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06 July 2008 @ 05:53 pm
Journey's End  

Talk about your metacrisis, eh?

*rim shot*

I don't feel up to a proper post about the whole episode, but some things:

1. That Doctor's excuse for leaving not!Ten with Rose doesn't make a whole lot of sense based on what we saw of him. Not just because it's perfectly possible to argue that the Doctor himself is still full of rage and revenge on occasion, but because what we actually see is not!Ten making a rational decision--leaving the Daleks to survive would still be the end of everything, even without the 'reality bomb'--and then taking steps to deal with that. He wasn't full of rage or bent on revenge; he did what needed to be done, and fairly calmly at that. Which is hypocritical on the Doctor's part (just as his anger with Jack for using guns doesn't make a whole lot of sense when he directly benefits from Jack's willingness to use guns on several occasions), but it's also just *wrong*. Because we also see not!Ten being happy, amused, and kind to Donna (telling her how special she is, etc.), and never see what the Doctor accuses him of. He's not at all in the place Nine was; he's already been changed--by Rose, but also by Martha and especially by Donna, and not just because there's apparently a little bit of Donna in him. She's been changing him all season, and not!Ten appears to have reaped the benefits of that just as much as the Doctor himself.

2. I'm really disappointed in the resolution of Donna's plot line. It's not just because of the memory wipe, though it would have been easy to show her reacting to something else that could give her the nudge the Doctor gave her, or even just reacting a little differently to the news; it's certainly an ending that can be retconned or fixed with fanfic, but why should it have to be? It should be in the episode *itself*, at least a hint, that Donna will recover her awesomeness, rather than leaving the viewers to do the work and leaving the episode on the note that Donna will just go back to the way she was and stay like that, our last view of her gossipy and incurious.* No, the thing that really bothers me is that the resolution of the plot tells us that what was special about Donna, why timelines converged on her, was that she had/would have the Doctor's mind. That's a far cry from saying that Donna herself is special, and it bothers me because the character that we watched all season emphatically *was* special, on her own terms, not because she could suddenly think like a Time Lord. Everything that the Doctor said to Wilf and Sylvia at the end of the episode, about the way Donna had changed the universe, was absolutely, beautifully true, and she did it all as Donna Noble. Not as DoctorDonna. It's the same problem I have with Bad Wolf, even down to the fact that it just *happens* to both Donna and Rose, and is not actually part of a decision that they make, because they have no idea what will happen to them when they touch the hand/open up the TARDIS. Donna didn't choose to become DoctorDonna; Rose didn't choose to become Bad Wolf. Once they've got the extra powers or whatever, they use them in their own particular ways, yes; but they didn't choose to take them on. And those extras shouldn't be--aren't--what make them special. Yet all those prophecies and hints, the echo of Bad Wolf throughout S1, are not about Donna and Rose, but about the more-than-human hybrids they become, and not even because they chose to do so. I can't rally behind that, and it's a letdown for me, a disappointing way for brilliant Donna Noble to go out. It doesn't make her any less special, I suppose, but it means that her particular brand of specialness plays no part in resolving the plot.

*Also, I appreciate the fact that the Doctor had words with Sylvia, but her cold "I think you should leave" reaction gives me no hope that Sylvia will change her behavior in any way. So I don't think the nudge will be coming from that quarter.
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
katesutton on July 6th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
I think we have what Ten said and what actually happened. Ten 2.0 did what Original!Ten did AND what Rose did; he destroyed the Daleks to save people. Nothing wrong with that. It's not like the Daleks are ever, ever going to have an epiphany and stop being evil. But the Doctor just can't see it that way. He's not ever going to stop guilting himself over that and the other Ten would be a constant reminder. Add to that the fact that Davros' accusations are only what the Doctor believes anyway-he makes his companions' lives worse. So he sends all of them away, whether he needs to or not. It was a very sad end for our Doctor, that's certain. I kind of hoped RTD would let the character progress a bit more.
tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on July 6th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
I think you're probably right about that; it's a reasonable decision, the only real possibility, but the Doctor doesn't see it that way. The problem, perhaps, is that it comes off in the episode as though Ten is just wagging his finger at his other self; the moment is glossed over too fast or something, because it doesn't play for me. (Same as with Davros' accusations; some in-text follow-up would have been good, as opposed to having to extrapolate so much.)