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“The End of Time: Part 2” – Review: Redux

Doctor “I don’t want to go”

The End of Time Part Two

The king is dead, long live the king! In this case, the former is Russell T Davies and the latter Steven Moffat who wrote the final, post-regeneration minute or so of RTD’s swan-song opus, “The End of Time”, shown in two parts on Christmas Day 2009 and New Year’s Day 2010. Now that we see the baton being well and truly handed over it is a good moment to dwell for a moment on my little re-analysis of these early years of the Doctor’s resurrection. The 60-episode era really does stand up well. I went in to the process a little unsure about what I might find: would the magic still be there after eight years? Would Eccleston and Tennant compare favourably to Smith, or would Moffat’s fairy-tale take on the mythology outshine its predecessor? There will be time enough for that another day, but in isolation this was as perfect as something so diverse could be, and the end of Tennant, the end of Russell T Davies, and “The End of Time” were wrapped up as perfectly as anyone could’ve hoped. Continue reading


“Journey’s End” – Review: Redux

Dalek “Exterminieren! Exterminieren! Halt! Sonst werden wir Sie exterminieren! Sie sind jetzt ein Gefangener der Daleks! Exterminieren! Exterminieren!”

Journey's End

9.4 million people tuned in to the Series Four finale and they were treated to sixty-five minutes of wonderful, sci-fi nonsense.  Beforehand, back in 2008, there was an abundance of newspaper articles across the whole gamut of broadsheets as well as the more typical tabloid fodder, plus guest appearances on TV shows and even features on the Six O’Clock news as a kind of Who-Shot-JR national fervour built up following the “I’m regenerating” cliff-hanger to “The Stolen Earth”.  The secrecy of the plot and the fact that none bar the inner sanctum of BBC Wales knew what was about to happen meant that the hype was going to be almost impossible to live up to.  Alas, that almost proved to be the case. Although this sense was all but lost in the 20/20 hindsight of this knowing look back. Continue reading

“The Stolen Earth” – Review: Redux

Harriet Jones “Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister.”Dalek “Yes, we know who you are.”

The Stolen Earth

There are moments in adulthood when you yearn for the thrill of youth. Usually, it’s at times when your body doesn’t quite behave in the way it should and always has done before, when they stop making birthday cards with your age on them (ever seen a “Happy 43rd” card?), when you hear yourself for the first time starting a sentence with the words “Back in my day…”, or the first time you buy yourself a tee-shirt that doesn’t have any writing or a picture on it. Young Policemen Syndrome, I guess they’ll call it. However, all too rarely there are moments when you forget all that stuff and nonsense and you are as giddy and thrilled and happy as any you were in any of your childhood memories. The last 15 minutes of “The Stolen Earth” was such a moment. Continue reading

“Turn Left” – Review: Redux

Donna Noble “She told me to warn you. She said two words.”
The Doctor “What two words? What were they? What did she say?”
Donna Noble “Bad Wolf.”

Turn Left

In much the same way that Martha Jones’ arrival in Torchwood for three episodes heralded the beginning of a trilogy of stories focusing on Owen Harper, “Turn Left” sees the hotly anticipated return of Rose in a story focusing heavily on the new companion, Donna.  Many will argue that this is all just and proper given the tour de force that Catherine Tate delivered up to and including this, the 11th episode of Series Four. The same people will be bleating that Ms Tate acted Ms Piper off the screen.  They may, just, have a point… Catherine Tate was magnificent.  At its core, this was an episode about looking back but not so much tying up loose ends as going back and unravelling what had happened since before the Doctor and Donna first met back in The Runaway Bride.  As the tapestry of Earth’s history was disentangled, we were treated to the kind of twisted history tale that is the dream of fanboys (and girls) up and down the country, myself included I should add. Continue reading

“Midnight” – Review: Redux

Dee Dee Blasco & Sky Silvestry “We must not look at goblin men.”
Biff Cane & Sky Silvestry “What’s that supposed to mean?”
The Doctor & Sky Silvestry “It’s a poem. Christina Rossetti.”
Dee Dee Blasco & Sky Silvestry “We must not look at goblin men / We must not buy their fruits / Who knows upon what soil they fed / Their hungry, thirsty roots?”
The Doctor & Sky Silvestry “Actually, I don’t think that’s helping.”


Ladies and gentlemen and variations thereupon, if you’re not watching along with this marathon, then you’re going to regret missing “Midnight”. It is seriously good. Just at the time when the soon to be gone Russell T Davies got an OBE for his efforts and the vocal minority were bemoaning the fact that their anti-hero was penning all the remaining episodes in Series 4, the great man served up a real treat with this one. A claustrophobic slice of hardcore sci-fi that, even the folk who love him didn’t think that he would deliver.  Who said he didn’t have it in him? Go on, hands up.  Other than the pre-credits sequence, when the Doctor asks both Donna and the viewer “What could possibly go wrong?”, and the unusually downbeat final scene, the rest of the episode took place inside the cabin of a tourist vehicle on the eponymous planet. Continue reading

“Partners in Crime” – Review: Redux

Donna “If you ever see a little blue box fly up there in the sky, you shout for me Gramps. Oh you just shout.”

Partners in Crime

Season premieres from year’s past have all been thematically similar.  Russell T Davies pens a tale that introduces the audience to the new dynamic of Doctor/Companion that serves to set the scene for what’s to come over the next 12 weekends with the story generally seeming of secondary importance to character.  In 2005, Rose kicked off the new era as the very first story (re)introducing us to the mythology of the show through the wide eyes of the eponymous, new TARDIS resident.  2006 gave us what is turning out to be the most atypical outing for an “episode 1″ in New Earth because The Christmas Invasion had already explored the formative relationship between the tenth Doctor and Rose.  As a result, the return to the year 5 billion and the body swapping shenanigans seemed more fitting for something other than the premiere episode.  Last year, Smith and Jones delivered a bolder introductory format for Martha’s arrival as the fears of casting a relatively unknown actor to fill Billie Piper’s boots were seen to be largely unfounded. Continue reading

“Doomsday” – Review: Redux

Rose “I… I love you”

Doctor “Quite right too”


The plot here is, on the surface, a little lightweight, with essentially just the Daleks and Cybermen slugging it out for world domination while humanity and the Doctor are caught in the crossfire. However, the depth of the story comes from the various interactions, combining action sequences deftly with scenes of emotional depth, all under the steady directorial hand of Graeme Harper. These scenes are some of the truly memorable ones from the 2005-2013 period of the show. For example, as the two foes size one another up there are some wonderful (some might say wonderfully silly) exchanges: to wit, during their first on-screen tete-a-tete, the Dalek simply dismisses the Cybermen with “This is not war. It is pest control“. (Of course, those in the know will realise that this is just a matter of Nick Briggs talking to himself because he provides the voices for both of them). I have heard that a meeting between the Doctor’s two biggest foes was originally proposed way back in the sixties, so it is something of a surprise that it took this long to materialise. Some may say that it is even more surprising therefore, that the battle, when it did come, was so heavily one-sided in favour of the Daleks. Continue reading