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4.13 - Journey's End

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 3/26/19 11:37 am
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This electrifying finale is the 6th episode in a row to get 10/10 from me and the 4th in a row of those written by Russell T. Davies. He brings his final full series as Showrunner to a wonderful conclusion. The superb Graeme Harper directs as expertly as always and the effects and make up are top notch.

The Daleks are properly menacing and exciting in this story which is great and Davros is magnificently brought back to life by the flawless acting of Julian Bleach who matches original Davros Michael Wisher for creepy, intelligent face offs with the Doctor. The moment he remembers Sarah Jane is magic and overall he manages to return Davros to greatest villain status.

The storyline is epic which is quite challenging at times as so much is jammed in and so many big ideas are thrown at us but it is all internally logical as well as entertaining. The heartbreaking conclusion with Donna was hard to accept but although it is gutting I see it as a huge credit to Davies and the story he has given us because unlike Steven Moffatt who always reversed and cheated his way out of sad events, Davies hammers us with a fate for Donna which is almost more hurtful than if she had died. It is hugely emotional and the acting of Catherine Tate, Bernard Cribbins and David Tennant is phenomenal throughout the story as well as in the tear jerking ending.

Elisabeth Sladen brings joy as Sarah Jane gets a last proper adventure with the Doctor and other great characters Martha, Captain Jack and Rose also get in on the action.

The action, drama and every aspect of this is just great entertainment. 10/10.

Series 4 managed to be even better than the already excellent levels of series 2 and 3 with amazing episodes like Silence in the Library, Forest of the Dead, Midnight, Turn Left and The Stolen Earth supported by consistent quality throughout the rest of the season. Donna was a major plus and David Tennant was at his peak. This is in my opinion the best season of 'NuWho' and in the top 6 seasons of the show ever.

Series 4 Average Rating: 9.07/10
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Reviewed By: Lilwink9632Review Date: 2/26/19 12:26 am
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What I love about this finale is that it makes the Daleks terrifying. The Daleks are at their best when they shown as ruthless, merciless killing machines, which they are in this episode.God the Daleks are so good in this episode, I wish we got more stories like this. I love the return of Davros and the anger in 10s face as Davros taunts him. Donna's exit is also heartbreaking of course. My personal thing is just that I'm not a huge fan of the big reunion of all of 10s companions. It's just not for me. I do like him revisiting them in The End of Time, and like I said earlier I did like Jack in the series 3 finale, it's just that I like when the companions leave, that they leave. That's what brought Martha's exit down for me is that she kept coming back afterwards. There are too many characters, and I think it kind of brings it down in the second part. Again, it's still good and this is just my opinion
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Reviewed By: DalekbusterScreen5ReviewsReview Date: 4/15/17 5:33 pm
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Shared universes are such a big deal currently. With Marvel, DC, LEGO and Sony all offering them as of recent, it's easy to forget that Doctor Who did it first with Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. Like Marvel, it was successful.

The Stolen Earth/Journey's End is a typical RTD bombastic finale and it's all the better for it. The plot sees RTD Era companions and allies of the Doctor attempting to contact the Doctor via the Archangel Network to ask for his help with the Daleks' latest invasion of Earth. Davros and the Daleks are planning on unleashing a reality bomb on all universes (including Pete's World seen in Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel and briefly in Army of Ghosts/Doomsday) in an attempt to destroy reality with the use of twenty six planets and a moon to transmit it (one of them being Earth). There is no doubt this story is completely barking mad but this makes it all the more enjoyable. The two parter feels like a comic book; maybe not a DC one but you could easily imagine Marvel doing this as an Avengers story (well, with Red Skull and Hydra agents instead of Davros and the Daleks).

The inclusion of the spinoffs is also handled nicely; none of them feel shoehorned in and every character seems like they should be there. What's even more impressive is how Russell T Davies managed to include Torchwood (a show that the BBFC rated 15) in such a respectable and family friendly manner. The Torchwood characters don't even feel restrained by the primetime Saturday night slot. Many of the spinoff characters are reduced to small parts (none of them actually join the Doctor but help from the sidelines, so to speak) but it's just great to see them in the main show. Mr Smith, Luke, Gwen, Ianto... who didn't want to see any of these characters appear in Doctor Who back in 2008? It's the same thrill that many get from seeing Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and now Spider-Man onscreen together.

This story features one of my favourite scenes: that of the Doctor, Metacrisis Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Rose Tyler, Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith, Martha Jones, Captain Jack Harkness and Donna Noble all together piloting the TARDIS back to its correct location. It's a magical moment to see all these great characters share screentime together; this many companions in the TARDIS at once had never been done before and hasn't been done since. There's a wonderful sense of joy; of excitement and wonder, like Russell T Davies unleashed his inner child and threw all his toys together out the toy box. This felt as much like a celebration of the Russell T Davies era as it did an epic conclusion to series 4.

As usual, David Tennant is on top form as the 10th Doctor and shows exactly why he is my favourite Doctor. His 'regeneration' is so convincing that you wonder if he will actually regenerate into the next Doctor rather than abort it somehow. Of course, he manages to divert it to remain 'The Doctor' but for a second you wonder if he will change. Oh, and Elisabeth Sladen yet again made me wish she'd stay on as companion. Billie Piper's second exit is sad if anticlimatic. Noel Clarke and Camille Coduri are the scene-stealers they always were during Russell T Davies' time as showrunner. Catherine Tate demonstrates exactly why many consider her to be among the best companion s with a tragic departure. Freema Ageyman is still the good thing about Martha, even if I don't totally like her character. Everybody is on top form, including Murray Gold who delivers some brilliant music as always.

Overall, The Stolen Earth/Journey's End proved shared universes worked before Marvel Studios (although I'm sure some will argue that Marvel did it within their comics) with a brilliantly barking mad comicbook-esque story that feels like an epic conclusion to Russell T Davies' last full series as showrunner.
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Reviewed By: AshantaiReview Date: 7/1/14 1:16 am
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A poor conclusion to the previous story.