Thus concludes David Tennant’s run as the Doctor as he faces off against both the Master and the Time Lords, who seek to bring about an end to creation in order to save their own hides.
The episode is a step above part 1, but it still didn’t quite hit the high that it wanted to. Having Timothy Dalton get more screentime always helps and the Master is played a bit more seriously, which also makes the episode a bit more effective.
With everything going on, things seem to wrap up pretty quickly. Oh, the climax is pretty effective, with the Doctor torn between putting an end to two deadly enemies, and the entire planet of Gallifrey returning to the universe. I also loved the “get out of the way bit”. I have to admit, seeing the Master take down Rassilon was one of the major highlights of the episode.
Much like with “Journey’s End” this two parter puts more of an emphasis on emotion and character moments. The scenes with the Doctor and Wilfred talking are, of course, wonderful. I hope they manage to work him into the show again as he really is a fantastic
We also have a fifteen minute “goodbye” sequence where the Doctor visits all of his former companions, allowing for a parade of cameos before Tennant makes his final departure.
Not surprisingly, the most significant, and emotionally poignant goodbye is to Rose, who he sees before she meets his previous incarnation. It’s a brief scene, but I thought it was rather well done and it was good to see Billie Piper again.
The episode does tie up a lot of loose ends. We get an explanation as to what the drums in the Master’s head are and we also get to see several of the companions move on. It turns out Mickey and Martha got married and are doing freelance work and Donna gets married to her new husband, an actual human being this time no less.
Unlike the Master, the Time Lords come off as a credible threat. This is in no small part due to Dalton’s performance, but more than that, we see how bad this is when the Doctor, who has repeatedly turns down firearms, actually takes Wilfred’s gun upon hearing about their possible return.
We also get more details about the ...