For what was trumped up and hyped to be a great finale, personally I thought this one failed, and quite miserably. It was just such a long goodbye that no offense to Tennant of course because I love him as an actor forever and ever until the end of time, but with this quite overdrawn episode, I just wanted him to die and regenerate already! Blinking heck!
I know I ought to be thankful to Russell T. Davies for renewing interest on Doctor Who but he really laid it on thick with this one. It was just a total mess, with way too many plotlines and like I said quite overlong. Forget about the Master and all the Timelords and Gallifrey planet taking over Earth but when the Doctor was revisiting his companions, it was a real letdown when he visited Donna (Catherine Tate), was that it? Why did they even bother? But I loved the bit when he went to the book signing and meets Joan Redfern’s (Jessica Hynes) granddaughter, and seeing Rose (Billie Piper) pre-companion days. But then when he went back to the TARDIS and said “I dont want to go” I almost lost it. Just get on with it already! Regenerate now!
I have to say the four knocks coming from Wilf (magnificently and endearingly played by Bernard Cribbins), was something that I definitely didnt see coming. I also thought that although Tennant was brilliant here, Cribbins was just as excellent. Then he regenerates! I was hoping for it to be cathartic that by the time it was all happening I have already lost the energy to feel sad that my Doctor is dying. Then that was it! He has regenerated! My geekiness came out again. We’ve got a new Doctor in Matt Smith! And he is going to be great I am sure; actually, I love him already. Spring wouldnt come soon enough that’s the thing!
Looking forward to an era of much better Who writing and this time with Steven Moffatt at the helm.
The End of Time Part 2- 3/5
After being on a high from last week’s The Stolen Earth, tonight’s episode of the Journey’s End pulled me down and repeatedly kicked me defenseless. Yes, and unashamedly, I am mourning the loss of Donna Noble, who in my opinion is the best companion this revived series has ever had. I suppose I am coming from the point of view of someone who didnt even once gave a chance to Catherine Tate until she grew on you as the series progressed. I thought it was rather cruel that the ultimate price she had to pay for being part human and part Doctor was to have the memories of the time she spent with the Doctor erased, as if it never happened. Just like that! Why, isn’t that just the height of meanness and cruelty?
Another disgruntled fan, Merboy from Dublin, whom I will quote here in full had this to say: What a disappointment leaving Donna with no memory of how “special” she was. Whats that all about? CT was fantastic in this series and to lift her character up out of suburbia and show her how important she was only to take all that away AND her memories of it was just cruel – to the character and to the audience. We know shes not reprising her role (don’t we?) so there is no chance of her “somehow remembering” in the future. It wouldn’t have stung so much if Donna had actually died, knowing what she knew and being who she was supposed to be. Cruel Cruel cruel!!
I really didn’t care anymore for the rest of the episode because I am still livid with disappointment so I’ll call a spade a spade. This episode, in my opinion is definitely the worst episode of the series. But well done to Catherine Tate for giving life to Donna Noble, you’ve done well and we’ll be seeing you at the theatre in Under the Blue Sky.
Journey’s End: 2/5
The last time I went gaga over a television series was way back in the 90′s, mostly American tv programmes such as Seinfeld and X-Files. Since these shows folded up (at least my love affair was only up to Season 5 of the X-Files cause after that I lost interest) I have never really loved any other tv show with such a passion, FRIENDS came close but not quite. Then I moved to the UK, and without wanting to bore you with the more intimate details, I fell in love with Doctor Who since seeing the last X’mas special, The Voyage of the Damned last year, and the rest if I may say so, is travelling back in time, ehr history.
Plot: The Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna (Catherine Tate) independent of each other infiltrate, by not so cunning and near identical means, a company called Adipose Industries. The company has successfully marketed a slimming pill to over a million Londoners and both suspect that there is more to it than meets the eye. Donna is investigating as she (rightly) believes that by seeking out unusual trouble she will attract the Doctor’s attention. She has regretted not taking up his offer of a few lifts in the Tardis and aims to put this right if she can.
The two soon discover the truth: that the Adipose are a race of creatures that breed using the fat of other life forms. Each evening those people who have been taking the pill miraculously lose a kilo in their sleep What they do not realize is that baby Adipose are being created from their fat and are making their way back to their Nanny’s HQ. The Nanny, made aware of the Doctor’s extra-terrestrial origins, decides to speed up the birth process and it is up to the Doctor and Donna to save a million Londoners from becoming the means of producing the next generation of Adipose. – Telewatcher.com
Having seen all the first episodes of all 4 seasons, I didn’t have a problem with this episode which was really the means of reintroducing Donna’s character. I even felt it was a tad better than the episodes Rose (Season 1), New Earth (Season 2) and Smith and Jones (Season 3). Performance wise it wasn’t much of a stretch for Tennant but it was Tate that quite amazed me. She is known for her comical skills more than anything else but in this episode or perhaps for the rest of the season she can draw out a good sense of emotion if necessary. One of my favorite scenes was when they finally see each other and they were trying to speak as if miming. But the most hysterical part was this clip at 4:20:
Oh one more thing, The Adiposeans are so cute!!! And Sarah Lancashire was lush.
Welcome back Doctor, and to your new companion Donna. You are worth the wait.
Partners in Crime: 3.5/5
If you live in the UK, you can still catch the episode at the BBC iPlayer for up to 7 days.
This is it! The wait is over!
The TARDIS will finally land and out comes the Doctor with a new companion, Donna Noble, played this time around by Catherine Tate.
3 DVD Boxsets later and come Saturday will be the start of the Doctor Who Season 4 on BBC One. It’s the first time I will be following the season and it’s really quite exciting. I still don’t own a telly mind, but bless the BBC for coming up with the iPlayer so I can still watch it albeit an hour after the telecast. So if you know my number don’t bother calling for I won’t answer, if you think you can do telepathy, believe me it ain’t gonna work.
Welcome back Doctor!
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