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2.0 out of 5 stars Bring on Smith and Moffat, 15 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who - Winter Specials 2009 - Waters of Mars and The End of Time [DVD] (DVD)
Apart from the doctor's last episode being long and drawn out, ending with James Bond popping up for a few minutes before waving an angry metallic hand and vanishing pathetically AND a brilliant concept thriving with comic and dramatic potential (everyone on Earth becoming the Master) being disappointingly unfulfilled, the episode marked an important turning point in the future writing of Doctor Who. Good bye David Tennant. Good bye writing that has become too over-the-top and shouty and HELLO more chills as thrilling as The Empty Child, leaving you as petrified as The Girl in The Fireplace or the prisoners of The Library. Don't Blink. Series 5 is going to be great.

Ironically Russell T. leaves his place as the head writer of Doctor Who by nicking an idea from the head writer-to-be Moffat. Am I the only one so unhealthily Doctor Who minded to notice that the idea of having a piece of medical equipment that re-wrote a large number of people's DNA in an attempt to heal them, holds strong similarities to the unforgettable Empty Child episodes of the first series?

The unoriginal end, stuffed with too many villains and a superfluous plonking of a planet into Earth's atmosphere (so we could oooh and aaah supposedly) didn't so much as disappoint, but left me longing for Moffat and wanting more of Matt. The teaser for the series caused copious amounts of drooling... leaving me resembling a possessed water thing from Mars- the scariest beasties drawn from Davies' brain- and what he should be remembered for... That... and the ingenuity of facing the Daleks against the Cybermen:

Dalek: You are superior to us in only one respect...
Cyberman: What is that?
Dalek: You are better at dying.

Brilliant... But bring on spring!
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2010 23:35:19 GMT
he didn't nick any idea from Moffat.
Both of them have said that the idea for The End of Time has been around since 2005....

Posted on 17 Jan 2010 23:36:18 GMT
When Davies wrote the first episode he also came up with the plot for the end of time.
Meant to make it clearere :)

Posted on 22 Jan 2010 17:27:25 GMT
Russell has had the idea for years, since the first series. He's just kept it secret on his laptop or something, well that's what I would do.
Anyway I thought this review would be as interesting as the title kind of suggests. I myself are looking forward to the new take (kind of) on Doctor Who in Spring. I'll be looking forward to Moffett as the head writer. I think Russell was good to start off with but then his stories didn't seem to be as exciting enough. The first and second series were awsome, series 3 was ok, series 4 was really good and the specials were ok. I thought they would all be like a long story line episode thingy, like the classical ones instead of the stand alone episodes. But at least they were all connected in a way. It's sad and a relief to see Russell go (don't really care about Tennant leaving cause The Doctor has to regenerate one day and I'm used to it) and exciting to see Moffett take over as he did write the best episodes

Posted on 27 Jan 2010 11:28:30 GMT
Trigger says:
Yeah, a good review that I very much agree with. I too think the main plot with the Master and the Timelords was totally undercooked (the Master turning all humans into himself -- pur-lease! And how exactly did the Timelords return -- as per usual RTD glosses over the details so we can't scrutinise too closely how flawed the plot really is!) and, although I've loved Tennant as the Doctor, his ending was just a little too drawn-out and indulgent.

I also agree with your comments on the Daleks vs. the Cybermen - I loved the way the Daleks were smack-talking them! :)
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