3.8. A nice enough story but the magical ending left me perturbed. Yet
another RTD story with a rushed ending where someone other than the
Doctor is the hero. I mean, does the man have a template he uses?
So the Tardis is a wish fulfillment device. All you have to do is
forcibly crack open the console and the genie comes out and grants you
your every wish. Resurrect dead people? No problem. Destroy Daleks with
a Jedi Knight like push of the hand? No problem? The Tardis is supposed
to be psychic and is supposed to have a psychic link to the Doctor and
Rose. So why didn't it willingly open up and let Rose perform her magic
act without her having to resort to chains and a tow truck?
Yes, yes, I got all the references to God-like powers. The emperor
Dalek called his minions "brethren". WE GET IT. I guess we're supposed
to consider this clever writing and foreshadowing and all that, but I
found it to be a load of crap.
And, as long as I'm complaining about stupid plotting, for crying out
loud, it's 200,000 years in the future and humans still use guns to
defend themselves? Small metal projectiles is the best we can do? In
all of the 200,000 years since Rose was born we haven't adapted one
piece of alien weaponry, haven't invented one energy beam weapon? Let's
get real. Anne Droid used a beam type weapon in the previous story.
(Aim for the eyestalk indeed!)
Eccleston's gone. Good bye. He was getting to be quite one-dimensional
and practically a victim. I never really warmed up to him. He didn't
have an ounce of charm and seemed pissed off all the time, fake smile
and overdone "Fantastic!" notwithstanding. I didn't get why he took a
shine to Lynda (with a Y); for a while there I thought she was going to
be another companion, though I couldn't see one skill or advantage she
could bring to Tardis. David Tennant can only be an improvement.