Thursday, December 31, 2009
But this message of peace is broken by two things: firstly - The Doctor's admission that he'd taken lives and then, chillingly, telling Wilf he "got clever" manipulating people into taking their own; secondly, when The Doctor takes the gun on hearing about the return of the Time Lords - scary stuff. Tennant also excels in the scene, again with Wilf, as he rails against the inevitable after hearing those four knocks (as a side~note, Bernard's little wave and "They gone now? Good~o." was superbly played). The Time Lord's arrogant childishness comes to the fore again as he cries, "I could do so much more!" and "It's not fair!" shortly before he resigns himself to death. Powerful stuff and a gold star goes to Davey T for always giving 100% to his role and saving the best 'til last.
Not to be outdone, John Simm gets in on the actoring action too. He goes from the gigantical (is that even a word??) menace we see at the start to a little boy (not unlike The Doctor) desperate to be on the winning side. The conversation with his fellow Time Lord at the beginning of the episode was a real treat.com with the renegade sneering "Where's your TARDIS?" and ending with everyone's favourite son of Gallifrey asking, "I wonder what I'd be without you?" - marvelous stuff.
To finish with the acting side of the production I have to talk about Matt Smith and his wonderful introduction to the series. I cannot recall a more thrilling or better start for The Doctor in a story and he pitches it perfectly - all fingers and legs. Not to mention hair. And he gets a catchphrase too, "Geronimo!" Nice. I look forward greatly to seeing more of The Eleventh Doctor (and his trouser~tightening 'companion', *coughs*), but that's a few months away yet - back to The End Of Time, Part Two.
The CG work throughout was excellent: from the beautiful realisations of Gallifrey and its citadel to the Star Wars~esque battle featuring Wilf as Luke Skywalker - truly cinematic visuals. The Time Lords themselves are a bad bunch, for sure, and their power, for the first time in the show's history, is plain to see from reversing The Master's template on the human race at the flick of a wrist (literally) to the recalling of their home planet into the Earth's galaxy. Their wish to become "creatures of consciousness" evokes The Eternals (another race of bored idiots) and quite chilling as the audience realises just why The Doctor had to finish the Time War in the way he did. Mind you, those Skaro Degradations sound fun! (Good name for a band too.)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Christmas is a perfect time for scary stories that send a shiver down your spine and put a smile on your face! It's good to have a touch of terror in the tinsel and we've got a tale for you now that'll make you go brrrrrr!
But a warning to the curious... it's about a strange and terrifying race known as the Weeping Angels. Enjoy their story but whatever you do, don't blink!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Minnie Hooper (June Whitfield) takes a shine to the Doctor...
It's the Tenth Doctor's final journey – but his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn, on Christmas Eve!
With both determined to cheat death, the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate, while the alien Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe.
The End Of Time part one, Christmas Day 2009, BBC One, 6.00pm