Donna is gone. David Tennant’s Doctor is coming to the end of his run. 2009 was a heartbreaking year for fans and we didn’t know what was to come next. Join us in revisiting the last 4 stories of the Tenth Doctor’s era.
RP: 3 – One of the Christmas clunkers. The David Morrissey mystery really only worked in the original context it was broadcast, and not even very well then. A very poor outing for the Cybermen, with the silly Cyber King, and the Shades could have been great if they had been more imaginative with the visuals (or maybe had a bit more money to spend on them). Jackson’s idea of the Doctor is oddly reflective of the largely media-invented stereotype of Doctor Who, which is a bit odd.
ML: 8 – I find this an immensely fun story that works brilliantly as a mystery with the potential of the Eleventh Doctor being revealed ahead of time. The Cyber-story, while at the heart of the episode, does drag the story down, but the interaction between Tennant and Morrissey shoots it right back up. I do consider this an above average episode but maybe not at the upper end of the scale. I had to delete a point because of the stupidity of the Cyber King.
RP: 5 – Only the amount of money thrown at this and the location filming makes it feel like a “special” as such. The script itself is more of a mid-season filler effort. The guest characters are mostly forgettable or walking stereotypes like Christina. It has its moments and is obviously visually stunning, but really this is the definition of the middle of the road, despite being instead the middle of the desert.
ML: 7 – Also above average, again largely because of the characters but not quite as good as the previous story. Malcolm and Christina are great, but the bus through a wormhole and the fly-headed creatures on San Helios were just not “all that”. Plus I hate when the Doctor is written with that disdain for the military. He doesn’t need to like the military to be respectful; he is our hero after all. (But I loved the name of the planet!)
RP: 10 – Only Doctor Who could make water terrifying. One of the best base-under-siege stories ever made, with a funny robot as an added bonus, and a shocking ending that questions the very nature of the Doctor and what he does.
ML: 10 – In a word: powerful. Tennant is amazing in this base-under-siege story and it is utterly terrifying. Great cast, fun robot, terrifying monster, fantastic episode, incredible ending.
RP: 9 – The Master is back, and he’s come back wrong. I’m not sure the Time Lords should ever have been brought back, but if you’re going to do it then this is how. Wilf knocking and the Doctor’s reaction to it is one of Doctor Who’s greatest moments, and the Doctor’s “reward” is a lovely build-up to the regeneration. A great conclusion to one of the greatest ever eras of Doctor Who.
ML: 8 – Be glad we are not reviewing this in two parts. Part one is so abysmally weak that it can only drag the whole down. Luckily the second half is so impressive specifically with Wilf and the regeneration scene, not to mention a beautiful tying up of character arcs from an entire era… I have to bring this into an overall above average score. But the first half does hinder it reaching the higher end of the spectrum. (Although Rassilon, played by Timothy Dalton, was an awesome surprise!)
Well, I didn’t want him to go but David Tennant regenerates to a gloriously beautiful peace of music and we are introduced to Matt Smith as his spits all over the TARDIS console. Perhaps an odd start but based on his first minute, he sure looked like fun. I don’t know if anyone could recapture the magic that Tennant brought to the role, but magic comes in many forms… ML