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2.0 out of 5 stars
Bring on Smith and Moffat, 15 Jan. 2010
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!