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TV Review: Doctor Who – “Journey’s End” – Season Four Finale

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The season four finale of Doctor Who should be renamed 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 this season's run.

In fairness, nothing was definite. Which doesn't excuse the promos for the episode's part two. A glance revealed serious plot points which were major contributors to the storyline. Why watch then?

To discover the fate of Earth. Or rather, the fate of 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 that the Daleks were more powerful than anything he could handle. His response? Very little, for their are certain points in history that cannot be altered.  This frustrated Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) who knew Earth would be destroyed if the doctor did nothing.

Fortunately, an effort was mounted to change The Doctor's mind and more than a few companions teamed up to make it happen. Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) brought things full circle, she knew she could understand the technical aspects of what was taking place 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 Daleks, especially when their supposedly dead leader has returned.  On the side of good, military help was required. Bring in the Torchwood team! Captain John Harkness (John Barrowman) and some of his cadre came to the rescue, along with ex-companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman). In yet another nice touch, Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) also returned for the finale.

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 it for yourselves.

A few viewers might think the episode is overloaded with all of the former companions on top of the return of the Doctor's nemesis. Wisely, the show itself was ninety minutes, just like the season opener. Already, there is internet chatter about the 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 Time Lord and his companion weekly. Speaking of, there is a chance (don't quote me) the woman who played Dr. Corday on ER (Alex Kingston) 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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  • http://americanidollowdown.blogspot.com/ Sherry

    As a viewer of all four seasons of the new Doctor Who, I felt somewhat disappointed in the season 4 finale. They teased the return of Rose all season, but when she actually showed up there was almost no emotional impact.

    The finale seemed to be all action and was lacking some of the substance that is the heart of the show.

    I liked seeing Mickey and Captain Jack, but I really missed the Doctor and Rose working together as a team. That is what I was really hoping for.

    It was a decent episode, but not as good as I was hoping.

    I agree with you about the promos – the first part was supposed to be a cliff hanger and then 5 seconds later the promo for the finale totally ruined the suspense by revealing the outcome.

  • http://notesfromnancy.blogspot.com NancyGail

    The show turned the promos on their head. While the outcomes were not as expected, still….
    What really surprised me was the last fifteen minutes. Sometimes the Doctor is too nice.

  • http://www.zomboscloset.com ILoz Zoc

    The show never ceases to amaze me with its cleverness, and willingness to push the envelope on the Who-verse. I still miss Rose, but I’m dying to know who his next companion will be. I hope Tennant hangs in there for the long haul. Blink is still my favorite episode. I jumped a few times in that one. Quite a feat for a TV episode’s pacing to do.

  • Buck

    Without spoiling anything, I will say that while I enjoyed the season 4 finale – I was greatly disappointed about what they decided to do with Rose. Hard to go into without spoilers, I just felt they defied logic and went for a convenient way to tie up her storyline.

  • http://notesfromnancy.blogspot.com NancyGail

    Next season should be 2010. As far as I know, Tennant is coming back. 2009 reportedly is having 4 stand alone ‘specials’.

  • A.S.

    “On the side of good, military help was required. Bring in the Torchwood team! Captain John Harkness (John Barrowman)”

    Actually, it’s Captain Jack, not John, and “Torchwood” aren’t a military outfit, they’re a small group of people trying to save the planet.

    You can place the blame squarely on the Sci-Fi Channel for the spoiler full promo for “Journey’s End”. The BBC didn’t show anything about what would happen, in their promo. You can probably find it on youtube.

  • kayla williams

    i can’t wait to see the next doctor who. i love david tennant so much.

  • http://notesfromnancy.blogspot.com NancyGail

    So do I. While this is not official, there could be a Doctor Who film. DT is logical choice for lead role. He’s not only actor who has played it, though….