Four seasons, four full seasons of television have been building to this series 4 finale. Like cockroaches, the Daleks somehow managed to survive, return to power and threaten the entire universe This time however, the Daleks returned with their creator, Davros, and have found a way to wipe out all of reality. By stealing planets and aligning them in the correct order, the Daleks have created a power source capable of enhancing their reality bomb (a weapon with the ability to destroy reality) to reach the entire universe. To save the day, the Doctor and his companions must band together and destroy the Dalek’s new empire.
The Doctor’s companions seem to crawl out of the woodwork when the Earth is stolen and humanity itself is threatened. Official companions Donna Noble, who is the Doctor’s companion for all of Series 4, Sarah Jane and Martha Jones, the Series 3 companion, ban together to help save the Earth. Unofficial companions also join the battle. Captain Jack, head of Torchwood, returns and puts his inability to be killed to good use. Mickey Smith returns from the parallel universe and even brings Jackie Tyler. Though it was nice to see all the mentioned characters again, nothing made me happier than seeing the triumphant return of Rose Tyler.
This hour long episode of Doctor Who was the most enjoyable hour of television I have had the pleasure of watching. Each character that returned was a wave of happiness and nothing was more satisfying than seeing the Doctor and his companions fly the TARDIS, and with it the earth, home. No episode better showcases the wit, skill and absolute brilliance of the Doctor Who team of writers. Everything that Doctor Who fans crave happens in this episode. Rose Tyler returns across a universe to see her Doctor one more time. Donna Noble finally realizes how important her role in the universe is. The Doctor’s secret army, his companions whose lives he has changed forever, ban together to save the Earth in the Doctor’s absence and they all survive (except for Captain Jack but death doesn’t really faze him). Despite all of this however, the show cannot leave us with simple happiness. Once again, the show left me devastated.
Last time it was Rose Tyler leaving the universe but this time it was Donna Noble. After a full season of self doubt and some fairly horrible events (getting a “fake” family in the library, having her history rewritten, destroying Pompei ect.) Donna is finally given her moment to shine. Inadvertently sparking some of the Doctor’s energy, Donna becomes the first half human half Time Lord. Using the knowledge she gained from the Doctor, Donna single handedly saves all of reality. Releasing the Doctor and his army, Donna helps to right the wrongs the Daleks caused and returned everybody to their rightful places. Once the day is saved and Donna’s rightful place in the universe is revealed, it becomes clear what sacrifice she must make. Reality could have only been saved by a human Tim Lord but there is a reason a human Time Lord has never existed. Donna’s mind cannot handle the knowledge and power that comes with being a Time Lord. To continue living, she must forget that she is a Time Lord which means she must forget anything that could remind her of the Time Lords. To save her life, the Doctor must erase every memory of himself and their time together from Donna Noble’s head.
Where Rose Tyler was originally stuck in another world without the Doctor, she at least had her memories with him. Donna is afforded no such luxury. Instead, to keep her alive, the Doctor himself must wipe every happy memory they had together from her mind. Doctor Who proves itself to be an outstanding television show. Easily taking me through a vast range of emotions in a single hour, this finale makes me wonder what is going to happen to this amazing show when David Tennant lets go of the reigns and the Doctor regenerates.
If you have never seen Doctor Who, this may probably will not make sense to you. I have recently started watching the reboot of Doctor Who, starting with the ninth Doctor. Also, if you haven’t seen the end of the 2005 or 2006 season, the ninth doctor and the first season of the tenth doctor, SPOILER ALERT, EXTERMINATE, SPOILER ALERT
I have held off as long as physically possible before posting about Doctor Who because once I start, I fear it will be very difficult to stop. The show started in 1963 and ran until 1996, chronically the adventures of the time traveling Doctor and his many companions that he picks up along the way. The Doctor (doctor who you may ask?) is in fact an alien and has the ability to, instead of dying, drastically change his appearance and personality so the same actor has NOT played the Doctor since 1963. There have been, to date, eleven doctors. In 1996, Doctor Who took a long hiatus until BBC decided to pick up and reboot the show in 2005. BBC restarted the show in such a way that the new generation of Doctor Who fans (expressly people like me) could start watching the 2005 episodes and not be lost in the slightest (well not more lost than the characters on the show). The show is still cranking out new episodes today but I have only just starting watching the show’s reboot.
It didn’t take me long to finish the 2005 and 2006 season. The ninth doctor left us at the end of the 2005 season, giving us the best Doctor so far, David Tennant. I found the end of Series 1 (the 2005 season) to be very difficult to watch and cope with, considering it was the first time we saw the Doctor change appearance and personality. While it was tough to watch that, it didn’t come close to preparing me for the end of series 2. Series 2 ended with an all out battle between the Cybermen and the Daleks that was ripping a whole between two parallel universes and threatening to destroy both of them. The final two episodes both opened with Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) admitting that this was the story of her death. Rose however, does not actually die; what happens to Rose is much worse. The series ends with Rose being trapped in another universe, a universe without the Doctor.
It is quite difficult to explain the true devastation I felt when I realized what was happening. I could deal with the Doctor changing appearance again and I could even deal with Rose Tyler dying. I didn’t want her to die but I had spent the entire episode preparing for the increasingly likely possibility. What I wasn’t prepared for at all and couldn’t deal with was what happened. Rose was separated from the Doctor, doomed to live in a parallel universe forever without the Doctor. Those of you that have seen more of the Doctor than I have are probably laughing at me right now because, judging by the whole tone of the show I’m sure Rose and the Cybermen are going to return but I’m devastated none the less. I can’t imagine seeing what Rose saw and then being forced to live a normal life….well as normal of a life as she can in a parallel universe. Then to add insult to injury, Rose and the Doctor are able to talk one last time. Rose is able to tell the Doctor her feelings for him but the tear in the universe closes before the Doctor is able to reciprocate the gesture.
In the two season that I have seen so far, Doctor Who has proven time and time again that it is one of, if not the best show on television. The last two episodes of Series 2 were not only epic in themselves, but they were shocking and devastating all at the same time. It was an amazing episode and though I’m quite upset about the outcome of events, the it was absolutely perfect. I know I will be devastated again in the future but I can’t wait to see where the Doctor is going to take me next.
Not many people know this but the network NBC has been torturing me for months now. I’m not exactly sure how long ago it was that I saw the trailer that I have posted above these words but I’m fairly certain it was over a year ago. What I am certain of is that fact that I fell in love with this show five seconds into the trailer. I spent months scouring the Internet for any clue as to when Awake would air and found nothing. Back in August 2011, I was certain that it would premier during the Fall Season but nope, no sign of Awake. Logically, my next thought was that the show would air after the winter break, possibly replacing a show that didn’t catch and was canceled. Much to my disappointment, the show once again was not aired. I was beginning to lose hope until an add for Awake played during the Superbowl, saying that the show was to begin in March and now today, during NBC comedy night, the network finally told me that the pilot episode is going to air on Thursday March 1st at 10, 9c.
If my little story about waiting for Awake didn’t clue you in, I am unreasonably excited for this television show. There isn’t a television trailer in memory that has looked more promising than Awake. The concept for the show is incredibly unique. A man gets in a car crash with his wife and son and when he recovers, he is living in two worlds. In one world, his son is alive but his wife passed away in the crash. When he goes to sleep and wakes up he is in the other world, where his son did not survive the crash but his wife did. It is difficult to accept the amount of potential this show has. Beyond the physiological aspects of what is happening in the man’s head, the show’s plot can go in a number of different ways. It can stay strictly psychological or it can take a turn for the supernatural. Either way, I cannot wait to see what they do. I strongly urge anybody reading this to tune into NBC in two weeks for the pilot episode and if you miss it, you can be certain I will post to let everybody know how it is.