The End of Time Part Two
Episode / February 8, 2016

Aired 01 January 2010 The first half of this epic two-part story spent a lot of time moving pieces about and setting up the board, and it’s up to ‘The End of Time Part Two’ to satisfactorily resolve those events while providing a worthy send-off for the David Tennant and Russell T Davies era as the Tenth Doctor must finally meet the fate he has been trying to hard to avoid. Beginning with the end, this is easily the most emotional regeneration sequence depicted so far. While it is never pleasant or easy to say goodbye to a lead, this is the first time that so much screen time has been devoted to the Doctor accepting and confronting the ramifications of his looming demise; these scenes are easily some of the strongest of the serial, allowing Tennant to explore a greater sense of melancholy than he is usually allowed. With this added time, the Doctor is also able to claim what he deems his reward- one final visit to several former companions, including a scene with Rose before she had ever met him. While undoubtedly a bit of ultimately unnecessary fan service, it does serve as a superbly remind the…

The End of Time Part One
Episode / February 8, 2016

Aired 25 December 2009 ‘The End of Time’, simply put, has a heavy burden of responsibility in that it not only has to provide a sterling swansong to one of the most popular Doctors in the long history of the programme, it also has to tie up all important dangling plot threads from the Russell T Davies era as it was announced that this serial would be his final as writer/producer after five unarguably successful years at the helm. Throughout this two-part epic, the Doctor is running from his destiny after claiming himself the Time Lord Victorious, aware that his death is imminent and confronting his flaws as much as his attributes as the spirits of key points in previous regeneration stories ‘The War Games,’ ‘Planet of the Spiders,’ ‘Logopolis,’ and ‘Castrovalva’ are all evoked. This is an unexpectedly dark tale, heeding no notice to the festive season in which it is set. Right from the start, the voiceover wastes no time in setting the scene, bringing the resurrected Master back into the fold. Ood Sigma then quickly explains that everyone on Earth is having bad dreams, but something even bigger than the Master is coming. In terms of exposition,…