Doctor Who: Journey's End

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Well.

After watching it twice, I'm still not sure about this week's Series 4 finale Journey's End.

However, when it comes down to it, the resolution at the end is quite possibly the cruelest and most horrible fate that a has happened to a companion in the 45 years of the show.

Yes. It was worse than what happened to Katarina (being blasted out of an airlock), Adric (being eaten by dinosaurs), or maybe/maybe not companion Sarah Kingdom (disintegration).

Death would have been preferable.

*spoilers ahead*

There was a lot of bad craziness to like and a lot of silliness to just kind of not think about.

Unfortunately, as always, being a geek, we f'n suck the life out of everything and the more I started to think about the story the more I realized it all falls apart.

But hey... there are some fantastic moments of awesomeness and there are some moments of total retardedness all wrapped up in one package. And that's pretty much any given Russel T Davies script.

The Awesome

  • Davros recognizing Sarah Jane from her time on Skaro! These are the little touches that don't complicate watching the show for new people to Who yet thankfully acknowledge the continuity-laden past of this series.

  • The Children of Time = The Daleks! Damn Davros! Talk about nailing it! Davros' jabs at the Doctor about using his companions as "weapons" to do his dirty work while he himself doesn't actually get his hands dirty is pretty spot on.

  • The annoyingly shrill chanting of "Daleks are the masters of Earth! Daleks are the masters of Earth!" is the new "Daleks conquer and destroy! "Daleks conquer and destroy!"

  • Dalek Caan manipulating everything.

  • Dalek Caan not being effected by the gene weapon that destroys all the Daleks that were created by Davros since the Time War. I'm so glad they did not forget that Caan existed from the original Dalek race.

  • Six people piloting the TARDIS!

  • Perhaps the residual regeneration energy in the human Doctor can repair Rose's teeth.

  • I've hated Davros since I was first introduced to him but I'll give the new Davros this... he's well acted!

  • Will adding Martha Jones and Mickey to the cast of Torchwood make it suck less? I hope.

  • Donna's grandfather's dialogue at the end was beautiful

  • Of course Daleks speak German.
  • The small preview of the 2008 Christmas special gave me a chill. There was something awesome about the Cybermen walking in the snow that totally reminded me of the bits I've seen of The Tenth Planet

The Not So Awesome (sucking the fun out of a kid's series!)

  • Why do we constantly need to be reminded that Luke is 14?

  • Dalek Caan wanted to wipe out the Dalek race right? Well when he made his emergency temporal shift in Evolution of the Daleks he was the last Dalek!!! Suicide would have made more sense. Instead, he somehow saves Davros from the Time War, thereby recreating millions of Daleks, all to want them dead? Huh?

  • If poor Donna gets turned into a Time Lord Human but then almost burns out because a human can't handle Time Lord consciousness, what about the stupid human Doctor created at the same time? Why isn't he burning out? He's human... not Gallifreyan?

  • I won't mention the human Doctor again. Suffice to say, he was created to shag Rose and that's a shitty dangling plot point from the first 2 series that I so did not want to ever revisit.

  • Um. Let me get this straight. You've created a weapon that will not only destroy one universe but all parallel universes and dimensions yet somehow the Daleks will survive. Exactly what will the Daleks do in this Dalek-only remaining reality? There will be nothing left to exterminate at all? It just rings so false. Perhaps this is where Caan's real plan comes in but that has its own issues.

  • Why did the Daleks start destroying parts of Earth and killing people in last episode's story if they were going to just wipe out every single thing in reality a few hours later? It doesn't hold up story-wise.

  • Ok. Davros is obviously a couple of million years old. He has to be by this time since the Kaled/Dal versus Thal wars had to be way in the past. If he can created all these Daleks from his own cells why the hell can't he create a new body for himself instead of his gimpy one?

  • I wish Luke had been waiting for Sarah Jane when the TARDIS materialized. I really wanted a proper introduction between him and the Doctor.

  • Exactly how the hell did Dalek Caan supposedly bring Donna and the Doctor together in The Runaway Bride??? If the energy she was dosed with by her spider-loving fiance was what pulled her to the TARDIS, how exactly could Caan have been involved? Caan saying he manipulated these specific events doesn't work for me.

  • Yes Rose. It is your fault Captain Jack can't die. However, we won't tell you that.

  • Um.... c'mon Davies. You really want me to believe your explanation that the Ood's "Doctor-Donna" singular name for them somehow implies they were precogs when in the episode Planet of the Ood they start calling you this after you kept saying in simple English "Doctor Donna friends. Doctor Donna friends." Yeah. You did write in their comment about the Doctor and Donna's "song" ending soon but the name? C'mon!

  • The TARDIS towing the Earth was just plain stupid. I could have bought the pseudo-science better if the Earth just rematerialized. I suppose kid's might have liked it though.

  • Why drop Rose back off in Norway? Are we to assume that the space/time/parallel world crack is in exactly the same place again? Seems more likely you couldn't let the Bad Wolf thing go by this time.

  • Could you have devoted at least a scene to Rose and Martha. They never actually spoke to each other.

  • What purpose did Jackie Tyler serve in this story? Absolutely none. She looked so wrong holding that gun. It was just not believable.

In the end though, it was a fun ride if you just take it for what it is. And it definitely may be the saddest Doctor Who ending ever.

Catherine Tate totally owned Series 4 and I take back everything bad I said about her.

But to put Donna back to where see was prior to Runaway Bride is just so cruel.

So very very cruel.

Killing her would have been far more merciful.

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I'm sorry but I really ain't bovvered Caverin' Tat has gone! Perhaps if I'd seen her with a fresh eye, without seeing her alter-ego shouting at the Queen (at Royal Variety Show a coupla years back), I might've liked her. But she's far too shouty for me. She'd have made a fantastic Dalek.

M.

You've been lucky in that respect then!

:o)

M.

"Dalek Caan wanted to wipe out the Dalek race right? Well when he made his emergency temporal shift in Evolution of the Daleks he was the last Dalek!!! Suicide would have made more sense. Instead, he somehow saves Davros from the Time War, thereby recreating millions of Daleks, all to want them dead? Huh?"

He didn't want to wipe out the Daleks when he went to get Davros, he needed his help, but crossing the barrier is drove him mad, and it was after that that Caan wanted the Daleks destroyed.

"You've created a weapon that will not only destroy one universe but all parallel universes and dimensions yet somehow the Daleks will survive. Exactly what will the Daleks do in this Dalek-only remaining reality? There will be nothing left to exterminate at all? It just rings so false."

Actually, this is what the Daleks have always wanted; all life exterminated except for Dalek life. They might take slaves, they might subjugate whole planets, but in the end, the plan is to kill them all so that the Daleks are the only species left in the universe.

"Why did the Daleks start destroying parts of Earth and killing people in last episode's story if they were going to just wipe out every single thing in reality a few hours later? It doesn't hold up story-wise."

'cause those pesky humans keep resisting, better to supress them quickly, lest they find some way of fighting back. Hell, look at Martha; after all that fighting, she still managed to almost blow up the Earth.

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