The End of Time Part II
The End of Time Part II
|New Year’s Special|
|Airdate: 1 January 2010|
|Writer: Russell T Davies|
|Director: Euros Lyn|
|Notable for: The final appearance of David Tennant and the series debut of Matt Smith.|
Doctor Who, unlike any other show, before it or since, has thrived on a world of change. The character’s basic premise of regeneration was built into the show to never have to rely on one single actor to take the role, and that the mantle could pass down from actor to actor generation to generation, era to era. The 2 part finale shown in the UK and US during the Christmas and New Year period was designed to leave you in no doubt, the end of an era began in 2005 was here…
Overall the episode is a strong love letter to Who, and to the Who fanbase from Russell and the cast and crew. When the first sixty minutes leaves the fans feeling a little let down at the quality of the writing for an episode so important to Who, the second episode’s great improvement and sweet send off for the cast we’ve had over these last 5 years leaves this who fan feeling like we had a solid if not always spectacular episode.
I don’t think I’ll be alone in thinking that the episode may have been able to encapsulate the entire Russell T. Davies era. Sometimes amazingly frustrating, but at other times written with such love and care for a product as to make that special kind of television that can only exist when a person is fully involved, almost in love with the product he is creating. Where Christopher Eccelston launched the show, and David Tennant repopularised it into the mainstream success it is now, Russell was the man to oversee it all, and without him we might never have seen the rebirth of one of Britain’s most popular and enduring characters. As he bows out to hand the reigns to Steven Moffat, the writer of my favourite 3 episodes of the 2005 Who, I feel comfortable with the product I’ve had for 5 years, and even more excited about the potential of what we have to come. – TV Overmind
Well, if you hadn’t guessed it was the end of an era beforehand, Russell T Davies and his team left you in no doubt by the time the credits rolled this time. There had been promises that there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house by the time The End Of Time ended, and after an epic, sometimes-breathtaking hour and a quarter, they’d pretty much delivered on that promise. For while I liked The End Of Time Part One, it was still littered with problems and annoyances. Part Two? Brilliant. Not perfect, but brilliant nonetheless.
What I loved about the episode is, I suspect, what one or two traditionalists will dislike. That the threat that had built up on Christmas Day dissolved so easily, and so early on in the episode. I’ve criticised Russell T Davies in the past for scampering to his finales after superb build up work, but here he very much made the right choice in getting matters wrapped up fairly swiftly. For instead of getting a rushed regeneration at the end of an adventure, he made the space to wrap up the tenth Doctor’s journeys properly. – Den of Geek