A Wonderful farewell to the greatest Doctor of all time.
Jan 6, 2010
This is truly an end of an era moment as it not only says goodbye to the man who has officially been voted the greatest Doctor of all time but it also waves goodbye to the man who spearheaded the return of the show, Russell T. Davies. The first part of this spectacular Christmas ending set up what is undoubtedly one of the most epic Dr. Who episodes that has ever been put together. The plot is actually a bit too complicated to go into great detail about but at the end of the first part The Master Race was born and the Time Lords were looking for a way to break free of the time lock and prevent their death. The plan being that once they were free, they would end time itself and ascend to a greater consciousness.
The increasing importance of Bernard Cribbins in these two episodes through the numerous apparitions of a mysterious women asking him to protect the Doctor but to not tell him of her appearances. The two men seemed to have an unexplainable link and Donna seemed to have an unexplainable gift which seems to stretch far beyond the reaches of explanation going back to the end of series four and the Doctor Donna brilliance. The scenes between Tennant and Cribbins are truly special ones that must be witnessed as the two have a sincere rapport as both on and off the screen the pair seem to have a great fondness for each other.
John Simms Master is really a special character in the Dr. Who universe as he appears as the manic, unflinching psychopath who we love to hate. The introduction of Timothy Dalton as the president of the Time Lords is one to be witnessed as he presents this superior, epic presence making the position of his character believable. I found myself wanting the Time Lords to make a permanent return to the Dr. Who universe after this finale, maybe in a form that would save the Doctors life but would still result in regeneration. Alas, it was not to be as due to the Time Lords plan to end the war by ending time itself made them the bad guys and the Doctor ultimately had to choose between his own people and existence itself. This choice meant that the Doctor had to question his own principle of never killing and was given a gun by Wilf to help him make that choice.
The absolute gem of the episode was not the resulting conclusion between the Doctor, Master and the Time Lords, nor was it the heart wrenching conversation between Wilf and the Dr. while he was deciding how to beat the Master but it was the farewell that we were all dreading but knew was coming. The Doctor was severely hurt by exposure to radiation which started the regeneration process slowly which gave him enough time to say his farewells. During the slow process he visits his various companions from the past 3 series' in his 10th incarnation. Most heart warmingly of all, he visits Rose at the time before she meets the Doctor to tell her that she will have a great new year. Uttering the last, most fitting line you could possibly expect, "I don't want to go" the Doctor finally transforms into his 11th incarnation played by Matt Smith.
The last line uttered by Tennant is a fitting way which blurs the line between the actor and the character and also presents a more important perspective to the regeneration process as it's not just about saying goodbye to the face, but the personality as well. For someone who has made such an impact on the series in making it such a success, this is an excellent goodbye to a superb actor. Although this has acted as a platform to greater things for the actor, I'm hoping that the empty shoes are not too big for the newcomer Matt Smith to fill.
If there is ever another big screen adventure for the Doctor, I sincerely hope Davies is writing the script as he has an amazing talent. Tennant described Davies as the Shakespeare of modern times and I am certainly inclined to agree.
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The End of Time is a two-part Doctor Who special, originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 25 December 2009 and 1 January 2010. For the first time since the revival of the series in 2005, both episodes have the same overall title, followed by "Part One" and "Part Two". This is the last story for David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor and sees his character regenerating into his eleventh incarnation, played by Matt Smith. It is also the last Doctor Who story written and produced by Russell T Davies, who shepherded the series' return to British television in 2005 and has since served as the series' executive producer and chief writer. Davies will be succeeded as executive producer and showrunner by Steven Moffat.