Monday, March 22, 2010
"i don't want to go."
first off, i should say that i went through two tissues watching the second part of end of time. really, to understand the uniqueness of this, you have to know me -- but suffice it to say that i have people in multiple states and time zones who will vouch for the fact that i never cry at movies. movies, songs, tv shows -- i just don't tear up. i don't know why; it honestly doesn't reflect a lack of feeling or emotional involvement -- it has been suggested by a co-worker that i am an alien robot and the best i can do is to say that i don't think that's true. (but if i were an alien robot, isn't that what i'd be programmed to think?) russell t. davies should be able to put in his resume that he has brought me to tears four (count 'em: 4) times: torchwood, "reset" and "exit wounds;" doctor who, "journey's end" and "end of time."
if you remember the last time we saw the master -- the whole issue with the valiant and the doctor being turned into something about the size of your average parrot and lots and lots of jack-torture -- he was complaining about a rhythm in his head, drums in his head -- well, there is an explanation for this and i love it: after all this time, the time lords want to come back and they are just the tiniest bit pissed off. so their method of self-rescue is to plant a signal in the master's head, literally driving him insane over centuries of accumulated time, until he figures out a plan to get the signal out of his head and figure out what it does. which is to haul the time lords out of their chronological dead end and back into real time.
i love this solution. the idea that they would plant a signal in the master's mind, using him, forcing him to do what they want in order to open up a route for them to return and exact revenge on the entire fucking universe so that they can ascend and become gods is just fucking fantastic. i love pretty much everything about it. the time lords and gallifrey are no longer a deus ex machina that can save the world at any time; instead, they are now the biggest fucking danger to traffic that was ever created. yes. i like it. i like the master's reaction to his discovery that he has been used. i like david tennant's reaction to it. i like pretty much every little damn thing about it.
in all of this, too, there's a tempting, tantalizing, teasing suggestion as to the origin of the "blink" angels. as rassilon (rassilon, for god's sake! rassilon is a bad guy! oh my lord, that is cool!) and the other time lords materialize out of the vortex, rassilon makes some comment about the two women behind him (you can see them up there in the still) who have chosen to disagree with the senate's decision (a senate apparently entirely made up of prydonians which just explains so freakin' much) as having chosen to become "weeping angels." and, really, who would have more hunger or desire for quantum energy than a pissed-off time lord cut off from the congress of other time lords? but, while this is a great suggestion, i don't really want to know what the solution is and i'm really afraid, from the look of season 5, that steven moffat has the explanatory itch.
so there is a lot of great stuff going on here -- there are cameos from all the people you'd expect to see cameo, including martha, mickey (mickey the idiot has come so far!), jackie, rose, sarah jane, luke, and jack. bernard cribbins does a(nother) great turn as donna's grandfather, really providing the companion for the show and doing a fantastic job at it, too, keen to see the doctor again, eager to help, but also desperate to understand why the doctor abandoned donna and why the doctor, seemingly so lonely and at loose ends, won't just take donna back travelling with him.
so here we come to one of my big problems with the two-parter; in fact, now i think about it, my biggest problem with the two-parter. and it's really a beautiful example of how over-invested i can get when i choose to become over-invested!
i had hope -- such faith! -- that davies would use donna to some good end. she had to have been saved at the conclusion of season 4 to do something awesome, right? there was all that hoohah about her having "mindmelded" with the doctor and whatnot and now she was back on earth and could she remember or could she not and what could she do and what might she be able to do-- yeah.
davies pissed all that up a fucking rope and i hope he's sorry for it.
yeah, i feel warm and fuzzy: how 'bout you?
i was also disappointed that jack had nothing more to do with the show than a minute cameo at the end -- it was great to bring back the russell tovey character from "voyage of the damned" and it'd be great to see the two of them again but -- since the bbc seems to have unofficially axed torchwood and i have little faith in any american version -- i'm really dubious about this.
there are some other great things in this two-parter: the ood reappear -- they have to be some of my favorite aliens from the new series. it's sweet and very sad that they show up in the last few minutes of the show to sing the doctor to his death, essentially. it was great to see a doctor confronting the dissolution of his personality; none of the previous ones have done that. giving the tenth incarnation time to reflect on his "mortality" and "death" is unique, as far as i know, and definitely an interesting new twist.
but, really, i'm going to be stuck for a long time on donna.