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RTD in his book says he agonized over this one and paced up and down and hit things. I can see why. I'm still torn about this one, going between a 2/5 and a 3/5 and at times a 1/5. Whereas JOURNEY'S END is just about all wrong, this hits upon some of the nice things about NEW DW but also some of the worst. For one, the Earth moving. In the old series, this might not have been a big problem but by the time it got to that point the older Doctors would have stopped it. Here, it's like it's no biggie. So the Earth's been moved, things blew up, there's a new sun or whatever. I can almost accept it as part of OLD DW but part of new DW? Not sure about it.
"What can't be cured must be endured."
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 166
Running Time: 1:27:43
Flashback: Sarah Sutton, Dragon*Con Report with Billy Davis and Tara Wheeler, News with Eric Escamilla, Germany Report with Graeme Sheridan, Feedback, and more.
Hosted by Louis Trapani.
A blooming 5/5 or 10/10 and that's mostly due to Catherine Tate. Reliving things is not always a good idea but to see how things worked out differently...I still think it would have been better served if we saw Torchwood attacking the Sontaran ship and Gwen and Ianto die but that would change the focus from Donna. There's also a funeral like atmosphere throughout moreso than LOGOPOLIS which is referenced at one point (THE NEXUS bit).
3/5 or 7/10. Of all the ways this could have ended, this was probably the best despite the frustrating ending of Donna's man not being able to call out to her as he sees her just seconds before he teleports. I really hope Donna's last scene ever on the show is to find that man and have that family for real. She deserves it and so did we. River was not annoying at all and she could have been. No one dies, well kind of no one dies but the crew are dead. Moffat really fools us all into thinking this was great but honestly it was just passable. Dr. Lux being the only survivor of the original crew was surprising. Why wasn't this as good as part one. It doesn't make sense. Where were the 4400 (or however many there were) bodies ? Kept as engrams? What does that mean? It makes little to no sense that the physical bodies were still around somehow and on the computer. BIG WTF?
Another 5/5 er or 10/10 er. Really. Alex Kingston who can really annoy me, doesn't here. The mystery is laid on thick and thin as we, the audience really has no idea what is going on and for some reason, it's all very interesting and dangerous and fun. Until Donna dies! Yeah, Donna dies although the one of three catch phrases in the cliffhanger makes me think she's really been saved ("Donna Noble has been saved", the other two are "Donna Noble has left the library" and "Hey, who turned out the lights"). Great cliffhanger. It's amazing that someone meets the Doctor before he meets them. I'm sure it's happened in spinoff comics, audios AND novels or short stories but I don't believe it's ever happened in the actual tv show, even with the Rani and the Master although the Master knows the First Doctor in THE FIVE DOCTORS and the First Doc does'nt appear to know him but that's not a major plot point.
MIDNIGHT is a 5/5er a 10/10er. It's just about perfect. Yes, it's similar to a number of TWILIGHT ZONES (the SHELTER, MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET, NIGHTMARE AT 30,000 FEET, TO SERVE MAN, and many others as well as one or two OUTER LIMITS-JOYRIDE for one) but to be honest, it works better here because of the continuing character of the Doctor. He's the one that the others always turn to for help against aliens and for once, too, the Doctor on his own works here, too. Here, they turn against him for his smartness isn't smart at all...it's his downfall or near downfall. Luckily for him, the two minorities on the shuttle (and this reminds me of a very poor STAR TREK Galielo Seven shuttle) figure it out and yet again another sacrifices her life for his. Not to say that this doesn't work brilliantlly, it does but it's also a downer as the alien life form is evil.
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This Week In Doctor Who
October 24, 2009 - Vol 12, No 40
The weekly guide to Doctor Who broadcasts worldwide since 1998.
by Benjamin F. Elliott
Tommy Knight (Luke) and Anjili Mohindra (Roni) of the Sarah Jane Adventures were among those on hand at Liverpool's Odeon Cinema for a special showing of the Sarah Jane Adventures there.
Along with the Judoon walking the theater, attendees could have their photo taken with K9, and get autographs from Tommy Knight, Anjili Mohindra, and Daniel Anthony of the series.
There's the making of a good story in here somewhere but unfortunately it's lost in there someplace. The actors are grand, David is especially good, and Tate is very good as Donna AGAIN and Martha makes us really believe in the Hath and her reactions, even the very very sad Hath death as a Hath that she helped dies to save her from some kind of quicksand like mud and only so that Martha can rejoin her friends. When the Doc, I believe told her to stay put. It's very tragic that Martha talks this Hath into "feeling the wind on the surface" and then it dies there...thanks to her and her desire to just rejoin her friends. Then she seems to forget that Hath death, almost as if that scene were added on later. That scene has dialog from the Hath point of view as seen or heard on the DVD. It's not a happy moment for Martha and Freema is very very good in it but it's just too sad for a DW.