I actually really like that happy babbly scene at the beginning of "The End of Time" because it's so transparent that the Doctor is only doing that superficially as an extremely nervous response.
I'm not sold on the idea that the scene was written with that intention. I can believe Tennant chose to play it that way, but with the writing we've been given recently, it just feels like 'well, have to have babbly Doctor to start things off.' (tick!)
I absolutely think that's the way Tennant's playing it - you can see it in the body language. It's more evasive, and even more 10th Doctory than usual.
...and, as I said in the comment below, according to the commentary his reluctance to go there is an entirely deliberate attempt to spotlight the tenth Doctor's character flaws. He's trying to laugh in the face of destiny, and not really succeeding...
It is definitely one of the few parts of the episode I feel really works.
You might want to listen to the End of Time Pt 1 commentary -- RTD talks at some length about how that scene was written to show the Doctor's... he hesitates to use the word arrogance, but possibly selfishness, in not wanting to face the summons and go to his death. And he points out that it's the fact that he delayed -- as underlined by the Ood saying he shouldn't have -- which means that he's therefore one step behind the Master's resurrection rather than ahead of it, and therefore brings about the whole mess.
In other words, it's a classic tragic-hero routine, where his character flaw brings about his own destruction.
I really wanted to slap
The Doctor RTD by the end of Waters of Mars. I don't like the way Ten has been taken either.
Agreed. I can't think of any other Doctor Who story where I've hated the ending that much, even in the Colin Baker days.
It wasn't RTD's characterisation of the Doctor that infuriated me, or the mysterious sudden appearance of the Ood, so much as Brooke's suicide, which struck me as completely out of character for her (and also left me wondering why settlers on an otherwise uninhabited planet would carry sidearms). Up until that point, I'd quite liked the episode, but I thought of three better endings by the time the credits had finished.
I thought it was very much in character. She's built up fairly early on as being capable of making the hard decisions, as "doing whatever it takes" and capable of sacrifice.
And when she knows that her continued survival threatens the future history of the human race, it's exactly what she does.
Maybe I blinked at the wrong moment and missed something, and I don't have a copy of the ep to hand... but it didn't seem to me that her being found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot in a London apartment would have the same sort of inspirational effect as her being martyred in a tragically heroic mission to Mars.
The alternate endings that occurred to me while the end credits were still rolling were:
1. The three he rescues become the next companions.
2. He takes them to some place where they'll be safe, but won't screw up the timeline.
2a. (my favourite) He takes them to the extrasolar planet where Brooke's grand-daughter will land, re-uniting her with her family.
3. Brooke realizes that leaving her corpse for her family to find is not going to inspire anyone to explore the universe - quite the contrary. Instead, she arranges for herself, Mia and Yuri to disappear (or, alternatively, shoots them and disposes of their bodies before committing suicide in a manner that won't leave an identifiable corpse).
3a. Realizing that the Doctor has gone power-mad, she shoots him first, to prevent him fouling up time any further.
4 (which I thought of later). Not exactly a changed ending: something earlier in the episode to indicate that Brooke needed to leave Earth for reasons of her own, and her despair at being returned there led her to commit suicide. (One possibility was that her heart was no longer able to cope with 1 gravity: I know this is asking a bit much of scientifically semi-literate tv, but I was also annoyed that everyone adapted instantly to Earth gravity after a year on Mars. And don't try to tell me they'd bother putting artificial gravity in the colony.)
5 (which I thought of just now). She uses the gun to force the Doctor, Yuri and Mia back into the TARDIS, and makes the Doctor think for a moment about the consequences of his actions.
It's like RTD is having a mid life crisis he wants to see played out on screen. The fact that he has changed the Doctor so quickly bothers me. The Doctor has never been worried about human conquests, he loves Rose and didn't even go there with her.
If Gallifrey comes back, I just might cry. Not looking forward to The End of Time, I just keep telling myself Ten2 will become 11 and Rose will live happily with Ten. *Im happy in my denial bubble!*
2009-12-18 10:07 am (UTC)
I preferred Eccleston all the way, and was very sad to see him go. David Tennant has had his moments, but, really as a whole I really really love Eccleston.
Why? He just pulls it off better - see the episodes with the little kid asking where his mummy is. (Ironically with a not too dissimilar flavour to the plot to GIJoe did anyone notice?)
I have a sample of Eccleston in an Orbital song, You Lot, where his rant always, always reminds me of the Doctor - I also think he did a similar rant in the doctor series although the sample was actually taken from a moive.
Anyway, point of my ramble is - yay Eccleston Doctor Who!
BTW that was me.
I am seriously not ananymous or a number...
Actually I am a number aren't? Grins...