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?
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?
The time of the 10th Doctor is drawing to a close and his old Nemesis the Master is back, but is that all or is there something more at play here? the time has come for the 2 Part finale which not only see’s David Tennant’s time as the Doctor come to an end but also Russel T Davies as writer and producer who brought Doctor Who back to TV in 2005. These episodes promise to be an exciting end to this chapter of long running British Sci-fi series. Here is a clip from part one:
Part 1 does not disappoint it is 60 minutes of a bigger than life Doctor Who action that we have come to expect from RTD. The folks over at the Gallifreyan Embassy have a saying “in Russel we trust” and with good cause, b/c the man can tell a story and whale of a tale it is.
The Master returns having cheated death once again and he is mad as ever! The drums the never ending drums in his mind are real. We also get insights in to the Doctor’s mind and childhood, the story establishes that the Master and the Doctor were childhood friends and that they use to play together. Their is history does go back a very long way.
We also see the return of Donna Noble not as a companion as she can never remember her past for fear of destroying her mind, but her family is part of the story the Doctor is aided by Her grandfather Wilfred Mott, who like Donna is an ordinary person who has a huge part to play in the unfolding of the events around the Doctor, There is a scene between the Doctor and Wilfred in the coffee shop where we get insight in to the Doctor’s mind, his fear of death and how regeneration even feels like death to him, as that specific incarnation is gone forever. Great Stuff here!
There is another element to this story atypical for Doctor Who, there is a narrator voiced by Timothy Dalton that provides some exposition on the story and the events we are witnessing. It is not until the end that we see this narrator and realize who or what he is. He is delivering a speech and as the camera pulls away, we see he is not just a Man but a Time Lord holding the staff of Rassilion! He is addressing the Time Lords and they are coming BACK!!!
I for one cannot wait for next week exciting 75 minute conclusion to this story, the Time Lords are coming back, what does this mean for the Doctor, for Galifrey, for the Universe, for next season!
I really enjoyed this story and feel it is building to something in the Russel T Davis style that will leave the Doctor Who fans eager and Ready for the 11 Doctor and adventures Steven Moffat will take us all on.