To quote Chris Eccleston “fantastic”. An excellent end to the series, with a perfect set up for series 2 and 3 to follow.
The Dalek Emperor was well conceived and designed, I even like the delusions of godhood, it gave a different dimension to the Daleks that we have not seen before. I suppose that portraying the Daleks with a newfound religious mania was a good idea. Given the penchant in the series for allegories with the 21st century, making the Daleks religous terrorists (of sorts) actually seems to work.
I’m glad that Bad Wolf did not turn out to be Adam or the Dalek Emperor, but Rose? I didn’t see that one coming. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Although like others have said, if the TARDIS really is that powerful how did the timelords lose the war? With that kind of power they could ressurect every casualty, forget regeneration. This seems to be a bit of a leftover from the McGann movie. Other than that I really struggle to find fault with this episode, even the appearance of Micky and Rose’s mum didn’t annoy me in the same way this time.
The Daleks were also back on form and trully evil, the Doctor only excaped extermination due to his forcefield, not to some evil genius wants to explain the whole plot type scenario, whic is very old hat. I was actually shocked when Jack was exterminated, I really expected him to escape, although this was made a moot point when Rose raised him from the dead later. As alifelong fan of the Daleks my only real issue is that the ending made it very hard to find a reason to bring them back again in the future, unless the Emperor was not self deluded and really is immortal.
Having heard some of David Tennants work for Big Finish’s audio productions I look forward to his tenure as the Doctor.
Long may the series continue. Although there have been low points in this series the quality in general has been high, as long as it does not surrender entirely and become a pink politic soap opera then I’m along for the whole journey.
Does anyone have any ideas who is actually invading in the christmas special?