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Incoherent Wittering on the End of Doctor Who Season 3 
25th-Aug-2007 08:51 pm
So, I had a nice sensible post about "Utopia" and "The Sound of Drums" fermenting in my head, and then I went and downloaded and watched "The Last of the Time Lords". And now I really don't know what to say. I have a feeling that I'm going to need to watch these three episodes again before I can really feel like I've grasped them.

On the whole, I liked the last three episodes. I liked all the bits with Derek Jacobi and John Simm, and I liked Martha being awesome. There were some good bits with Captain Jack as well.

Lucy Saxon was being really weird in "The Last of the Time Lords", and I'm kind of sorry we didn't get more of an insight into her character. I think she actually gets no spoken lines in that entire episode, and I don't think it's because Davies forgot to give her anything to say. She gets a lot of rather odd facial expressions, and I'm not entirely sure how to interpret them - I keep parsing them as halfway between "Oh, crap, how did I get myself into this?" and "My, you can get some good drugs when you're queen of the Earth." (It also wouldn't surprise me if she comes back in the future, given what we saw at the end. Actually, I have some intriguing speculations about what was going on with Lucy Saxon in this episode, but they are mega-spoilerly so I will save them for a future post.)

I'm not sure how I felt about how the Doctor and Martha's secret plan to save the day played out. I felt like Davies replaced rubber science with rubber pseudo-theology, and I'm not sure that it's an improvement.

I think I feel slightly let down just because this is the first finale of the new series where we didn't have the catharsis of either a regeneration or a permanent companion departure. I didn't cry, dammit.

I was also a little disappointed by the revelation of the true identity of the Toclafane, because I had developed this complicated theory that the Master had somehow recovered the stored identities of all the Time Lords (which were presumably saved in the Matrix, or whatever), and downloaded them into these little death-orbs, and was really going to create a new Time Lord empire with these twisted undead cyborg Time Lords. But who am I kidding? This is New Who, where all bad guys are ultimately perversions of humanity in one way or another.

One thing is for sure: I'm really looking forward to season 4.
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