I have just watched the final two episodes of David Tennant as Doctor Who, “The End Of Time” and what a brilliant finale for him. The first episode was a little muddled (but still fun) but the conclusion brought it all together with an overly sentimental postscript that would bring a tear to a glass eye. Even I had a tear or two trickling down my cheek as he bid farewell to each of his companions.
We got to see a glimpse of the new Doctor, Matt Smith, and he looks like he is going to be a very good Doctor when he has his proper debut in April. There is a trailer for the new series on the official site but in their infinite wisdom, the BBC have restricted it to UK residents only. They obviously don’t realise that www stands for world-wide web. Still, a quick search of You Tube will satisfy those of us from outside the ever-so-small borders of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The story itself was a cracker. As mentioned before, the first episode was muddled with a few too many story strands but with the unveiling of the Time Lords as a cliffhanger, the second episode got down to business. Older fans would be thrilled at the return of the Time Lords while newer fans would be excited to be finally seeing this oft mentioned ancient race. Timothy Dalton was very commanding as the Lord President but was he really Rassilon? I’m sure that conundrum will keep fans speculating as will the wonderful Claire Bloom as that mysterious woman. Some are already saying that she is the Doctor’s mother but a more likely explanation would be that she is the latest incarnation of Romana, the previous President, suitably bowed behind Rassilon.
Bernard Cribbins as Wilf, Donna’s grandfather, has been absolutely amazing in the show and he gets his share of the limelight as the Doctor’s companion in this final two-parter. Possibly the only travelling companion who doesn’t get to snog the Doctor, although towards the end, he does blow a kiss at the Doctor when he thinks no one is watching.
Jacqueline King as Sylvia, Donna’s mother, is a brilliant but under-rated actress. She really shone in an earlier story “Turn Left” but the look of pure emotion on her face when she realises that the Doctor has been back to meet her deceased husband is simply magic.
Am I alone in thinking that the circumstances of reappearance of Midshipman Frame (Russell Tovey) is no simple coincidence? The set up seems to be for a new love for Captain Jack after the death of Ianto in Torchwood so don’t be surprised if he is announced as joining the cast for the next series of Torchwood. The more I think about it, the more of a good idea it becomes.
This was also the final hurrah for Russell T Davies, executive producer and head writer for the show. That man is a genius. He reinvented the show after a 16 year hiatus and returned it to its former iconic glory plus some. I would love to meet him, just to say thank you not just for Doctor Who but also for the brilliant show Queer As Folk that he created and wrote.
Although it is sad to see David and Russell leaving the show, at least they are doing it on a high. I am excited about what is to come. Matt Smith is a very good actor and has that quirky quality about him, an essential characteristic of the Doctor. Steven Moffatt, the new executive producer and head writer, is a man passionate about the show who has already written some of the best episodes in the show’s history. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.