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The End of Time Part II and Long Death of the 10th Doctor

************* SPOILERS BELOW***************

 

This final episode of Doctor Who with the 10th Doctor feels more like 2 stories, the first 45 minutes being the conclusion of the end of time, and the last half hour being the long death of the 10th doctor. We’ve known this episode was coming for a long time, the expectation level was set supremely high, and to be honest it did not meet the expectation, however I have doubts that the expectation could have ever been met since I never really knew what my expectation was. I had re-watched all the regenerations of the previous Doctors over the course of this past year so there was just enormous build up to the final episodes of the 10th Doctor. 

The End of Time:  This seems RTD’s attempt to wrap up as many loose threads as possible. The Big focus is the time war, and what happened to the Time Lords and Gallifrey? The episode opens on Gallifrey the Citadel of the Time Lords smoldering in ruins, with smashed Dalek ships strewn about. The last day of the Time Lords. There is a lot play with prophecy, destiny, and coincidence.  The Time Lords we see here are not the Time Lords we have known, they are very different, I guess we did know that since they did decide to interfere and engage in the war with the Daleks. However they have become like the Daleks, they become the biggest threat to the Universe. In fact the plan to end time is very similar to Davros plan to wipe out reality in Journey’s End.  What happened to you Time Lords? War is brutal and must be even more so across all of time. I find this in one sense disconcerting, I do like that he did answer these questions and give us the insight in to what the Doctor has had to deal with and come to terms with, but to make the Time Lords in to the Big Bad…wow. The Doctor is clearly the one who has condemned his whole people for greater good. It basically comes down to the Doctor possibly having too much power as he is faced with multiple life and death moral dilemmas including ones on the scale of civilizations; The Master or the Human Race, The Master or Time Lords, Himself or Wilford… etc…life and death choices all of them. 

There is also this acknowledgement of the Doctor’s darker side, he may not use a gun, but he is clever, and manipulates people. This harkens back to the 7th Doctor when we began to see the longer perspective on events and people the Doctor has (Curse of Fenric). Then he hears the Time Lords are returning and grabs the gun, I guess there can be a direct approach with the Doctor too. I was reminded of the episode the Doctor’s Daughter where he teaches her that there is always a choice. 

I do think the Master was used a little too much as a plot device in the end, for a character who has such a long and rich history on the show, see again I am not going to pretend to know what to have done with the Master, only that it left me wanting. 

I did consider posting my rant about all the things I didn’t care for like the Star Wars, SG-1, and whatever bits from other sci-fi, but it’s all nonsense.  The only two real issues with this episode I have are: WHO IS THIS WOMAN? 

Who is she?

Clearly she is a Time Lady; Romanadvoratrelundar, Susan Foreman, the Doctor’s mother, who? Also there were two votes against not proceeding with Time Lords return, who is the other person? How was this Time Lady able to appear to Wilford, when it took 6 Billion copies of Master to make contact? This Time Lady appeared on TV’s and in person, the master had to be manipulated as a Time Lord his whole life to make contact, yet she appears to Wilford without much problem? That is all just left hanging out there in the end, and the question even gets asked!  It one of those things I have a feeling will just never be explained, unless Steven Moffatt asked for it to be included otherwise I fear it will be like the #’s on Lost

The other issue is the Doctor’s fall from the space craft, through the dome on to the stone floor and he gets up! The 4th Doctor fell from the radio tower on to the grass and that triggered the regeneration in to the 5th Doctor. The 10th Doctor seems considerably more durable considering he is 150 years older than he was at the end of the 4th Doctors time. 

From the end of time, we enter the Long Death of the 10th Doctor, In this two part event we have been witness to multiple one on one conversations between two old men, Wilford and Doctor and I enjoy juxtaposition of these two Characters and again playing with the prophecy & destiny are fulfilled or coincidence occurs, as the Doctor sacrifices himself to spare Wilford’s life and he goes on his farewell reward tour… My only real comment here is Martha quit Unit and married Mickey Smith really? Um ok well moving on…. It was a tough regeneration for how drawn out it was, the Doctor fighting the regeneration. I did feel for the character as I liked this 10th Doctor and didn’t want him to go either but such is the way of the show. 

I will hold judgment of Matt Smith as the new Doctor until he has a proper story of his own. 

To Sum up – Over all I liked it, but it sits uneasy and… 

WHO IS THIS TIME LADY? 

WHO IS THIS TIME LADY?

January 2, 2010 - Posted by | Entertainment, Opinion, Sci-Fi, TV, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. People are saying she is The Doctor Mother. he had some kind of emotional response when he saw here- so, his wife? he was a father once. or his mum.

    Comment by MyName...IsTheMaster. | January 6, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks, I think most people saying that b/c it was reported that way in the Daily Telegraph. I think it is almost more tragic if it is Romana.

    Comment by thethyme | January 6, 2010 | Reply

  3. Towards the end of the episode, when Wilf asks the Doctor who she is, the Doctor looks past Wilf and at Donna Wilf’s GRAND-DAUGHTER. Hence, you are led to believe the mystery woman is Susan Foreman from the first Doctor’s years.

    Comment by Tom | February 21, 2010 | Reply

    • It couldn’t be Susan sadly. The Doctor left Susan on Earth during the Dalek invasion of 2180. But then there never was a Dalek invasion at that time as evidenced by Jack stating way back that one second the Daleks were THE threat of the universe and the next they were gone. The Last Great Time War used terrible weapons that wiped out whole timelines, including the one that had that invasion and Susan Foreman with it.
      The Doctor’s wife or mother? Who knows? There’s never been much mention of them so both are possibilities.

      Comment by Jason | February 18, 2011 | Reply

  4. Russel T. Davies confirmed she’s the doctors mother in the doctor who confidential for that episode duo.

    Comment by StellarCluster | December 15, 2010 | Reply

  5. I think also she could be the grand- daughter of the Doctor… he didn’t see her for how many years???
    Or it’s his mum… I mean… a mother is something special… mother and child have this special link… so… I don’t know… :)

    Comment by BlueBox906 | March 21, 2011 | Reply

  6. wasnt it meant to maybe be his mum, but never actually made it clear? i didnt even think of susan, but i hope it wasnt her, i want them to bring her back, she was left on earth and could still be here.

    Comment by Jacinta Wyld | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  7. It was his mom, RTD confirmed it in his book about writting his laster series of DW. Susan is presumed lost as part of the Time War.

    Comment by thethyme | March 2, 2012 | Reply


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