Doctor Who: The End of Time – A Cinema Static Review

by on January 5, 2010

in Entertainment, tv reviews

The Doctor Who: The End of Time was everything that I expected it to be.  It was also less and in the end, it was so much more.  The last 20 minutes was worth the entire ride.

The End of Time was the classic final showdown between the Doctor and The Master.

These sets of episodes, as you all know, were also the last we’ll see of David Tennant playing the good Doctor.

David Tennant as Doctor Who in The End of Time


The story was, what I’ve noticed, an atypical eclectic approach to a developing story as The Master awakens from his hiding spot.

The Doctor also realizes that his time is upon him, and yet there is hope that he could indeed survive what has been predicted as his death.  The confrontation is touching and confusing in how The Doctor wants to save The Master, despite how their confrontation goes.

And then there are the Time Lords themselves…  yes, they are back.

Yet The Doctor and The Master end up working in conjunction with each other to send the Time Lords packing back to where they came from.

But in the process, The Doctor has to save his friend and as a result, takes a fatal dose of radiation doing it.  The end is near.

Doctor Who - He knows he is changing

Up until this moment, we had the usual Doctor Who episode.  But yet it was different as we knew what was coming and that expectation layered the entire story into something tangible that connected everything together, to… The End of Time.

Doctor Who The End of Time - The old cast

The last 20 minutes were the most touching series of scenes as The Doctor, knowing that his version of who he is will die, visits people he’s known in his past.  Doctor Who saying goodbye in his own way.  Including saying goodbye, in his own way, to Capt Jack Harkness.  (Did Rose look weird, or odd?  Or was that just me?)

And in the end, when The Doctor realizes that ‘it’ is happening, he cries out that he doesn’t want to go.  And I swear, it felt like David Tennant was saying I don’t wan’t to leave this role.  He did decide this, but this scene was making it hard to remember that.

In the end, David Tennant regenerates into Matt Smith.  And for a fleeting moment, Matt Smith channels Tennant as he  does a self inventory to check to see if he’s a girl.  With a full head of hair, for a fleeting moment, he thought he did regenerate into a girl!

Matt Smith first scene as Doctor Who

But that was it.  I don’t like the look of the new guy, but that’s just my reaction to change.

Change into a new era of Doctor Who and sending a heartfelt thanks and farewell to David Tennant’s Doctor Who.  Undoubtedly the most popular Doctor of recent time.  Tennant’s take on Doctor Who will be missed sorely.

Thank you David.  Much luck to you.  And to Moffat and Smith, good luck to you too.  You have quite the hurdle to overcome with the installed fan base.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

KenB March 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I’m a bit late on this one; been watching the series recently and just caught up. Just wanted to chime in and say:

YES! Rose looked reeeaalllly strange! What was up with that?!?! I thought it was another actor at first.

DTfan April 14, 2010 at 10:18 am

LOL, Matt Smith has a playdough face.
Though, that’s not what I wanted to say.
I wanted to say that I’ll give him a chance, but I’m not going to like it. David Tennant was brilliance incarnate as the Doctor, so I’m not going to be pleased about it, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

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