NuWho 10th Anniversary: What Is Your Favourite Specials Story?

This year, Doctor Who has been back on our screen ten whole years. It feels like yesterday that the TARDIS materialised once more; suitably, it also feels like forever.

So join us as we celebrate a decade with the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors. Let’s find out which serials are our favourites, and shine a light on the underrated ones too. Watch us run.

And then vote on your favourites. At the end of the year, we’ll find out which serials showcase our beloved show at the height of its game.

A song is ending. The Doctor is struggling against the inevitable as he lands in Victorian London, gets on a bus that’s transported to a far-off desert planet, takes on time itself on Mars – and then meets his demise. He will knock four times…

Meredith Burdett: The End of Time

The Master - John Simm The End of Time

It’s like the ultimate piece of fan fiction isn’t it? Written for the fans, by a celebrity super fan. Sometimes, watching The End of Time can be a bit too much because there’s just so much going on that ticks all the over indulgent boxes that the re-launched Doctor Who had taken great lengths to avoid.

The Doctor and the Master duking it out on screen, the Master’s botched resurrection and the fabled utterance of ‘you will obey me!’ a catchphrase which finally makes a welcome return after 25 years. Along with that you have the Master’s grandest and most ambitious scheme yet, which he successfully carries out, and just at the end, when all is lost, the Time Lords return – the TIME LORDS! Governed by the one and only Timothy Dalton no less. James Bond is now and forever a Time Lord. What follows in Part Two is almost too exciting to bear, with quiet and subtle moments thrown in for good measure to really pluck at the old heart strings. And then, with Gallifrey in the sky, Rassilon in full psycho momentum and the Master finally fulfilling his destiny he was meant to by sacrificing himself to save the Doctor and the world (something he was meant to do way back in the Third Doctor’s era), we have the four knocks conundrum tied up, a heart-breaking speech by David Tennant (‘It’s my honour’ – don’t try not to well up at that line. It’s impossible) and one of the greatest regenerations/ new Doctor introductions in the history of Doctor Who’s long life.

The most wonderful aspect of this story is the sheer scale of it, the ambition and the finished product, all of which are a labour of intensive love both in front and behind the camera. In the early 1990s, a book was published which contained several synopsise and scripts for unmade Doctor Who movies; these seemed at the time like simple pipe dreams that would never see the light of day. The End of Time seems like one of those dream projects that we were lucky enough to see on screen. Seriously, read the synopsis and then consider the scale of what the production team was looking to make before it was filmed. It’s breath-taking and wonderful.

The 2009 specials offered bigger and bolder Doctor Who over the space of a year but The End of Time topped the bill as one of the biggest and most ambitious stories the series had ever seen and for all of these reasons and more it is simply the best of the final stories ever told by Russell T Davies.

Katie Gribble: The Waters of Mars

Waters of Mars - 10th Tenth Doctor

After several quiet months, The Waters of Mars flooded onto our television screens and washed away the cobwebs from our Doctor-deprived minds. Yet what makes the episode stand out is its indulgence and exploration of isolation. The sense of being alone and without help is what makes so many Doctor Who episodes scary and unnerving with episodes such as The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, 42, and Midnight all manipulating the fear of being alone.

The setting on Mars, so close to Earth but out of contact due to solar flare activity, makes the events of the episode all the more tragic. The main characters have to make terrible decisions alone and when the Doctor turns up, he only makes the situation worse. The nature of the fixed point radically changes this episode with the Doctor’s foreknowledge, how what happens on Mars must always happen, condemning the decisions of the rest of the characters every step of the way.

In this way, it can be said that the episode is almost without hope. There are faint glimmers in the episode, the growth of plants and vegetables on Mars and the moment when the crew learns that the water infection is something new meaning they can go home. There are short bursts of this kind of energy and optimism, as the Doctor watches them all scramble around the base packing the rocket for the trip home, but this episode soon deprives the characters of a positive outcome when the food packs are doused in the infected water.

When times like this occur, in any other episode the audience can turn to the Doctor to come and save the day. As he says, he can normally change a few things or save some people. Even the pretence of a plan is more reassuring than no plan at all. But this time even the Doctor is left at a disadvantage with the fixed point in time, 21st November 2059, keeping him from getting involved. When he eventually gives in to being a part of events, he can’t help alter what is happening except by overstepping his own boundaries and becoming the Time Lord Victorious. For some, myself included, a step too far for the normally lovable, approachable Tenth Doctor.

Along with this, there is a constant feeling of the futility of the crew’s actions throughout, emphasised at the end of the episode with the death of Adelaide showing that, despite the Doctor’s actions, everything turns out more or less as it would have been had the Doctor never intervened. It throws a shade over the Doctor showing that he cannot stop the inevitable which, in the preceding story to Tennant’s swansong, places so much more pressure and sadness on what the Tenth incarnation of the Doctor is heading towards. His death at this point is inevitable and the idea that he cannot stop what is coming to him begins in this story.

Alex Skerratt: The Waters of Mars

Waters of Mars - Flood

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that The Waters of Mars is not only my favourite of the Specials, but also my favourite NuWho episode of all time, and my favourite Who story ever (after City of Death!).

I was expecting so little from it… Being the ‘calm before the storm’ in the run-up to Tennant’s regeneration story, I was bracing myself for something lacklustre, following the trend of most Doctors’ penultimates: The Space Pirates, The Monster of Peladon and Planet of Fire immediately spring to mind! But – The Waters of Mars is, quite simply, sublime and awesome.

For me, the most impressive part is that I genuinely believe they are cooped-up on the Martian surface; the sense of isolation and claustrophobia contributes significantly to the rising tension, and the ‘location’ work with the Doctor wandering around on Mars is breath-taking. Simply put, I cannot fault this excellent story!

Drew Boynton: The Next Doctor

The Next Doctor

Ah, the 2009 specials. For me, choosing one of them as my “favourite” is like choosing what vegetables I’m going to have on my breakfast cereal in the morning. In their defence, each of them do have their moments: The “Time Lord Victorious!” of Waters of Mars was an exciting twist that went absolutely nowhere – I mean, what if the Tenth Doctor had gone insane with power and become a pseudo-villain that his former companions would have to defeat and/or save? THAT would have been amazing. The funky fly-inspired aliens of Planet of the Dead were interesting and cool, as was the jaw-dropping desert setting… but I remember almost nothing else. The End of Time gave Wilf (Bernard Cribbins) his own well-deserved companion status and the last ten minutes of Part Two, with its glimpses of past companions, was emotional… but the rest makes me cringe behind the sofa (and not in a good Dalek-ey way).

So, if I had to choose, I’m going with The Next Doctor. That’s right, The Next Doctor. It’s Christmassy, has David Morrissey, and features a Godzilla-sized Cyberman. It also has an intriguing mystery – could Jackson Lake really be a future Doctor?! – that, yes, is COMPLETELY wasted in the first half-hour. So much for suspense.

I still yearn for the heady days of Russell T. Davies and David Tennant, but the 2009 specials proved to be much less than special.

Philip Bates: The Waters of Mars

Waters of Mars - Flood 2

Uhm, why is there any question over the best 2009 Special? The Waters of Mars was incredible, while the rest were rather naff (with a few good moments).

Seriously, Waters is a masterpiece, in the same vein as The Impossible Planet/ The Satan Pit. I love these seemingly-hopeless situations, and this time, the Doctor had time working against him too. I like that his curiosity kept drawing him back in – that’s the basis of the Doctor, right? Ever since he saw Skaro, at least – but he was also helpless and resigned to their fates. Tennant shines, fully showing the grim consequences of being a Time Lord, having that responsibility and foreknowledge. Just watch his face when he can hear what’s going on over his com system, as he’s trudging away.

And he does what the Doctor always does: interfere. In the past, maybe the Time Lords would drag him back and put him on trial. But he’s here without a safety net. There’s nothing to stop him. Then he’s like a fury: yes, he can improvise, he can stop all this, and so easily too. We really see what the Doctor is capable of – the good and the bad.

But the Time Lord Victorious isn’t why The Waters of Mars is so great. It’s everything. I love base-under-siege tales and the Flood are such sinister, chilling threats. They’re so impossible to defeat. It’s water. I mean, how do you defeat water? Water, as the Doctor says, just waits. It sits in the air and climbs down our windows. It’s everywhere, even inside us, and so it’s the perfect enemy.

Then there’s the utterly brilliant crew – and no, I’m not just saying that because I think Gemma Chan is all kinds of great. They’re real: they’ve all got these secrets and lives and families, miles away. They’re all so desperate and fragile.

The Waters of Mars sits alongside Midnight as the best things Russell T Davies has ever written, and I’m so pleased we got to drown in their brilliance before the showrunner moved on. And Waters gives David Tennant another chance to shine and prove once and for all what an exceptional Doctor he is.

James Lomond: The End of Time

The End of Time - 10th Tenth Doctor Wilf

This is tough given that the Specials were, for me, one of the low points of NuWho. So I’m going with the one thing that I am absolutely certain of: The Cribbins.

The End of Time had everything that I don’t really enjoy in Doctor Who – monochrome day-glow aliens with spikes on their faces (why? how does looking like a parody of sci-fi add anything?), evil schemes where the camp drowns out the sinister and all for the sake of a one-liner (“the Master race”) and a mad prophet that we know is a mad prophet because they say the same thing over and over again. Over and over again.

But then there is Wilf. Wilf and the “knock-four-times” arc which RTD carried off with such wonderful warmth, pathos and realism it literally soared over everything and anything that hadn’t hit the mark for me. It acknowledged the Tenth Doctor’s narcissism (sorta) but re-affirmed that he was the Doctor and that he would do anything for the people he cared about. (So long as he got to monologue a bit.) It also easily matches any of the misdirection we’ve had from Moffat with the Master’s four drum beats…

I’m not sure whether Wilf was supposed to be how the “Time Lord Victorious” thread was resolved – that he reminded the Doctor about what was important – but by Jove he was more than enough of a resolution. RTD + The Cribbins = Awesome. End of Time: wins!

Those are a few of our favourites from the 2009 Specials. Now it’s your turn! Vote below for your favourite, and we’ll find out the overall winner later this year…

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56 Responses

  1. TimeChaser says:

    Hands down, The Waters of Mars. A truly frightening and effective new enemy, and a sense of doom helped by the knowledge that Ten’s time was fast running out. Modern Who doesn’t get much darker than this (Midnight coming the closest to matching Waters in terms of tension and atmosphere). I would have actually liked to explore the consequences of the Doctor’s final disregard for the timeline a bit more before the end. The Time Lord Victorious could have been a cool way to work the name “Valeyard” back into the series earlier than The Name of the Doctor.

  2. Planet of the Deaf says:

    Not hard really, The Waters of Mars is far the best story of the Specials.
    TND had some good scenes between Jackson Lake and the Doctor but the Cyberman stuff was fairly poor.
    POTD was pleasant enough, but nothing memorable
    TEOT to me was far too long and overblown, and the Master was ridiculously OTT in it!

  3. Mark North says:

    To me, The End of Time was indeed the best, with the Waters of Mars a very close second. The deciding factor, for me, was the excellent regeneration scene. Russell’s two best specials for 2009 he saved to the last.

    • TimeChaser says:

      Which was ruined by the now immortal blubbering of “I don’t want to go.” I look back on it just a bit differently now, but at the time, it just ruined the moment for me. I was glad to see a new Doctor arrive to break free of the emo excesses Davies was indulging in.

    • Dr. Moo says:

      To each their own! It seems you’re in a minority here but don’t let that scare you off.

      Personally I didn’t like The End of Time overall but it does have some good moments courtesy of Timothy Dalton, Bernard Cribbens , Matt Smith and that excellent cliffhanger.

      • Edward Delingford says:

        Bernard Cribbins is an absolute legend – just seeing his lovely face brings either a tear or a smile. Wilfred and Brian are two of the nicest people you could ever wish to have in your Tardis!

        • Dr. Moo says:

          Bernard Cribbens at the conclusion to Journey’s End. Of the whole Davies era it’s hard to find a better moment than that for sheer emotional gutwrenching.

          • Edward Delingford says:

            I think Wilf would have been a wonderful companion for 11 and it would have been a much richer pairing than with 10. Two sweet and gentle old souls but with that spark of youthful naughtiness. Plus it would have been fantastic to have seen Matt and Bernard act with each other – I can imagine them dancing and singing and having a great old laugh together both on and off screen.

    • Doct-Her Who says:

      It’s a shame that the godawful Matt Smith had to appear at the end.

  4. Dr. Moo says:

    Why is this even a question? The Next Doctor was okay but not great. Planet of the Dead was terrible. The End of Time was just plain insulting to Tennant’s Doctor as well as the way it pre-emptively made you dislike Matt Smith before we even saw him, not to mention the single worst regeneration since the beginning, except for that one in 1987.
    But in The Waters of Mars we have one of the greatest Doctor Who episodes ever put to film. Even if it wasn’t it would still win this prize by default as it’s the only one of the four that has held up at all.

  5. John McJohnson says:

    The Next Doctor – underrated but nothing special. Just a bit of light fun.

    Planet of the Dead – utter rubbish. That woman off Eastenders was totally unlikeable and annoying. Thank God we never saw her again!

    The Waters of Mars – possibly the best episode of the revival, if not then it’s in the top three for sure. To call it a masterpiece is to do it a disservice.

    The End of Time – what the expletive was Russell thinking??? Everything with the story was wrong, with its hyperactive Master and sticking two fingers at 11 before he arrived… Forget about Time & the Rani, THIS is the worst regeneration of the lot!

    • Edward Delingford says:

      One of the many things which really irks with TEOT is that it arrogantly paints Tennant as the ultimate incarnation of the doctor, with a never-ending set of farewell laps of honour which became increasingly saccharine and emotionally hollow. It sets up the viewer to assume that what follows must be lesser, rather than looking excitedly to the next doctor. Fortunately, Moffat was gifted the last few minutes by RTD to prove him so very wrong by finishing the episode in a blaze of joy, laughter and optimism.

      • Dr. Moo says:

        The explosiveness of the regeneration certainly allows for Matt’s debut episode to be so perfect. As much as I hated the regeneration itself it does lead in nicely to what follows and I can forgive it that to an extent.

      • FrancoPabloDiablo says:

        That prolonged regeneration was just appalling. The only ‘meeting’ that worked was the Doctor giving the Lottery ticket as a wedding present to Donna paid for by her father (particularly as it paid respect to the late actor who played him). The way I rationalise the explosive regeneration was because the Doctor was purposefully putting it off in order to make all these calls. Thankfully The Eleventh Hour was an absolute success.

        • Dr. Moo says:

          I wouldn’t put it past 10 to have deliberately held it off knowing it would be explosive just to spite the next man. It’s just what he’d do.

          • FrancoPabloDiablo says:

            I can’t see the doctor trying to sabotage himself somehow!

          • Edward Delingford says:

            Agree. 10’s main traits were his arrogance and vanity, played up well in Waters of Mars. It’s one of the reasons I find his Doctor so hard to like. While being ‘likeable’ isn’t necessary to make a character compelling and interesting and indeed ‘doctorly’ (Hartnell, Capaldi and Pertwee could all be high handed and dismissive but for me are great doctors), what sets 10 apart is his self-centredness. I found that the smugness and self-satisfied tone of much of the writing and characterisation for 10 overwhelmed the stories during Tennant’s era. It was certainly at its worst with the lamentable Rose as you constantly felt as if you were having your nose rubbed into how ‘wonderful’ 10 was. It didn’t help that Tennant is prone to mugging and gurning as an actor which added an extra layer of irritation. When he plays the doctor’s egotism with a little bit of self-awareness and winking at the camera, it’s much better (hence why10 and Tennant are good in Day of the Doctor) or when 10’s vanity becomes his comeuppance and Tennant plays it straight (Waters of Mars or Midnight) it is also good. Anyhoos, 10’s general ‘dog in a manger’ attitude might indeed have seen him sabotague the Tardis just to spite the man who follows him if he believes that in the body of 10, he is the greatest of all of his regenerations.

  6. Individual of Doom says:

    The Waters of Mars. All other answers are wrong.

  7. Mrs F says:

    TWoM by default. That episode’s a huge downer but none of the others are any good.

  8. The specials year was an opportunity to show the 10th Doctor traveling alone but it wasted that by giving us tonnes of useless companion surrogates anyway. Can I say none of the above as my answer? In my mind the specials never happened and the Doctor regenerated after Journey’s End.

    • Edward Delingford says:

      Correct answer. The specials year was a complete waste of time which only served to throw Tennant’s entire era into the shade and an underwhelming way to farewell RTD. Ultimately RTD’s bombasity and self-indulgence are the lingering reminders of the year topped by the maudlin tripe of TEOT and the whining and snivelling exit of 10. The best part of the specials year was the final moments of TEOT when we finally got rid of 10 and welcomed the wonderful mad man in a box. Those couple of minutes of Matt Smith just blew away the cobwebs and desperately tired gurnings of Tennant and showed us that a show which had begun to fail badly was back in business.

    • Dr. Moo says:

      I wouldn’t call Wilf useless and I liked Jackson Lake. If only they’d been in better stories.

  9. Doc7 says:

    TWoM is a dark masterpiece. The other four are awful, especially TEoT. Ten’s regeneration makes Six’s seem genuinely good by comparison! “I don’t want to go” may well be the worst line ever uttered in the history of the show, which is saying a lot!

    • Dr. Moo says:

      I’d say second worst.

      “Get me out of this place, it’s full of Arabs” – First Doctor, The Daleks’ Master Plan

    • John McJohnson says:

      The way Moffat turned that line on its head in the fiftieth with 11’s comment: He’s always saying that.

      • Dr. Moo says:

        Not just that but also the flirty/arrogant nature of Ten being lampooned throughout the episode. But it’s all done affectionately as if to say we acknowledge past mistakes but it’s okay and we can laugh about it now.

        • Edward Delingford says:

          Moffat could have been quite rightly testy and snarky about how overblown and ego-driven Tennant’s era was, but the gentle and affectionate ribbing in Day of the Doctor with Tennant probably agreeing about some of the obvious mistakes of his era, is nicely done.

          • bar says:

            and contrasts nicely with the serious tone of the meta stuff at the end of Deep Breath, including the fundamental ‘I never said it was your mistake…’ Sort of mea culpa.

      • Edward Delingford says:

        I *loved* the way Moffat completely took the p*ss out of 10 and Tennant in Day of the Doctor. I like to think of it as partly his revenge on how RTD undermined 11’s debut by painting 10 as somehow irreplaceable. Anyway, looked like David loved it too. He must be very aware of how much his final lines in TEOT are disliked and how silly all of those puffed up 10 vanity speeches were. Don’t like his doctor at all, but like that he has a sense of perspective about his time in the Tardis and is happy to have a good laugh at himself along with the rest of us.

        • Dr. Moo says:

          I don’t mind his Doctor. When he’s written well he’s brilliant. Part of what makes The Waters of Mars such a good story is that it plays up his arrogant nature and gives him some much needed comeuppance for it.

        • FrancoPabloDiablo says:

          I don’t think Moff was necessarily taking the p*ss out of Tennant or his portrayal. Much more likely just sticking to an old tradition started in The Three Doctors of Doctors not really being complimentary to each other – but always in a light-hearted way.

    • FrancoPabloDiablo says:

      Is it just me or are “carrot juice, carrot juice, carrot juice” much more profound final words than the wimpy “I don’t want to go”?

    • Edward Delingford says:

      Those lines really are a loadstone for 10 and Tennant and have cast his entire era in a negative light. Although 10 was arrogant,vain and self-centred, he also had some positive traits – charming to the ladies and empathetic to the human race; instead of leaving us with the impression of his more positive characteristics (the way we farewelled 11 with his kindness and optimism at the forefront), we are left with 10’s very worst aspects on display. I always think that if Tennant had stepped off at Journey’s End and if he and RTD had not insisted on having the additional year of specials, his entire era may be more well-regarded today.

  10. bar says:

    TWoM – with those of you who ask why it’s even a question. It goes back to the Azteks question, and proves why you can’t. But especially because of the sublime Linsday Duncan’s natural authority – you believe her role and that she would be the boss. Anyone who licks her face (Sherlock, His Last Vow) has to be killed.

    but yes, Bernard Cribbins lifts EoT from mere fan-pleaser material into moments of depth. Shows he’s not just a comedy actor. I think the way he and DT pull off that little scene in the restaurant is worthy of inclusion in any good ep, and lifts any bad one. They take the audience with them in a way that the overblown, music-heightened emo stuff doesn’t even spoil.

    • Dr. Moo says:

      Lindsay Duncan and Bernard Cribbens may rank among the best guest stars ever in Doctor Who while TWoM ranks among the best episodes. Yet the specials year was otherwise garbage. Was the specials year a failure? No, not really. For out of it must come something good.

      • Edward Delingford says:

        Yep – the madman in the box gleefully looking forward to new adventures. Those last couple of minutes with Matt are still punch-the-air brilliant. At the time it just sent such a sense of excitement through our household after suffering through the excruciating EOTD. I think we all just fell in love with Matt immediately – right there and then. I really don’t think any other actor has *immediately* become the doctor in the way Matt did in that scene – Geronimo!

        • Planet of the Deaf says:

          Funnily I felt the opposite, I just saw this young ‘kid’ who wasn’t the Doctor saying that stupid word Geronimo, which I was dreading was going to be repeated every episode.
          Thankfully after 5 minutes of Eleventh Hour I realised how wrong I was!

  11. WarDoctor says:

    I agree with the general assertion of the other comments that Mars is the best and Time is a bad story. Planet is worst of the lot.

    Can I give a shoutout to the obscure entry to the specials year the animated episode Dreamland starring Georgia Moffett as the companion? The length of a regular 45min episode but animated for some reason. Well worth a watch.

    • Dr. Moo says:

      I’d forgotten about that but you’re right. It’s one of Dr Who’s best kept secrets.

    • Edward Delingford says:

      I found the animation too stilted and stylized for my liking but that was probably all the BBC could get for the money at the time but from memory, the story is a pretty good one. The great David Warner was in it too, wasn’t he? I thought Georgia was just awful in The Doctor’s Daughter (admittedly, the worst episode of the mediocre series 4) but she is pretty good in this. She’s also done some BF and Who audios and is good in those too – excellent American accent from her mother’s side! Pity, she wasn’t able to pass any tips on to her hubby in the accent department!

      • Dr. Moo says:

        I agree about the animation quality but everything else about it was good enough to carry it. As for Mrs Tennant I thought she was okay in The Doctor’s Daughter even though Jenny was not good; are you confusing the actress with the character?

      • WarDoctor says:

        The animation’s okay and you get used to it quickly.

  12. Prsnlty Cmplx #36 says:

    I liked The Next Doctor. If you can get past the daft premise it’s a good story, just a bit of fun. Davids Morrisey and Tennant are great together and DM will be remembered as the best Doctor we never had.

    • Planet of the Deaf says:

      The two Davids together work really well, yes DM definitely would have been a good Doctor.

      In a funny way DM was ‘too’ obviously a Doctor, a Doctor Who by committee if that makes sense

  13. FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    How can it be anything but the Waters Of Mars? No Cyberking monstrosity. No lass from EastEnders in a desert. No Master flying into the air and eating chicken as though KFC was going out of business. Waters Of Mars all The Way. As I think John McJohnson said, possibly the best episode of the revived series and if not then definitely in the top 10!

  14. Marissa says:

    The Waters Of Mars is definitely one of my favourites and is possibly one of the best episodes of all time. Such great acting and emotion put into this beautiful episode. I cried while watching it, such an emotional masterpiece!

  15. The Five Doctors says:

    1. The Waters of Mars – Brilliant story with great side characters and the time lord victorious!

    2. The End of Time – I love this story, the acting is brilliant particularly David Tennant, Matt Smith’s first scene was amazing and a great farewell to my Doctor.

    3. Planet of the Dead – I really enjoy this story for some weird reason. And I really liked Malcolm as a character.

    4. The Next Doctor – very meh episode

  16. Ranger says:

    I’m going to be controversial – after reading all the comments, it’s obvious I am in a lonely position. I liked all the specials, with Planet being the weakest. But my favourite was End. Because it had Sir Bernard in it, because we get to see the Time War, because Donna won the lottery, because it was self-indulgent fan clap-trap, because it was the last good story before the nadir of Matt Smith’s Doctor and the confused show-running of Moffatt (though thank heavens we’re back on track with Capaldi). BecauseTennant’s last line was genius.

    That last sentence is going to garner me a lot of incredulous, scathing comments I’m sure. And I don’t care. You know why it was genius? Because the majority of mankind has had the same thought before dying – and that is what was established in the episode, that regeneration is akin to dying for that particular model of the Doctor. That fantastic scene in the cafe with Wilf tears at my heart. Tennant’s version is the most human seeming of the Doctors with all the faults and petty concerns of humans and yet still transcends them to be a more approachable and understanding Time Lord. I wouldn’t want all of the new Doctors to be this way, and I’m completely loving Capaldi’s version, but as a one-off I appreciate it. And though I agree, the ending was a little self-indulgent, I should imagine before dying most people would want to see their family one last time, and the companions are his family. And I think a little self-indulgence can be forgiven when someone is dying, no?

    I could go on and on about what a great ending to Tennant’s time this was, and why I hated the mockery of it in the 50th (completely disrespectful to RTD). But it would be a fruitless exercise, so we’ll have to agree to disagree. Play nice now!

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