I didn’t like Part One of this at all. I tried to watch the Confidential for it … but I hated the episode so much, I could only take half of the behind-the-scenes before deleting it from my hard drive. At least I got to hear Davies say what his intent was. Unfortunately, it was a botch as far as I was concerned. A few more crucial lines in the script might have saved it. Sometimes letting the audience fill in the blanks is not the best thing to count on. This was one of those times. We wanted to be carried, not have to do any damned work.
As for Part Two, I was shocked that overall I liked it. It was superior to Part One. It had an actual story. That the story was too damned long… well, what’s a finale for if not to be a bit self-indulgent?
Twitter was filled with stabbing of David Tennant’s performance. I don’t think any of those people have watched him closely enough to see just how fine an actor he’s been. This was also one of those times.
And Davies has been vastly underrated as a scriptwriter. This wasn’t his best effort, but it was epic, and had at least a few of his trademark touches — although too light in those touches, in my opinion.
People on Twitter also hate the new Doctor. I think that’s par for the course, though. I hated Tennant to begin with too. Eccleston wasn’t the Doctor for me immediately, either. But I was sorry to see him leave so early. On the other hand, Eccleston’s performance was of a more masculine, less sensitive, Doctor, so the entire Tennant run we’ve just witnessed would have been vastly different even had all of the stories been the same.
I really can’t wait to see what Moffat does. It’s one thing to contribute an outstanding script every now and again — having the space to do something like that permits the possibility of greatness. But when you’re in charge of everything — everything! — it’s an outright torment to capture the free time necessary to aim for greatness.
But this is Doctor Who. The program has survived for decades. Even the BBC couldn’t kill it (the idiots should have never done so!). No matter what happens, it will go on.
Hurry up, Spring!
Previously at Mike Cane 2008:
Doctor Who Christmas Special 2008: The Next Doctor
The Next Doctor Who Will Be Black #2
Want. This. Book.
The Next Doctor Who Will Be Black (I was wrong!)
David Tennant Leaving Doctor Who?
Doctor Who: Aftermath
Doctor Who: Journey’s End Transcript Up!
They Don’t Have It
Doctor Who Confidential #13
Doctor Who: Journey’s End
Doctor Who: Saw It
Doctor Who: It’s Heeeere
Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Daughter
Doctor Who: Season Four Finale Is Up!
Doctor Who: The Poison Sky
Doctor Who: Can You Feel The Vibe?!
Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem
Reference: Doctor Who Episode Transcripts
Doctor Who: Planet Of The Ood
Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii
Doctor Who: The Stolen Earth
I Can See The Doctor Now
Doctor Who: Now I Begin To See
Doctor Who: Turn Left
Doctor Who: Midnight
Doctor Who: Forest Of The Dead
Doctor Who: Silence In The Library
Thank God It’s Not Gareth Roberts!
Doctor Who Jumps The Gay Shark
Doctor Who: The Hair Years