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Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 5)
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Blah blah, continued from Doctor Who Series 4 (Part 4), spoilers, etc.
Like most of RTD's season finales, this one has very little plot. In fact, you can sum it up as "The Daleks steal a bunch of planets to build their giant disintegrator gun, the Doctor tracks them down and, after a mishap involving loose regeneration energy, Donna saves the day by pushing a crapload of buttons. Rose might as well not have been in it, for her sole contribution was to prevent Donna's family from being exterminated.
After all the button pushing, Sarah, Jack, Martha and Mickey are all returned to Earth, and Rose, Jackie and a spare Doctor are stuck back on Pete's World. It's not really explained why they need to be stuck back there, instead of, say, picking up Pete and bringing them all back to Earth, but the Doctor's a Time Lord, so we'll assume he knows what he's doing. Also, he mind-wipes Donna and returns her to her family. And it's taken longer for me to outline the last ten minutes than it did to outline the rest of the two episodes.
Despite predictions a companion would die, no one did (remember the build up that Rose was going to die in series 2, and then she didn't? Hmm). Even the resolution to the cliffhanger turned out to be a cop-out, with Gwen and Ianto being saved by a dead teammate's previously-unmentioned deus ex machina device.
On the bright side, this is the last series finale Russell T Davies will write. [5/10]
There are a few good things about this story though: Daleks speaking German, Liz Sladen, best Davros ever, DoctorDonna, David Tennant hilariously talking in Judoonese, and probably some other things I've forgotten.
Battle of the Seasons! The series finales by lameness of deus ex machina:
And now it's time for... The Battle of the Seasons Results!
So the winner(?) by 8 points is Series 3! Which means that series 3 is the most stereotypically Russell T Davies series, I guess...
Posted July 9, 2008 12:14 AM
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