum
CassandraAtticum

@The Outer Space K9 Of all the Doctors, Ten was the one who seemed the most in need of a companion. He had lost everyone he loved, often through his own actions, and he is the one who was alone when he regenerated. I thought his demeanor was appropriate. 








TheBiPunishment
TheBiPunishment

And the Master didn't eat a Time Lord and therefore is a cannibal.

TheBiPunishment
TheBiPunishment

The random member of the public was already referenced as having psychic abilities though.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

I think Gallifrey would be much closer to most fascist or communist countries of the past century, in that the leadership gets to do what they want because a large portion of the populace wants them to be in charge because they want to enjoy the benefits offered by belonging to the majority in a dictatorship, that being a feeling of strength. But overall I don't feel that the Time Lords can be compared too much to any human cultures, because they feel more like something mythical akin to Tolkien's Elves in the Silmarillion, or even more like the dangerous Fair Folk from ancient folklore. The Time Lords and the rest of Gallifrey has always had an otherworldly presence, which makes me more willing to accept this civilization going all-bad, because it would fit so well with the all-encompassing theme of an endless cycle of old gods falling and being replaced by new ones, with the Time Lords being the latest in a long line of divine monarchs giving way to a new culture.

TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!
TheNightmareChild sees into your soul!

@Galax  I agree with you about The End of Time for sure.  The second half was significantly better than the first half.  The first half's biggest failings in my view was that it was trying to throw too much at us in a short amount of time and the result was just a lot of confusion and awkwardness.  The second half settled things down a bit and actually upped the stakes with a return of the Time Lords.

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

Thank you for the compliments. I don't like to diss Doctor Who in any areas but if I feel there is a flaw anywhere I like to do my best to examine why I think this in a way that's fair and isn't just a massive rant. Glad your enjoying the series so far. I hope it continues to impress.

TheBiPunishment
TheBiPunishment

EDIT: Should be The End of Time Part 2, although Part 1 is very good too.


Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@TheBiPunishment  It may have been mentioned, but it was a touch convenient to find a psychic human old lady sitting on the same bus who happens to know about the four knocks but nothing else about Ten's demise...