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The End of Time [Dec. 27th, 2009|12:23 am]
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Given that once it was downloaded I wasn't desperate to watch it immediately, you should have some idea of just how low I had set the bar. So I had seriously low expectations...

And I was still disappointed.

It really is a mess. It has moments and elements that I liked, but they are all too brief and mostly come at the end. I really hoped RTD would return to form and give us something approaching the levels of Rose, The End of the World, Parting of the Ways or Doomsday. Either a simple, well realised story, or a proper, amazing finale.

Not even close. If I had seen any of those episodes and then you'd shown me this one, and I didn't know it was written by the same man, I would never have believed it.

He's got a hell of a lot of ground to make up with part 2. I don't think he's going to, but I'd genuinely like to be posting this time next week saying that it was not only a fabulous send off to the Tenth Doctor, but an amazing and brilliant send off to Russell and his team.

2/10



Any comments to this post are likely to contain massive spoilers, so please be warned.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2009-12-26 02:59 pm (UTC)
I started off hating it immensely, then liking it quite a bit in the middle - when the Doctor and the Master got to have a conversation for a minute - and then by the end it was completely and totally silly.

To be honest the entire episode, once finished, felt entirely like padding to build up to the events of next week's ep.
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[User Picture]From: vegetus
2009-12-26 03:29 pm (UTC)
You seem to have gotten some spam...

But regarding the ep-
Wilf is cool.
Cafe conversation is cool.
I liked the spikey green aliens.
John Simm on a leash!

nevryn said I had to add an exclamation mark to the end of the last point.
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[User Picture]From: capnoblivious
2009-12-26 04:45 pm (UTC)
I was put in mind of your comment about the difference between effects serving a story and the effects just being there. Which is to say, I'm not sure why the Master needed to be a leaping, zapping, scoffing, babbling superhero goon rather than, you know, a science-fiction mastermind-type villain.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-12-28 11:48 am (UTC)
When the Master zapped The Doctor in the chest, I actually yelled 'FINISH HIM!' at the screen...
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[User Picture]From: capnoblivious
2009-12-29 07:16 am (UTC)
Hee!
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[User Picture]From: mrs_roy
2009-12-26 10:36 pm (UTC)

RTD has lost it! I'm sure he will tie it all up, but I was not really impressed much, like you say had itsmoments, but eh, we shall see.
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From: gutter_monkey
2009-12-27 10:05 am (UTC)
Seeing as this was obviously the big ending with the return of Gallifrey that RTD has had in mind all along, it seemed a little under developed.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-12-28 11:47 am (UTC)
This episode has only given credience to my 'James Bond is a Time Lord' theory...
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