Meh. A let-down.
I’m getting very, very tired of Russell T. Davies’ propensity for writing Who finales that feature a deus ex machina ending, where there are some pretty lights, some howling wind, and *bam* — the big re-set button has been clicked. Everything is back to normal! How? It was MAGIC!
The Master’s plan made no sense — I’m using the future humans to destroy the past humans, and make them build rockets so I can….start a new Time Lord empire? How, exactly? Doesn’t matter! It’s MAGIC!
The Doctor changing into Dobby the fucking House-elf was completely without purpose, other than to show off the CGI (complete with little CGI pinstripe-y suit)….and perhaps to lay the groundwork for the theory that Jack could somehow age into a giant, obviously non-human head (as the Face of Boe). How, exactly? Doesn’t matter! It’s MAGIC!
The Doctor biding his time for a year, to attune himself to the telepathic field generated by the Archangel satellites was nifty, as was the plan for Martha to seed the instruction of a unified thought across the Earth. Two problems, however — how did he know that The Master was going to be planning a countdown in a year’s time for him to use as a trigger for the thought….and how does a bunch of humans thinking “Doctor” result in him being suffused with special-effects light, transformed back from being a House-elf, and given Jedi powers? Doesn’t matter! It’s (literally) MAGIC! (As
I actually liked Simm’s Master more in this episode — especially his stubborn refusal to regenerate, so that he breaks the Doctor’s heart, and announces “well, look at that. I’ve won,” before dying. Nice.
Not so sure about the “Flash Gordon” bit, where a female hand picks up
Ming the Merciless The Master’s (previously un-established) ring from the ashes. Speculations abound among the fans — was it The Rani? Apparently (according to the wikipedia entry), in the podcast commentary for the episode, RTD “jokingly refers to it as “the hand of the Rani”, and also states that they will not be picking up on that scene next year — he just put it in there to give any future production teams something to use if they want to bring back the Master.”
Then we get Martha’s exit. As the BBC announced this morning, she will appear in three episodes of the upcoming series of Torchwood, and also appear in the last half of the next season of Doctor Who, as a guest star. They’ll be giving the Doctor a new companion, who they’ll be announcing sometime soon. Maybe this time they’ll come up with a character who *isn’t* desperately pining away for him.
I’m pretty glad to see Martha go, actually — her first appearance was her best: confident, capable, smart. A woman on the verge of becoming a doctor. That lasted precisely one episode, before they shifted into standard companion mode — panicking, needing rescue….and then they decided to give her an unrequited love of the Doctor, and a complex about Rose. Yuck. Badly handled, all around.
In the plus column, though — Freema on Torchwood…..possible sex scene? A man can hope.
Then we have the end-of-series cliffhanger, with the Titanic crashing through the wall of the supposedly-inpenetrable TARDIS. “What?” Indeed.
All in all, a good series — though episodes like the Human Nature two-parter and Blink were so amazingly well-done that they made other episodes, which were merely pedestrian, seem actually *bad* by comparison. I remind myself, though, that as a fan, I am ecstatic to have even “bad” episodes to talk about, having lived through the Long Night When There Was No Doctor Who.