The Last of The Time Lords

The Last of The Time Lords

Having enjoyed the first two stories in this trilogy of episodes, I was filled with eager anticipation to see the finale to series 3. It only goes to show how narrow the line between success and failure is. This was a very disappointing episode. It was like watching a small play performed on a vast stage.

Like ‘The Doctor’ himself, this story seemed to shrink as it tried to wear the clothes of an epic that were far too big for it. It didn’t really feel like an episode of Doctor Who at all, rather it felt like a TV program pretending it was something much grander. The film version of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings perhaps?

Maybe it was because it was a three-part story that Russell T. Davies got the idea of writing something along the lines of ‘The Return of The King’ for the final episode? The two battling Time Lords become, instead, the battling Maia, Sauruman and Gandalf, with Gandalf held captive atop the tower of Isengard. At one point ‘The Master’ even calls ‘The Doctor’ Gandalf. As ‘The Doctor’ shrinks he becomes an image of Sm???agol turning into a version of Gollum, like a mortal creature that has lived an immortal length of time, though his appearance was more like Dobby from Harry Potter. Martha Jones is sent Hobbit-like onto a quest through Middle-earth and finally we see the Dark Lord’s ring being recovered from the ashes (one ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them!). Even the title had overtones of the Tolkien classic when reduced to its initials thus, LOTTL / LOTR.

The ending itself felt a bit of a cheat. Like Bobby Ewing emerging from the shower in Dallas to find that it had in reality all been a dream and everything is reset to zero. As Davies often does, he digs ‘The Doctor’ into impossibly deep holes and suddenly reveals a MacGuffin to pull him out again. Rather unconvincing really.

Were there any good bits? The reconciliations within the Jones clan were well done and the special effects were excellent, (but again that was appearance over substance). The plot twist with the Toclafane
would have been excellent were it not for the rather silly premise that human beings are exactly the same at the end of the universe as they are now.

Full marks for effort, but an over-egged episode I’m afraid.



15 comments


    theagingfanboy

    July 1, 2007

    Oh come on, it was great. Not over-egged, but a bit iconic in its way. The Master has taken over other people’s bodies before, so why not now? And on top of all that Jack’s back in Cardiff, and could he be the Face of Boe?
    Lots to keep us all talking about until Christmas.

    By-the-way it’s been established that humans spread into the galaxy and took on all sorts of forms, but at the end some of them had taken on the form they once had. You can tell from subsequent events that they weren’t the same as us at all. They look superficially like us, but that’s it.

    On top of that when I’m thinking of the letters LOTTL and see the letters LOTR, my first thought is: “O look, some capital letters”. LOL – gosh that’s almost the same as well! Coincidence? Surely not.

    The Obvious Sontaran

    July 1, 2007

    Yes the Face of Boe! That was brilliant, best thing in the story and I almost missed it!

    Matt

    July 1, 2007

    Granted it wasn’t the best episode ever but I really enjoyed it.

    Sue Burnett

    July 1, 2007

    Oh, Peter – I have to disagree – this finale was tremendous fun. And Jack’s throwaway line about “the Face of Bo” had me jumping out of my seat in excitement!

    OK, the ring in the ashes was a bit of a cliche, but even that came across to me as more of an homage to the closing scene of Flash Gordon than an LOTR pastiche.

    The Fat Man

    July 1, 2007

    Let’s face it, none fo the plots in this series have been particularly original, having been influenced by everything from “the Moon is a harsh mistress” through “hitchhikers Guide” to “Ghosts of Mars”. And some of the technical bloopers have been terrible. But overall, it has been a very watchable and enjoyable series, and long may they continue – roll on Torchwood too – speaking of which, I gather there was a rather amusing scene shot today in which a “bomb” was set off in Westgate street……..just 24 hours after the terrorist attacks………

    Drew

    July 1, 2007

    Yep that was great.

    Mark

    July 1, 2007

    I agree with most of the comments. Great episode. Sometimes I think Difference Engine is looking for things to hate about Dr Who and Torchwood.

    Also, am I the only one who thinks that ‘Unit’ – what ever that is – will be important in Torchwood this year?

    Shelly

    July 1, 2007

    I have read these blogs almost as religiously as watching the show itself and the details in which some commentators have entered into has amused me greatly. To us it is 50 mins of pure family entertainment. We watched the final episode with eager anticipation and I have to say it really did not disappoint – only thing is they have now started the dreaded countdown to Christmas!!! How many days to the next episode???

    Drew

    July 1, 2007

    Shelley, its only 175 days til xmas you know 🙂

    i must sort out my decorations. LOL

    Sue Burnett

    July 1, 2007

    I don’t believe it – I’ve found out today that the teeth-gratingly annoying (and unfunny) Catherine Tate is to be the Doctor’s companion next year – that means a whole series THAT I WON’T BE ABLE TO WATCH.

    I’m devastated. What am I to do?

    prof

    July 1, 2007

    Don’t worry, Sue. The entire country is so annoyed at this latest news there’ll be a special posting on The Difference Engine JUST to complain and bitch!

    Sue

    July 1, 2007

    It seems I’m not alone in my reaction: feedback on the BBC website shows an almost overwhelming cry of ‘NO!’.

    Traveler

    July 1, 2007

    It could have been worse…

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    Sue

    July 1, 2007

    Sorry, Traveler, have to disagree – even Vicky Pollard would be less irritating than the supremely untalented Tate. Possibly the only thing that could be as bad as Tate would be Jade Goody.

    joshua tantrum

    July 1, 2007

    are there any real time lords out there.

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