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A fitting end for the Tenth Doctor,
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Winter Specials 2009 - Waters of Mars and The End of Time [DVD] (DVD)
AT first I thought it an odd choice to release The Waters of Mars and The End of Time together, a all previous Specials (bar The Christmas Invasion) had their own stand-alone releases. I certainly wasn't prepared to pay twenty-odd quid for this set either. But thanks to Amazon, I can now enjoy yhese episodes all over again
The Waters of Mars- Disc 1
The Waters of Mars is probably up there with Planet of the Ood as the best Tenth Doctor story. Initially starting off quite light in tone, the story quickly darkens into a tale of the conflict in the Doctor's mind about whether or not he should change history. The Flood are some of the best monsters the series as done, which contribute significantly to the fear factor of this story. The crew are excellently portrayed by actors/acrresses of varying nationalities, particularly Lindsay Duncan as Adelaide who injects the character with a sense of toughness, and I wasn't expecting the character's suicide at the end. COmic relief is provided by the base's robot GADGET, who ultimately saves the day by piloting the TARDIS. The Tenth Doctor's descent into darkness is well handled, flashback scenes and a vision of Ood Sigma woven into slow mo shots of the Doctor giving off a nice effect.
The episode of Doctor Who Confidential is also presented in its entirety, giving a detailed account of various aspects of the production. I wonder if that girder will return again.....?
The End of Time Part 1-Disc 2
The first part of The End of Time is probably the oddest episode in the set. At times dark and at times funny, its sole purpose is to set up the Tenth Doctor's swansong, the Master's return, and the return of the Time Lords for the big climax in Part 2. The return of the Master is handled well, even if it is a bit cheesy, and the return of Wilfred Mott is genius, who else should acompany the Tenth Doctor on his final journey? The Master's plot is actually quite convincing, using alien technology to spread his genetic code throughout the human race, perfectly intertwined with one of the best cliffhangers ever, the Time Lords returning to initiate the end of time.
Once again the relevant Confidential episode is included in its entirety, giving a brief overview of the Master's appearances, which should delight any fan.
The End of Time Part 2- Disc 3
Part 2 of The End of Time is noticably different than part 1, with the characters set firmly in their places ready for the Tenth Doctor's final episode. I couldn't think of any better way to see the Tenth Doctor off than to see him forced once again into tragedy, forced to see his 'best enemy' presumably killed, and to have to kill his own species. The ensuing four knocks on that glass door and the sacrifice the Doctor makes is quite poignant, as is the ensuing 20 minute ending, allowing the Tenth Doctor to visit all his companions again before finally regenerating into Matt Smith. The final scene with the Eleventh Doctor is brilliant, perfectly capturing the essence of theperiod after regeneration, and setting the tone for The Eleventh Hour.
Once again, the relevant Confidential is included, detailing the regeneration, and showing how some of the effects were achieved.
Overall view of this set: 10/10