‘Doctor Who: The End of Time’ Review & Discussion [Updated]

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doctor who end time Doctor Who: The End of Time Review & Discussion [Updated]

With the holiday season upon us, now is the time to sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones. Although, if you’re the part of the world where snow is common (like myself), you’re already sick of the white devil powder that covers everything. Fortunately, we’ve got more important things to worry about. What’s so important, you ask? Well, it’s just THE END OF TIME.

Not only the end of time, but also the end of an era. Since the 2005 return of Doctor Who, we’ve been blessed with two wonderful actors portraying the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. It’s been over 4 years since we said goodbye to Eccleston and now the time is upon us again.

Time to say goodbye to David Tennant.

[Update: This will cover “Doctor Who: The End of Time” (Part 2).]

Click here to go to the second page and view the review of “Dr. Who and the End of Time” (Part 1)

After such an extremely disappointing first half, it’s hard to think that it could get any worse with part 2 of “The End of Time” and for the first 5 minutes into the second half, I started to think that it could. Then, the clouds cleared and Russell T. Davies was able to ever so slightly save himself for being known as the man who both resurrected and ruined Doctor Who.

While the second half was much better than the first, it still wasn’t “up to standard” with what Who fans have become accustomed to. I’m not going to lie, this past year hasn’t exactly been the best in terms of story, but it would be hard for any fan to deny that since its resurrection, Doctor Who has been top notch in terms of storytelling.

Maybe that’s why this overall special failed. In terms of storytelling, I didn’t really care about what was going on; Too many new things were introduced at once and they all began to just blend together and I started to ignore them.

The whole “medical fix-it machine,” cactus people, super hero Master (flying with his hands), stunt man Doctor (falling through the ceiling), Donna’s mind defense system, Time Lord beacon… it was just too much. It seemed as if Davies had thought of a scene, “the Time Lords returning” and was so excited about that idea that he just threw anything down to make it happen.

Still, this might sound like I didn’t enjoy the episode at all and that’s not the case; I truly enjoyed the episode. The last 20 minutes of the finale were worth sitting through every single special since last Christmas. When it comes down to it, the quality of the entire episode was secondary to what we I really care about: the ending. Somehow, I don’t know how, Davies pulled out a brilliant conclusion to this Doctor Who story.

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From the moment that the Doctor stated, “it’s already started” I was hooked and couldn’t stop watching until it was over. With the words of “I’m going to get my reward” and him revisiting all the main characters, Davies got back his glory and I couldn’t have been happier about it.

This special is a perfect example why Davies needed to step down as head writer. While most of the episode was rubbish, there was enough brilliance peppered in to keep me watching and the ending of this episode was most certainly brilliant.

A New Doctor

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Alright, I know everyone is going to have their thoughts on Matt Smith as the new Doctor, so here are mine: I’m going to wait and see. It’s as simple as that.

Yes, I’ll admit that his performance at the end was odd, but if you look back to the regeneration that revealed Tennant as the new Doctor, he wasn’t exactly winning any awards.

There are a lot of things that tell me this upcoming season is going to be bad, but Steven Moffat has written so many wonderful Doctor Who episodes that I just have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Don’t I?

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  1. Ok. I just read all the comments and all I have to say is: don’t think so hard about time travel! Sure… it may be one year to us who are watching it or to Jackie who’s waiting for Rose to come home. But to them, traveling amongst the stars, it could only be a day. A week. A month. It doesn’t have to be a year because they could see the same day in so many different places. As long as they don’t cross themselves.

    I also wanted to mention that when I saw Timothy Dalton I thought to myself, ‘Hey! Timothy Dalton! I wonder if he’ll be a Time Lord?’ Then I proceeded to chide myself, ‘Of course he’s a Time Lord! He’s f****** TIMOTHY DALTON! What else would he be?’

    Plus… Isn’t it bad enough that we have to get used to Matt Smith, but also a new companion and a new interior to the TARDIS? My doctor is Christopher Eccleston, but I had Rose and the TARDIS to get me through his regeneration. I have nothing for Smith.

    I keep thinking that Andrew Lee-Potts would make a good Doctor, if they were looking to cast younger. I have to stop that or I’ll never accept Matt Smith.

  2. All good things must eventually end,and whatever hardcore fans thought of the overall quality of “End Of Time”, David Tennant and RTD went out on a very high note.

    The marvellous twist when it was revealed despite his extraordinary powers, The Doctor could not outrun his fate probably reduced many viewers to floods of tears. DT’s magnificent performance when he realised his terrible end is a reminder why he played “Hamlet”. This was acting of the highest quality. Many people in and outside of Hollywood would have given their eyeteeth to be able to perform like that.

    As for Matt Smith, I reckon he will be fine. RTD knows star quality when he sees it, and the show could go into the realms of the ” Twilight” films. It also has the mighty Steve Moffatt taking over from RTD, which means it will probably be the most frightening series of Doctor Who to be made. “Blink” was easily the creepiest tv programme I have seen in many years, only matched by vintage “Twilight Zone” and the BBC adaptations of classic ghost stories of M.R James and Charles Dickens.

  3. I’m actually a new fan of the good Doctor. i was introduced when the Doctor went from Chris to David. quite frankly, it has had me hooked since then. the episodes, though some have flaws, were more interesting than most crap they have on tv. (i live in america so…) I really loved the performance David gave as the Doctor. providing more than his timelord analytical stuff but giving the Doctor a, dare i say it? a soul. I will miss David as the Doctor because he really did shine in it but i will give the “new guy” a chance…but honoestly, i won’t hold my breath.

  4. To those who doubt Matt Smith’s acting ability:
    See “That Face”. Or “Party Animals”.

    He is SO Doctor-ish in the latter. In the former, he’s just so dark and so… fantastic.

    But at least one thing is certain for series five: it will seperate the Doctor Who fans from the David Tennant fans (or fangirls, or the majority of the Nu-Who fans).

    With the new old-school Doctor, new companion, new old-school TARDIS exterior, new TARDIS interior, new sonic screwdriver, new old-school Daleks, totally new production team and Moffat aiming for a classic-like old-school Who feel…

    A lot of the people used to Tennant and RTD and the orange-tinted, gay-agenda, reset-buttoned, pacificst-dont-use-violence-ever-ever themes will probably tune out.
    While the Doctor Who fans who know change is a part of Who, Tennant was just another Doctor (albiet a great one), and Smith is a great actor, will stay with the show.

  5. Ultimately, this episode gets a thumb’s down. Here’s why:

    I didn’t really cry, barely felt anything with the regeneration of this Doctor.

    I remember thinking with great loss when Peter Davison regenerated “Wow! He did that for Peri.” I remember thinking when Tom Baker regenerated, “Man he fought till the end, and took a fall to save the universe.” And I remember thinking when Colin Baker regenerated “Wow, that really fits for him!” (Yes Colin Baker could and would have done better if given the chance, but the way they worked it just worked in a strange irony).

    But David Tennant and how he regenerated? Just didn’t work for me. The whole two man chamber radiantion chamber was just not believable. I thought for a moment the Doctor was going to slump to the floor and say behind the glass to Donna’s granddad, and taking a cue from Star Trek 2:The Wrath of Khan say “Universe… out of danger?”

    But no, the Doctor walks out and gets to romp around time and space for a few more hours. No thought of going to one of those many medically advanced planets and get RADIATION TREATMENT in those hours he wasted?

    And what happened to the regeneration process? I mean, wow… I think of all the Doctors that regenerated in the TARDIS and they morphed a bit and were done. When did this HIGHLANDER quickening sequence with lightning and explosions start taking effect?

    Could you imagine Tom Baker’s Doctor as Romana was regenerating? “Oh goodness, Romana is regenerating? And I just had the TARDIS redecorated. (starts throwing switches madly on the console) Ok TARDIS old girl, get me to that barron planet with a breathable atmosphere…” And then after that promptly kicks Romana out of the TARDIS till she’s done regenerating where she creates a sizeable blast crater while she’s at it.

    It was all so staged, the Doctor had too much time to have ANGST and AGONY as he was dying. DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA. And to me, pointless drama. The Pertwee Doctor would have walked up and smacked his older Tennant incarnation over the side of the head and told to walk it off and quit being such a cry baby.

    Things I DID like, the fun Star Wars’ like scenes of the alien bar and flight sequences, the special effects were not wasted on me.

    It was GREAT to see the Timelords again! I knew they were out there… somewhere, especially if Daleks were still around. And I’m sure the Timelords will be back.

    Always love seeing the Master. Tennant and this Master were just pyschotic together, but worked well together.

    And seeing Jack and all the others in the end, while a bit over the top (and fan service) was good to see.

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  6. @Jamie – thats exactly why i’m worried about Series 5 – I’m new (2005) and am really nervous about this “oldschool” Doctor. I think it works better as a drama.

  7. 12 regenerations my friend, 13 lives. Old and wizened you say?

    I'm annoyed they didn't go into the history of Rassilon and what he was doing on Gallifrey during the time war… I reckon Russel T had a good idea but then had to cut it to allow time for his grand goodbye. But that's just the musing of a young and foolish fan :o)

  8. Although I'm not a big time fan of Dr. Who I have watched it from time to time and it's been interesting even though it gets down right hokie sometimes on it's limited budget when it comes to creatures and effects. I haven't seen part two of the End of Time, but I'm not all that excited to one way or other. My biggest problem with part one was in the dialog. Half the time between the accent and made up names I couldn't really make out what they were trying to explain. I gather this old guy who becomes a young guy is akin to the doctor somehow, but how he got there and how he forgot who he was wasn't clear…..As to some of the other exoplainations…I realize much of it had to do with the history of the show….I only know that Captin Jack from that short series about the kids a few months ago. So even though some of that made sense there was a lot of it that made very little sense at all. My thoughts on series is that unless a series is a constant continuation of a base story that you have a tough time explaining how everything ties in over many past episodes. It seems top me the Dr. Who is more of a series of different adventures much like the old Star Trek was.

    I haven't seen any of the new segments I have recorded with this new actor as Dr. Who, but just from the few trailers I've seen it appears that he isn't as animated in facial expressions as the past actor. Maybe that will make adjusting to the new guy an easier task since I wont be comparing him as much. It's a fun show and I'm looking ofreward to what the new version is going to be like….It does seem like they might have been able to increase their CG budget…That should help the series a lot if they did

  9. first things first,this episode was all about the doctor rather then the enemy the way other series finales were centered round the main threat. The masters plan was genious creating a ”master race” in part one the master is completley pysco like in series 3 but in pt 2 hes more the silent sinister master character. Personal i dont think the time were entirley needed as nice as they were they were more of a side bit they had a brilliant plan but it just kind of fizzed out in the 1st 30 minutes so the doctor could get his reward as nice as it was i would have prefered an 9th doctor regeneration, russell t davis i feel wrote the time lords of too easily by shooting the transmittor, the doctor dosent solve his problems with weapons, in general the episode was good but could’ve been so much better

  10. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the two episodes, the first being abselute crap! Destroying the essence of the Master by giving him super powers and I am still angry about that, since without superpowers, he didn’t need them if that makes sense. The effects were crap, the logic, the lines, the jokes and CACTUS? really? the firs half was a failure. I liked the second part just a tad more, yet still hated it. The time lord thing had potential, but was moved aside too quickly, and there were some major plot holes, non-logical things and the like in the episode. The final part of the final was a little better, esspecially with HOW he died and all, but raises the question, why did Wilferd enter the chamber in the first place? The goodbyes, of the different companions, was okay since although it was a very good idea, in essence it was put on very badly, with an alien bar, and sonotran, which shouldn’t have been there, and although Tennant’s acting was wonderful, a question is raised about why did the regenration last as long as it did? In other regenerations, of the master as well, it was always fast and with no choice, and although the goodbyes were a nice idea, they could have been portrayed in a much better way, without creating a plot hole.
    On the whole, the episides were far less than what I expected.