Sunday, July 6, 2008

Digital Spy.............

That 'Doctor Who' finale
So, we've seen it. The finale has aired and the truth is out. Are we satisifed?
Here's ten things that were great about the Doctor Who finale:

1. The Doctor not regenerating after all.

2. The Daleks speaking German. "Exterminieren! Exterminieren!"

3. Martha Jones being able to speak German too. "Ich heisse Martha Jones" is probably the best line of the series.

4. Doctor Number Two imitating Donna. Donna imitating the Doctor.

5. The surprise appearance of Gita from EastEnders.

6. Julian Bleach as the frighteningly maniacal Davros.

7. The touching reference to Tosh, who posthumously saves the lives of her Torchwood colleagues.

8. Doolally Dalek Caan stitching up Davros and the Daleks. He was actually a nice bloke!

9. A surprise reference to Gwen's ancestor Gwyneth ('The Uniquet Dead'). Has no stone been left unturned?

10. Bernard Cribbins, whose guest appearance as Donna's granddad Wilf this series has been genuine and moving.

Wherever there are positives, negatives are normally always close behind - and I don't think I'd be giving a fair appraisal if I didn't also mention what wasn't quite as good about the finale.

In a nutshell? There was simply too much happening - too much fanw***ery crammed in - to do any individual story strand justice. The thing we were looking forward to the most all series long was the return of Rose, but when it finally happened, it was undeniably underwhelming (let's overlook Billie Piper's unfortunate dental trauma). It felt like a wasted opportunity.

There is an argument to be made that, had she been given more of a role, Rose could have overshadowed the finale and the other characters, but so what? Why not make the finale all about Rose? Forget bringing in Martha, Sarah Jane, Captain Jack, et al - they can wait.

Rose-Doctor interaction is what we wanted, and we were slightly cheated.Taken in a wider context, however, these episodes cap a magnificent run of episodes. Series four has been sometimes epic, sometimes moving, sometimes funny and sometimes upsetting. The quality of the show has never been greater.

Bring on those Cybermen!