Doctor Who 31.03,04 The End of Time (2009, Science Fiction Adventure) – 5/10 TV review

Cast / crew
David Tennant: The Doctor
John Simm: The Master
Bernard Cribbins: Wilfred Mott
Writer: Russell T. Davies
Producer: Tracie Simpson
Director: Euros Lyn

Doctor Who 31.03,04 End of Time, The (2009)

The Doctor finally returns to the Ood to see what all this prophecy business is about while, on Earth, the resurrection of the Master is about to take place on the day of humankind’s extinction. Wait, what?

5/10

This is a fitting, if not good, climax to David Tennant’s tenure as The Tenth Doctor. Fitting in that it’s a mess with variable acting (dismay at the return of John Simm’s The Master was well-founded) and sudden inexplicable shifts in tone (the Doctor arrives at the Ood all cheerful after some sight-seeing then tears off in a contrived hurry) as part of a sometimes imaginative but clunky script from departing show-runner Russell T. Davies. Tennant is good, again, and tends to nail each individual scene but sudden shifts between anger, despondence and cocky chattiness are, as they always have been, unsettling and unconvincing. The best contribution comes from composer Murray Gold who makes the episode rather more thrilling than the baffling story should allow. Be warned if you thought the end of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was drawn out: before his regeneration, the Doctor’s reward seems to take forever.

This Doctor Who episode contains mild homosexual dialogue and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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