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Did anyone else find the second half disappointing, or was it just me? It could have been so much better. In some ways, I felt as cheated as I did at the 6th-to-7th Doctor “regeneration”.
Review with spoilers
The Master Race: Rassilon undoes this, but why? If they’re going to “ascend”, what does it matter? It felt like it was done only so the humans could be shown running around screaming, reacting to the weird planet in their sky. Which is odd, since it’s not like this hasn’t happened before.
The Master: So the drums in the Master’s head were caused by the Time Lords. Which means everything he did was their fault. Can we say cop-out? He disappeared at the end. Did he survive? I hope not, ’cause he probably wouldn’t be a villain anymore. Gaaah!
The Vinvocci: They were fun, and I forgot about them, so their rescuing the Doctor was neat. But the whole thing on their spaceship felt like padding; it dragged on way too long.
The mysterious woman in white: We don’t know who she is, we don’t know why she appeared only to Wilf, or how she was able to do so. The implication is that she has some close personal connection to the Doctor. Most likely she’s supposed to be his mother, but she could as easily be his wife, or possibly even Susan’s mother. But we’ll never know, shall we.
Wilf: So he was the one to knock 4 times. Fine. And he kept meeting the Doctor b/c he would be responsible for his next regeneration? Not fine. Never happened before.
The Doctor: The Doctor falls through a glass window from God knows how high up, hits the floor, but that doesn’t cause him to regenerate?! Come on, Russell. At least this time, The Doctor himself saved the day, instead of one of his companions, as has happened at the end of nearly every season since the series came back. Which does rather demean the Doctor’s importance within the Whoniverse, to me, anyway. His sacrifice to save others, leading to regeneration, is typical, and the cause (energy/radiation overdose) has happened before. But his initial reaction to Wilf? I was shocked, it was so incredibly petty. Makes me almost glad he regenerated, if this is what the Doctor has come to. Much as I liked the idea of him visiting past companions, why has he never done this before? How could he hold off regenerating so long? Maybe it explains the violence of his regeneration when it finally happens. Out-of-universe, I’m sure it happened that way so Steven Moffatt would have a clean slate. I wasn’t moved nearly as much as I thought when he says before regenerating, “I don’t want to go.”
The Ood: Nice that they sang him to his rest, as it were.
The new Doctor: Not enough to tell. The preview clip I’ve seen for this coming season looks good, though.
Grade: C. And that’s being generous. There were bright spots, but they were more than counteracted by the buckets of technobabble, over-the-top dramatic histrionics, story self-indulgence and, more egregiously, tons of unexplained plot points. Honestly, I think it was the worst season end since the series has returned. David deserved a better send-off. I am looking forward to Steven’s reign on the show. After all, he wrote one of the best episodes ever.