Hi my fellow whovians, this is my last review of Christmas, a bit late. But In the meantime I had a wonderful Christmas dinner (which I cooked myself) got some nice gifts and gave some nice gifts away, watched the latest Christmas episode (god, still buzzing on the couch right now, keep a look out for that review and watch it again, we have to wait till April next year for another new episode, Damn you Moffat!!!) and now I’m settled on the couch with my cat, comfy clothes, a cold beer, tissues, a plush adipose to keep me company and chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.
Do I have to say it again? Yes? Ok, this review contains spoilers my sweeties.
We ended the previous episode with a big surprise, the Time Lords are back and now we are taken to see the remains of the broken planet of Gallifrey, scattered in Dalek ships. On the last day of the Time War the remaining Time Lords gather, asking for the Doctor and something he has in his possession ‘the moment’ because they have foreseen him destroying Dalek and Gallifrey alike. Lord President will not die today and will do everything in his power to stop himself of dying. The key to surviving are the Doctor, the Master and Earth…
Back in the Naismith layer, The Doctor and Wilf are captured by the Master and the other Masters turn over the power to the original Master. And someone rings Wilf. But that can’t be, everyone is the Master, except Donna. The Masters locate her and Donna is still remembering until she bursts with energy and faints. The Doctor explains it’s just a defense mechanism. And he still wants to save the Master, trying to convince him, plead with him, although I suspect he somehow knows the Master doesn’t accept his offer.
The Master: Tell me, where’s your Tardis?
The Doctor: You could be so wonderful.
The Master: Where is it?
The Doctor: You’re a genius. You’re stone cold brilliant; you are, I swear, you really are. But you could be so much more. You could be beautiful. With a mind like that, we could travel the stars. It would be my honor. Because you don’t need to own the universe, just see it. Have the privilege of seeing the whole of time and space. That’s ownership enough.
The Master: Would it stop then? The noise in my head.
The Doctor: I can help.
The Master: I don’t know what I’d be without that noise.
The Doctor: I wonder what I’d be without you.
The Master: Yeah.
The Master takes us back to his childhood and how he became how he is now. The origin of the beat of the drums, a rhythm of four, the heartbeat of a Time Lord…
The Master still wants the Tardis and tries to compel the Doctor by threatening to kill Wilf, and the master is still bone death stupid:
The Doctor: You’ve got 6 billion pairs of eyes, and you still can’t see the obvious, can you?
The Master: What?
The Doctor: That guard is one inch too tall.
Cacti to the rescue (that’s racist! I know but it such a fun nickname. They rescue Wilf and the Doctor, although keeping him in his wheelie chair thingy, NOT THE STAIRS!!! Yep indeed worst rescue ever. They beam up to the salvage ship of the Cacti, while when the Doctor gets out, destroys the controls. And sweet old Wilf is still a bit dazzled about being in space. Every Master is searching for the Cacti ship (oh I do love to say Cacti) but can’t find it and the Doctor, the Doctor looks defeated, at last.
The Masters are trying to find the signal of the drums and all 6 billion of them tune into it. Turns out the Time-Lords are behind this and they try to establish a permanent link trough time and space with Earth to escape the Time War and death itself. Wilf is wandering through the Cacti ship and runs into the mystery woman again. She tells him that the Doctor needs to arm himself, Wilf brought his old gun with him, from the war, but also tells the woman that the Doctor doesn’t do guns (well that’s a bit debatable) The Doctor and Wilf talk again, over what happened and the war Wilf was in. The Doctor taking all the blame on himself, seeing humanity as giants. Wilf wants to hand the doctor the gun. But he doesn’t take it, and we get another beautiful and sentimental piece:
The Doctor: I’d be proud.
Wilfred Mott: Of what?
The Doctor: If you were my dad.
Wilfred Mott: Come on, don’t start. But you said, you were told that he would knock four times, and then you die. Well, that’s him, isn’t it? The Master, that noise in his head. The Master is going to kill you.
The Doctor: Yeah.
Wilfred Mott: Then kill him first.
The Doctor: That’s how the Master started. It’s not like I’m an innocent. I’ve taken lives. And I got worse, I got clever. Manipulated people into taking their own. Sometimes I think a Time lord lives too long. I can’t. I just can’t.
Wilfred Mott: If The Master dies, what happens to all the people?
The Doctor: I don’t know.
Wilfred Mott: Doctor, what happens?
The Doctor: The template snaps.
Wilfred Mott: Will they go back to being human, they’re alive and human? Then don’t you dare, sir, don’t you dare put him before them. Now you take this, that’s an order, Doctor. You take the gun; you take the gun and save your life. And please don’t die; you’re the most wonderful man on earth! I don’t want you to die!
The Doctor: Never
The Master broadcasts his message, about finding the white point star diamond. The Time Lords are returning and the Doctor finally accepts the gun, running of. The Masters open a pathway to bring back Gallifrey, to bring home the Time-Lords. And Gallifrey rises.
Turns out the Time-lords aren’t that wonderful, and the doctor unfrazzels the asteroid lasers on the salvage ships, giving Wilf orders to return to one last battle and manning one of the lasers. The Cacti don’t want the doctor moving the ship, like that’s gonna help:
The Doctor: There’s an old Earth saying, Captain. A phrase of great power and wisdom and consolation to the soul in times of need.
Addams: What’s that then?
The Doctor: [shouts] Allons-y!
The Masters launch the earth’s missiles on the ship while Wilf and one of the Cacti start shooting at them (Hello Star Wars reference). Back at the Time Lords, we find out that the mystery woman is a Time-Lord herself, an angel of old. And the Doctor is steering the ship towards the Naismith mansion and the Time-Lords are closing in. The Doctor jumps out of the ship into the mansion but didn’t think this plan really trough. Although he’s a lot sturdier then a human being, he looks pretty broken when he makes contact with the floor and is confronted by the Lord President. We also learn the final plan of the Master; he wants to transport himself into every Time Lord, big whoops. But they came prepared and all humans are turned back to themselves again.
Turns out not only the Time-Lords are returning but the whole of Gallifrey as a planet. Now that can’t be good. Wilf is back in the mansion and the Cacti run like hell, seems like a smart move, now earth is about to be knock out of orbit. Only Wilf is brave enough to run towards the doctor, saving one of the scientists in the radiation room, locking himself in. The Doctor tries to explain to the Master what he’s done. Destroying everything in its way and we learn why the Doctor destroyed his race. Why he had to make that sacrifice. While the Lord President wants to kill the Master, the Doctor pulls out his gun, first pointing towards the Lord President and then the Master. You see him thinking, doubting, gathering courage to do what needs to be done, switching between the Master and the Lord President. Is the Doctor strong enough to do what needs to be done, can he make that sacrifice. And he does shoot, but not the obvious choice, he shoots the machine control.
And the Master, the Master saves the Doctor, he doesn’t die, he doesn’t fulfill the prophecy! Gallifrey returns back and the doctor lives, he’s alive!
Four knocks sounds and then it hits the doctor, it’s not over yet. And he hates Wilf for a second, you see him being defeated yet again, but this time it’s final. So much emotion in a split second. Wilf is still in the radiation chamber and the doctor explains that it’s gonna be blasted with radiation any second now. For a moment the Doctor wants to keep Wilf in there, but he can’t. He can’t let someone else sacrifice himself for him. And the Doctor breaks, angry, crying, shouting out to the universe and it isn’t fair. But he still can’t let him die. Because that it who the doctor is. In that moment we see inside his hearts, his deepest regrets and highest moments and Wilf realizes what he is about to do. The Doctor sacrificing himself for Wilfred, dying in the process to do so, the most antagonizing moment to watch him in such pain.
But he walks out of the radiation chamber, “oh now it opens.” And instantly the doctor is healed. But it’s not healing, it’s regenerating. And Wilf just hugs him, because, what can you say in a moment like that, to a man like that. Knowing what he just did.
Donna is still unconscious on the couch, and she wakes up to the sound of the Tardis arriving. And yet again she missed everything… again. The Doctor promises to see Wilf again, leaving him, saying he’s going to get his reward.
He is saying goodbye to his loved ones. The saddest song playing.
Martha and Mickey, rescuing them from a Sontaran sniper. And wait what. What. what? They are married! Never saw that one coming.
Luke and Sarah Jane Smith, while saving Luke from a car, running him almost down.
Captain Jack Harkness, not saving him but hooking him up with none other than Midshipman Frame
Verity Newman, the great granddaughter of Joan Redfern, while she is signing her book ‘a Journal of impossible things.’
Donna, at her wedding, this time she got to say yes. And Wilf, leaving a present for Donna, a lottery ticket, bought by a pound coin, given to him by Donna’s dad, Sylvia Nobles husband.
And then I broke down in tears…
Finally a goodbye to the girl where it all began… Rose.
The doctor tries to get back to the tardis but collapses, Ood Sigma appears, telling him the whole universe will sing him to his sleep. The Doctor all but drags himself back into the tardis. Ood Sigma tells him, “This song is ending, but the story never ends.”
Oh god, I can’t, not anymore, please, this is just the saddest thing ever. I don’t want to watch that ending again. The reason I’ve been postponing this.
Back in his Tardis the Doctor finally starts to regenerate, still trying to fight it, taking the Tardis into outer space, not wanting to give in, not wanting to give up. Those famous last words
I don’t want to go
He almost destroys the Tardis in the process and he turns into the 11th doctor, the Tardis is crashing and falling back to earth.
It is so hard to explain why these two episodes are the greatest episodes out of the Doctor Who new series. Well, why I think they are. It’s the ending of an era, the last piece of David Tennant, the ultimate climax, the big bang. Building up to it. Seeing the Time Lords, the Master, so much emotion, happy and sad, angry and funny. Saying goodbye to all the wonderful friends he made as the 10th Doctor, knowing that the universe still loves him, even though he feels betrayed by it. It’s hard to bring it into words, it’s a feeling you have. In my opinion it shows the Doctor, period. The best acting of David Tennant. And I do feel that the last couple of minutes, after the most heartbreaking ending ever, are diminishing that ending. They should have stopped at I don’t want to go. They should have stopped at his regeneration and the destruction of the tardis.
If you haven’t seen this episode yet, do so. And let me know your thoughts about it.
There is one last thing for me to say to you, after this review. Only one word fitting enough to end this: