The End of Time: Part One - SPOILERS!!!
Ah, just what the Doctor ordered. Replete with Turkey roast dinner and therefore content, and just one or two cavas to relax and so make sure that I didn't worry too much about any plots holes, I really enjoyed this.
Those worrying that the major plot points had been let out of the bag months before the story started, needn't have worried too much as the Master appeared within the first five minutes and the truth of their return was revealed at the end of the episode.
Obviously, as the title suggests, this is one of those stories which will need to be considered as a part of the whole to see if it works or not ultimately. However, as a set up I felt it was much more leisurely than some of the stories we have seen for a long time. It took its time (and was all the better for this choice)to move the plot along and concentrated on the things we wanted to see: Wilf's meeting with the Doctor again, the sad reflection over Donna and yet the joy that she hadn't changed that much, the emotional turmoil of the Doctor, the encounter with the Master and the realisation that the knocks weren't just a construct of his madness. Then there were the salutes to Silence of the Lambs and Being John Malkovitch which I enjoyed. And the ultimate reflection of the Master's God compex - a world made in his own image.
And finally the question of who or what is knocking. Did that look like one of the wirches at the end? Or, and I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not, we've heard the Rani's name bandied about over the last few years - is she finally back? And when they do come back, will they come back undamaged or changed by the experience?
For me, all the best bits of RTD and few of the irritating bits. Some great characterisation and lots of interesting questions raised. How exciting.
Oh and I'd be very surprised if Chase liked it.