Reviewed By: Mercury
Review Date: 12/7/18 1:04 pm
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This is the second part of the two part season finale. This part is really excellent in almost every way. The only real downside to this episode is the unlikely plot element when it is revealed the Daleks have been controlling human society via Satellite 5 for many generations to supposedly set up an attack on Earth is an extremely convoluted and pretty unconvincing plot when a simple attack could have been simply carried out by a Dalek fleet without all of that effort beforehand.
The Doctor, Rose and Jack are on Satellite 5 as the Daleks attack and they all do their part to try to heroically stop the Dalek Emperor and his fleet. The episode has great drama, great action, great effects, great emotion and great script. The acting of the 3 heroes is great with John Barrowman, Billie Piper and Chris Eccleston all at their best. The Daleks are properly formidable and impressive with great voice performance by Nicholas Briggs.
In addition to the great adventure we also get a regeneration! Eccleston is replaced by David Tennant as The Doctor regenerates at the end of the episode. I was very worried but it turned out Tennant was going to be my second favourite Doctor behind only the legendary Tom Baker. Obviously the excitement of a regeneration adds to the qualities of the episode.
All of that outweighs the unconvincing part of the central plot which would normally drop my rating a couple of points. I feel I still have to take half a point off for this seemingly illogical planning by the Daleks so I rate this 9.5/10 which happily I still round up to ten for this site anyway haha. For the two parter my score is 17/10 therefore 8.5/10.
Russell T. Davies did a great job bringing Doctor Who back to our screens so successfully and this first series of the returned show was of good quality with some superb stories. A few less impressive episodes mean this series was not amongst the best in the show's history but it is a strong medium level season of Doctor Who. Christopher Eccleston was a great actor to bring the series back and portrayed the strength and the edgier, more thoughtful parts of the role really well. He struggled a little with the lighter more comedic aspects which he more recently admits were behind his discomfort that lead to him leaving. He looks slightly uncomfortable when acting more humorous scenes.
Series 1 Average Rating (therefore also all Christopher Eccleston episodes average): 8.38/10