Thursday, August 07, 2008

TV Review Doctor Who Season 4 Finale "Journey's End"


The Season Four Finale of Doctor Who should be renamed as Doctor Whoa! Hang on to your hat, you ain't seen nothing yet! Even Sci-fi fans may have been shocked, despite being told more or less what was going to happen midway through the run.

In fairness, nothing was definite. Which doesn't excuse the promos for the episode's part two. A glance may have shown serious plot points which were major contributors to the storyline. Why watch then? SciFi Channel should have known better.

One simply had to know the fate of Earth. Or rather, the multiple planets affected once the stars began to disappear and day turned into night. The Doctor (David Tennant) knew things were amiss, but he also understood the Daleks were more powerful than the best he could handle. His response? Nothing, for history cannot be altered. This frustrated Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) who knew Earth would be destroyed.

Fortunately, an effort mounted to change The Doctor's mind. More than a few companions teamed up to help. Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) brought things full circle. She knew she could understand the technical aspects better than Donna. Besides, a prophecy had long ago predicted her return.

World War III is perhaps the best equivalent of what happens when one messes with the Dalek, especially when the leader supposedly died. Therefore, extra help is required. Bring in the Torchwood team! Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and some of his cadre come to the rescue, along with Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). In yet another nice touch, Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) also comes.

Even though the departure of Miss Noble was advertised for several episodes (not the smartest move) the way she went surprised me. I'll let you see for yourselves.

A few viewers might think the episode is overloaded with all of the former companions on top of the greatest threat. Wisely, the show itself was ninety minutes, just like the season opener. Already, there is Internet chatter of a new season.

Personally, I can see why so many enjoy this show. Even though I have not seen the past three seasons, I had fun viewing the Timelord and his companion weekly. Speaking of, there is a chance (don't quote me) the woman who played Dr. Corday on ER is the next companion.

Glad I watched? Yes, to not do so is something I would have regretted. Still, I found myself trembling and in tears long after the closing credits rolled. It was that powerful.

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