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The End Of An Era, With Some Superb Specials
on 3 October 2014
These are David Tennant's five final episodes as the 10th Doctor. They range from bad, to okay to very good. David Tennant has always been my favourite Doctor and I was sad to see him go at the end of "The End of Time, Part 2."
Here are my thoughts on all the five specials:
The Next Doctor - This is by far the worst of all Russell T Davies Christmas specials for Doctor Who. The concept is a good idea that is badly executed. It's not that great at all and surprisingly dull. I find it really boring. The Cybermen are okay but not very menacing. The acting is solid, but the episode itself is underwhelming. Grade: F (4.5/10)
Planet of the Dead - This is an improvement over "The Next Doctor", but it's still nothing spectacular. The character Christina is annoying and the plot is nothing "special." The story is basic and the episode lacks substance. David Tennant plays really well as the Doctor as he does in every episode he's been in. It is just not up to the standard you would expect. The ending is bad, it's contrived. Making the bus fly is silly and the characters on the bus are not well developed. Nearing the conclusion, someone who can predict things (we never knew how she was able to) says to the Doctor "he will knock four times." I liked that and it resonates into the next special, which is a vast improvement over this episode. There are some enjoyable moments and funny scenes but it's not that memorable at all. Grade: D- (6/10)
The Waters of Mars - This episode is very good. It's the darkest episode of Doctor Who I have ever seen and the real villain of the episode is the Doctor himself. It contains some very powerful scenes, creepy monsters and is highly thrilling. A few flaws are contained within it but this is a great special. I was so happy seeing this after the last two let-downs. Grade: B (8.5/10)
The End of Time, Part 1 - This is the best episode of the two-parter. John Simm plays brilliantly as the Master and some of the scenes are creepy. I like the emotional scene in the café, featuring the Doctor and Wilfred Mott. It's a very good set-up for Tennant's epic exit in part two. Grade: B (8.5/10)
The End of Time, Part 2 - This episode is very good as well. David Tennant's acting is phenomenal and I like how he says goodbye to his companions at the end before he regenerates. When David Tennant does regenerate into Matt Smith it will most likely leave a tear in your eye, especially if you have been watching the 10th Doctor all the way like me. The plot itself feels over the top in some places but it's the acting and emotion that makes this episode so wonderful. It's not as good as part 1, but still great. Grade: B- (8/10)
The Specials for Doctor Who is a good box set to collect, particularly if you are a fan of the show or Sci-Fi in general. I would get this set to own the great episodes "The Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time, Parts 1 and 2." I have thoroughly enjoyed the Russell T Davies era and I feel that some of the emotion which made these earlier stories so great is lost when Steven Moffat takes over as showrunner. I still like Matt Smith's era, but the RTD era is my favourite.