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Old 12-07-2009, 05:13 PM   #76
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Already downloaded it, fucking fantastic. And perhaps Melon was just expressing enthusiasm to see the big climactic finale. I can't wait either.

Tennant is probably my second fav Doc, for what it's worth.
Yes, you're correct. The preview for "The End of Time" looks like it's going to be an amazing episode!

(And I'm really starting to think that Tennant is my favourite!)
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That episode pretty much showed off the best and worst of Russell T. Davies.

Yeah, cool reveal at the end, I guess. I'll reserve final judgement until the next episode.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:14 PM   #79
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That episode pretty much showed off the best and worst of Russell T. Davies.
By "worst," I presume you're referring to the myriad of Masters? Hah...I have to admit, of all the over-the-top moments I've shrugged off over the years, I've found that to be the most difficult one to swallow.
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Now that was a fun conclusion. Here's to the next series!
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Apparently David Tennant's Doctor was impervious to the instant regeneration that the others went through. He was able to stretch his out long enough to take a greatest hits tour first.

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Old 01-03-2010, 02:06 PM   #82
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Apparently David Tennant's Doctor was impervious to the instant regeneration that the others went through. He was able to stretch his out long enough to take a greatest hits tour first.

I'm fairly sure that this is less problematic than, say, Romana's regeneration sequence in "Destiny of the Daleks," where not only does she regenerate for no apparent reason, but then does so multiple times before settling on her final appearance.

And while "Doctor Who" has always had a great deal of preposterousness about the whole thing, radiation poisoning is probably the one thing I could think of that could cause a prolonged regeneration sequence, considering the many examples in real life of people having been exposed to lethal doses of radiation and then not even falling ill--let alone dying--until several days later. I think what happened, ultimately, could be considered consistent with that.

Or, at the very least, we've been asked to suspend our disbelief much further in other episodes, both in the new and old series, so I'm not tremendously bothered by this.
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Yeah, you're right. It was just a bit OTT on Russell T. Davies' part. I mean, surely Tom Baker, having done the character for 7 years, could have claimed a similar epic departure. Instead, we got a simple fantastic regeneration scene with The Watcher and all the various companions and enemies swirling around his mind. Of course, Logopolis itself was just a fantastic, atmospheric episode, something I wouldn't say about The End of Time, which is probably most comparable to the final serial of Jon Pertwee and producer Barry Letts, who pulled out all the stops for Planet of the Spiders. But that was better as well.
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:09 PM   #84
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Yeah, you're right. It was just a bit OTT on Russell T. Davies' part. I mean, surely Tom Baker, having done the character for 7 years, could have claimed a similar epic departure. Instead, we got a simple fantastic regeneration scene with The Watcher and all the various companions and enemies swirling around his mind. Of course, Logopolis itself was just a fantastic, atmospheric episode, something I wouldn't say about The End of Time, which is probably most comparable to the final serial of Jon Pertwee and producer Barry Letts, who pulled out all the stops for Planet of the Spiders. But that was better as well.
Certainly, Tom Baker, of all the Doctors, should have had the most magnificent of regeneration sequences, and really, his isn't all that bad. But, by that metric, it's all the more interesting then that Peter Davison, who (I believe) had the shortest tenure to date, went out in real style. I also have an affinity for how Patrick Troughton "departed" (strictly speaking, we aren't shown his regeneration).

RTD's extended sequence, I imagine, is because we're ultimately bidding "farewell" to his entire universe, not just Tennant (although, while I'm fairly confident we're not going to see most of them again, I'm curious about Jack since "Torchwood" is supposedly continuing). Steven Moffat has additionally signalled that he sees his series tenure as more of a "reboot" than a continuation, and intends to call it "Series One" again.

I guess one can debate as to whether this extended sequence is more about "vanity" than a true farewell to everything, but I think a case can be made for the latter.
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Davison technically had the shortest tenure, yes. Hartnell was on for three seasons + two additional serials in Season Four, but was in a total of 28 stories compared to Davison's 20. Troughton was only on for slightly less than three seasons, but again had more total serials. And yes, Davison's finale is still arguably the best of of any Doctor's.

I really wish more had been made of the Torchwood/DW crossover. I understand that they couldn't put the family character of The Doctor on a risque show like TW, but Gwen & Jack should have been on DW more, instead of those weak cameos in The Stolen Earth/Journey's End. So I hope at some point Moffat brings back at least Jack at some point. Which would only be appropriate considering he first appeared in Moffat's Who debut anyway--The Empty Child.
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Gonna miss Tennant, he became my favorite of the Doctors - the ones I know anyway. Thought the ending episode was 7.5 / 10. I expected more, actually. Hopefully Moffat can continue his hot streak for a while.

Supposedly the Weeping Angels from Blink are coming back. Bring back Sally Sparrow!
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Unfortunately the actress who played Sally Sparrow, Carey Mulligan, is soon-to-be an Academy Award-nominee, or maybe even a winner.

Not sure if she's going to have room in her schedule for Doctor Who.

Here's a trailer for next season that shows the Angels:

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Well she better not forget her roots just cause she got some fancy statue. I'll follow her around calling her "Sally Sparrow" for the rest of her life if she disses The Doctor.
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Yeah, the finale was all a bit too overblown and convoluted for me. The 'reward' scene was incredibly self-indulgent but the ultimate regeneration was quite moving. I didn't like Tennant's last words though, the Doctor has always been pretty philosophical about changing into a new body. He's never actively tried to fight it before really, he's too old and wise for that. He knows it's all just part of the process.

Davision's finale was recently voted the greatest story of all time. I have to agree, End of Time was no Androzani, that had a palpable sense of finality about it and for once the regeneration felt like a genuinely traumatic ordeal. Moffat will have to go some to top it.
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I wouldn't underestimate Moffat's abilities to top anything. I'd put his Who episodes up with any of the classic series' best.

The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
The Girl in the Fireplace
Blink
Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead

That is one phenomenal run. The fact that he's writing SIX episodes this year is easily enough for it to contend for the greatest DW season ever.
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