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A whimper rather than a bang.
on 27 September 2010
Three episodes of Dr Who, including the two-part 2009 Christmas special. Waters of Mars is quite entertaining, has that classic "base under seige" feel to it and has some impressive-looking imagery.
But to be honest this box-set isn't worth it unless you really want Waters of Mars. The End of Time two-parter involves the return of the Master, as well as having Gallifrey, the remaining Time Lords and various other returning characters thrown in. It's a complete mess. The early scenes show promise, but before long we're in a story which seems more like Superman battling an evil super-villain. The Master jumps high into the air, the Doctor can now fall an impossibly long way without so much as grazing himself, and the nonsense story involving Time Lords who are alive after all, Donna being able to remember her time with the Doctor without "her mind being destroyed" and so on just treat the audience like idiots. This is a two-parter about spectacle, not plot. Gallifrey almost colliding with the Earth and no serious effects as a result? Either the writers know nothing about physics or they think the viewers are as stupid and lazy as they obviously are. The "shape-altering virus" idea has been done before, and much better than this, in an earlier Dr Who story. The sentimental scenes involving Mr President and the ridiculously long-drawn-out, soapy finale belong in a bad US movie. There are some strong acting performances, true, but overall this is a total damp squib when you consider the brilliance of the three David Tennant series of Dr Who.