Doctor Who special 3: The End of Time Part 2
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  • It's a brief scene, but I thought it was rather well done and it was good to see Billie Piper again
  • I know that Davies has said that the Time War is so big that not even the world's largest budget could do it justice, but it would still be cool to see in some other medium like an audio drama or book series


    • by David Finniss

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      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
      character.

      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 ...


      • nature of the Time War. We knew it was time locked, but the Doctor also alludes all sorts of abominations that were given birth as a result of their actions. Part of me wants to see it brought to life, but on the other hand, the references do a pretty good job of painting what it was like. I know that Davies has said that the Time War is so big that not even the world’s largest budget could do it justice, but it would still be cool to see in some other medium like an audio drama or book series.

        I was rather fascinated by the the dynamic between the Master and the Time Lords. He shows reverence and joy at the return of their race, but quickly announces that he can do to them what he did to mankind. On the flip side, the Time Lords seem to show no respect to him, even referring to him as “diseased”. While Rassilon admits the disease was of his own making, it doesn’t rob the line of its contempt. It only makes it all the more satisfying when the Master dishes out his own brand of payback.

        I get why the episode spent so long with goodbyes. Not only was Tennant leaving, but Russell T. Davies was stepping down as head producer. It allowed them to recap everything and give everyone one last moment. Still, it felt a bit excessive. I did like the scene where the Doctor lurches towards his TARDIS as the Ood song played in the background. It made it all the more haunting and morose. It could’ve gone over the top, but didn’t. Even when the song was replaced with ominous chanting, it worked rather well.

        We also get our introduction to Matt Smith as the new Doctor. I’m already a fan of his Doctor so there wasn’t much worry there, but he gives you a pretty good idea of how he’s going to be played. After all the moping Ten did, seeing a Doctor who’s more quirky and eccentric should be fun to watch.

        All in all, this was a decent special. It wasn’t all it could’ve been, but it was a solid send off for one of the more popular Doctors. It capped off Davies’ era and set the stage for the Smith/Moffatt era that is going to follow.




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