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Can’t wait ’til this weekend, so here’s my thoughts on The End of Time Part One. Click on the button below only if you’ve seen it, or don’t mind knowing. Also a wacky speculation or two.
Review with spoilers
The Master returns: No surprise, either, if you followed any of the pre-release press. The resurrection? I wish they’d explained it better.
Super-Master: So now the Master can fly and shoot energy bolts from his hands?! The obsessive eating I can take, since his resurrection was screwed up. But did that give him the extra abilities too? They were so unnecessary. And it demeaned one of the Master’s defining traits, his intellect. Now he can leap around and blast things like a cut-rate comic book villain. Sigh.
Wilf: Nice to see him back. I’m wondering about the whole him-and-the-Doctor coincidence thing. I hope it’s not some cheesy explanation.
Donna: So great to see her back. Though things don’t look good for her.
The mysterious woman in white: That only Wilf can see. Much speculation on that. Oh, oh, I had a thought. Maybe it’s Donna. You know, she’s half Time Lord now. And she’s remembering, so her brain’s burning up. Perhaps she’ll regenerate. Could the woman in white be like her version of the Watcher, then? Loved the bit with the TARDIS in the stained glass, nice touch.
The Master Race: OK, this was a clever Master-like scheme, but he fell into it. Again, too much of the coincidence. Wilf didn’t change, because he was in the isolation chamber. Donna didn’t change because she’s only half-human. I wonder if any other friends of the Doctor are might have escaped transformation. I could see maybe Mr. Smith protecting Sarah Jane and friends.
The Time Lords return: I’ve been waiting for this. Somehow, I never thought they’d be gone forever. I mean, the Doctor thought he’d wiped out the Daleks along with the Time Lords, and the Daleks kept turning up. So why not the Time Lords? The implication now seems to be that Gallifrey survived. But if so, how and where? Yeah, we’ll find out in a few days, but I feel like speculating now. The planet could have been phase and/or time shifted, or put in a pocket dimension or some such. Goodness knows there’s any number of potential technobabble explanations. The question for me is, why now? They could have stopped the Master before during The Year That Never Was, or the Daleks when they tried to destroy the freaking multiverse. Maybe, just maybe, they were waiting for the Doctor to completely finish off the Daleks, which he seemed to do after the whole reality bomb affair. Perhaps they needed a major jog in the timelines too. The Master essentially eliminating the human race in the 21st century, thus obviating all subsequent history, may have been the kick in the pants they needed.
We shall see. Soon, we shall see.