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Doctor Who Specials: The End Of Time
Doctor Who The End Of Time
The End Of Time Doctor Who Special Two Part Final
David Tennants doctor has been a great adventure and one of the best new doctor who stories since the new Who began way back in 2005, but this two part adventure was this Doctors last outing as the famous timelord as David Tennant wanted to go out on a high instead of carrying on for a few more series.
What follows is a spoiler review of this Doctor Who Special, so be warned story plot points will be revealed if you haven't already watched it.
The story as always towards the end of each series sees the Oods prediction coming true about a dark shadow that will be the end of time itself and that the doctor song is ending, meaning that he will die and we all know what happens when the doctor dies, he regenerates into another doctor and that will be Matt Smith the 11th doctor(even though it should be the 12th as people forget Peter Cushing in them two classic films of the 60's)
The first part of the two part story sees the Master being resurrected who will as always make the Doctors life miserable by some evil scheme that will result in the end of the human race and there is some part prophecy in the story that also makes way for the return of the timelords, because as we have been led to believe that the doctor and the Master were the last of the timelords, but I always thought, yeah right, the Daleks returned and even the Cybermen, so why not the timelords?
What's interesting about this is that the Master is like the opposite of what he last was at the end of the 3rd series of Doctor Who where he was the Prime Minister of England Harold Saxon, here he is a homeless wretch of his former self, feeding off tramps because his regeneration or resurrection went wrong thanks to the intervention of his widow/wife, as he is told by the Doctor he is burning up his lifeforce and that's why you see his head flashing as a skull every now and then.
You really see the connection between the Doctor and the Master in these two episodes and you see why they are equals and have always been in every respect and that's why they both have respect for each other even though you wouldn't think so with what the Master puts the doctor through over the years and also we find out what the drumming in the Masters head actually is and quite obviously, it is the heartbeat of a timelord placed into his head as a child.
The second episode sees the timelords appear with Timothy Dalton on fine form as he narrates most of the story in part one too and turns up as the timelord president with an interesting gauntlet that looks like a resurrection gauntlet that we saw in the first and second series of Torchwood, but alas there was no explanation of it at this point.
We find out that the timelords have been locked in time at the end of the time war and are waiting for someone to free them which they know will happen as it was foretold to them by their prophet who looks like a mad mavis from Coronation Street.
The ending is great with the doctors regeneration as he is allowed the time to see a few people before he goes, because likely the new doctor will have new companions and new companions mean no time for the old ones, so I guess it was Russel T Davies chance to wrap up some of the stories that we have enjoyed and been thrilled by over the years.
Of course you would think that with the bad Timelords and the Master around they would be the ones to kill the current doctor, but no that honour falls to Wilf (Bernard Cribbins) who walks into a radiation chamber that has two doors and to free him the doctor has to go into the other door as Wilf knocks four times (something that was foretold in the other doctor who special - The Planet of the Dead) and the radiation kills the doctor slowly.
This was a brilliant end to a fantastic run of Doctor Who for David Tennant with 3 13 episode series and 7 Specials and the new doctor who is looking to be something special too with a new retro look for the tardis, almost like it looked in the 80's and more likely the interior of the tardis will be brand new as at the end of these two specials most of it fell apart because of the doctors regeneration.
I've only seen a quick glimpse into Matt Smiths doctor, but I just can't wait for Spring 2010 when Doctor Who returns with 13 episodes of rebooted Who.
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