The End of Time Part 1. Ok anyone reading this that doesnâ€™t want to be spoiled donâ€™t read anymore.
I had a number of fears about these episodes, and to be honest a few of them are still in place. That said, I loved it. I was surprised how much I did love it actually.
The Masterâ€™s resurrection, didnâ€™t worry me like I thought it was. In the season 3 finale, he talked aobut the time lords resurrecting him to fight the Time War, so it has been stated in canon that a dead time lord can be resurrected, and it makes sense that the Master would have left instructions for that, in the hope some group of nut bags will follow it.
Oh before I forget, I want to kiss Russell for his description of Christmas in the beginning, I warmed my little pagan heart.
The Doctor on the Ood planet. I didnâ€™t like him. He wasnâ€™t the Doctor Victorious of Waters of Mars, but his humour was, I donâ€™t know, a little cruel and mean spirited. I put it down to him still trying to find his way back from the darkness, but when the show started it worried me because I thought that was going to be the norm. I love the Masterâ€™s dark and twisted humour, but the somehow the Doctor just made me cringe, and not in a good way.
Ok the Master. I donâ€™t know how to explain it, no one does manic, insane, haunted and evil quite like John Simm. Just as Tennant has become my favourite Doctor, Simm is now my favourite Master. Yes I know a lot of people prefer the more controlled evilness of past Masters, but Simm for me has captured my heart. Speaking of which, oh my little slasher heart is all a flutter. The scene in the wasteland where they start by reminiscing about life on Gallifrey to the point they share the sound of drums. It was exquisite, it was crazy and heartbreaking. It spoke of love once there that had become so twisted, and in the end remains twisted and damaged. And I swear at one point I was so sure he was going to kiss the Doctor.
And what can I say about the Master in bondage and collared that doesnâ€™t make me sound like a pervert? Well not much because the only responses I can come up with is oh my god, and drooling on the keyboard. And then, a world full of Masters, Masters in dresses and highheels. Iâ€™ve never had a crossdressing kink, but man it was just so good.
Wilf, what can I say again, I used to think Donna is my favourite companion, and yes as series length companions go, she is, but Wilf, there is just something so right about him, so perfect (but not in a too perfect way). The scene in the cafe with the Doctor was just perfectly pitched for me. There was a sad humour there, Tennantâ€™s performance of the Doctorâ€™s grief and angst was spot on. Wilfâ€™s complete love for Donna hasnâ€™t changed. Oh and the comment about how he sees her looking sad sometimes, like sheâ€™ll stop and get this sad look in her eyes that she canâ€™t understand. And the Doctor telling him that regeneration is just like death, that everything he is dies and some other bloke gets to saunter off….. Fuck. (and yes Iâ€™ll admit I teared up through that whole scene)
Bits that worry me. The hint that the Doctor can actually die. Everyone is feeling safe because 11 has been casted, but I keep hearing rumours that the Doctor dies and a whole new different time lord takes his place. I swear I will be so pissed, probably to the extent of stopping watching if that happens.
My biggest fear has always been Gallifrey returning. That somehow the Time War will be rewritten, and Gallifrey and the TimeLords will return. I have had fears of that since the Fires of Pompeii when the Seer said â€˜she is returningâ€™, although people said that was about Rose, and then when the Doctor was given the prophecy about â€˜it returnsâ€™ I knew somehow Gallifrey would play a part. I loved what I saw in this episode, and the hints I got from the â€˜sneak previewâ€™ I saw. I love the evilness that shows through with the Time Lords. They arenâ€™t heroes, they were never the â€˜good guysâ€™. The Doctor was the rebel, he ran away because he wouldnâ€™t play by their rules, he was made head Chancellor in an attempt to keep him under control, and banished to earth when they couldnâ€™t control him. In many ways the Master is more like the TimeLords of Gallifrey than the Doctor ever was. So I loved seeing that cold cruelty being shown. What I fear is they will return, that the Doctor wonâ€™t be alone. The Time War is such a big canon moment, a part that I loved because of the effect it has had on the Doctor. I loved the description in the sneak preview of how savage the war is, because the Doctor and all he loved had to live through that, and all but him had to die to stop it. I just pray that isnâ€™t rewritten in the end.
Itâ€™s a week until the last part, and the end of Ten. In that time I will bounce about the awesomeness of the episode and try not to fear for the future of my show.