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Doctor Who Specials: The End Of Time

Updated on October 31, 2010

Doctor Who The End Of Time

Doctor Who - The End Of Time    Too much to drink, no of course not! it's the end of David Tennants Doctor before he regenerates into Matt Smith.
Doctor Who - The End Of Time Too much to drink, no of course not! it's the end of David Tennants Doctor before he regenerates into Matt Smith.

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.

The End Of Time Promotional Poster

The poster for the doctor who end of time story.
The poster for the doctor who end of time story.

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes this was a good ending to D Tennants Doctor!

      I hope they do a 3 doctor story in the future bringing these classic doctors back!

    • RebeccaWoods profile image


      8 years ago from Bournemouth, Dorset

      I loved "The End of Time". Yes, the idea that someone could fall from a spaceship hundreds of feet and then through a glass ceiling and not be cut to pieces is rather funny but all in all it was brilliant. The Doctor's scene with Wilf in part one (in the cafe) literally had me welling up. I wasn't keen on the subplot involving the gate that could heal people etc...along with the creepy father/daughter pairing...this could have been plotted so much better. However it was great, and I loved the bits at the end when the Doctor helped all of his former companions for the last time.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes Mr moffat writes some great stories and he's a fan too, so the new who will be great and what I thought about the trailer is that it looks like a movie almost as it is shot on location in a few different places this time around and the doctor punching someone in an almost 50's style is just too funny!

    • KCC Big Country profile image


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Bring on the Moffat episodes! I have loved all the ones he had a hand in. That trailer does make it look like we're going to have some fun. The new Doctor appears to have a lot of David Tennant's quirkiness.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Dame

      Can't wait for new Who in the spring over here as it looks ace, there's a trailer on youtube of the 5th series and it looks amazing with a dalek and the weeping angels and a newly designed tardis interior!!

    • Dame Scribe profile image

      Dame Scribe 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I love Dr Who and hope it stays as long as the old version but will sorely miss David Tennant (just babelicious!) lol,glad to hear they will be returning! :)

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah, you watch Doctor who too!

      It is fun this series and I always look forward to it when it comes on tv each year, I'm starting to collect all the older dvds too because I grew up on Doctor Who and it is one of the best shows around even now!

    • robertsloan2 profile image


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Oh this sounds fun! I love Dr. Who and somehow spoilers never really bother me with it. Got to pick up some DVDs and catch up on everything I missed since I stopped having cable.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Hey there Jay!

      Yes there was a few plot points that didn't work that well, but it was ok for a christmas event, the new doctor who looks ace from what I've seen on youtube and other places and yes leaping out of a spaceship and crashing through that glass ceiling in other doctor who stories would have killed him and he would have regenerated there and then on the floor of that old manor house, but I guess the writers were more focused on settingup Matt Smiths take over that they forgot to check these huge story errors.

      Cheers for that ace comment and happy new year to you too, yes haven't been on mylot a while, I've been writing like mad here on hubpages and creating how to draw videos on youtube.

    • jaytech profile image


      8 years ago from Cardiff

      I didn't enjoy the latest Dr Who episode, I thought the whole return of the Time Lords was quite an anti climax, it was more like a brawl in the Queen Vic. Such a major event should have had way more substance. I also cringed when he dived out of the space ship, crashed through the glass ceiling & landed on a concrete floor & just got up, it made him out to be a bit of a super hero.

      My last cringe was when the planet passed closely by & it never so much as caused a wave, whereas in reality it would have caused major havoc world wide with Tsunamis, earth quakes & all kinds of disasters, so after a few minutes the planet passes by, everyone brushes their coats & carries on their day.

      I usually love the show but it felt like it was rushed & not very well thought out.

      Happy New Year btw, it's been quite a while mate :)

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers KCC!

      The new Doctor doesn't bother me, because I've seen his acting and I can tell that this doctor will be a good one, because he is a relative unknown but a good actor, sort of like David Tennant was when he first started as our favourite timelord.

    • KCC Big Country profile image


      8 years ago from Central Texas

      I had never heard of Doctor Who until I met my English husband. He started me out with David Tennant, so he'll always be "my doctor". I absolutely love Doctor Who and will miss David Tennant, but I do look forward to the new Doctor. My husband hates the idea of the new Doctor being so young. It should be interesting!


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