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Doctor Who - The End Of Time 
1st-Jan-2010 10:39 pm
Seal of Rassilon
Spoilers for WasteEnd of Time, needless to say. And a little ranty too - be so advised.


Gallifrey Rises but only fleetingly...

Gah. Rather disappointed with The End Of Time. Not so much because it was actively awful - it was adequate. Rather, more for what it seemed to promise after the end of the first part: the return of the Time Lords promised to be epic, especially with Dalton's stirring speech. In the end, the whole thing was wrapped up in an almost incidental manner. Bah. Dalton was still brilliant though.

Still, a few thoughts:
  • The Doctor has long harangued the Time Lords for their non-intervention policy. They then decided to intervene and go to war with the Daleks. What a surprise: war changes people and the Doctor doesn't like that and thus feels at least partially justified in consigning Gallifrey to Hell. The words "cake" and "eat" immediately spring to mind.
  • A friend made the point at a panel at Redemption that maybe the reason the mythology of the Time War is so fascinating and compelling is precisely because details are vague and mysterious and to try to explore it more fully would destroy a lot of that. Kind of like the Clone Wars, really.


Doesn't stop me being irritated at the introduction and waste of a potentially epic storyline though.

Bah. Now looking forward to the reign of Grand Moff Stephen.
Comments 
2nd-Jan-2010 10:33 am (UTC)
Now looking forward to the reign of Grand Moff Stephen.

Yes, definitely. As one of my friends wrote about RTD - 'good work for bringing Who back, now fuck off and die in a hotel fire, kthxbye'.
2nd-Jan-2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh like it - or at least f off to do something I have no interest in...jumped off the sofa at Tim Dalton but kept expectations low as hey, RTD. Sad to say lived down to my expectations - if only they had left David Tennant to act. Have to admit to tears by the end - generated by a great actor, rather than a great ep. Trying to keep an open mind about Matt Smith but the first sighting makes me worry this will be Dr Who for the Twihards...
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