But, as to the finale? Well, I kind of like it.
I think it was utter, utter tosh, but I still like it.
It sort of helps that I have never got myself invested in Who beyond, "hmm, I wonder what it'll be like this week?" Never been a shipper, never cared too much one way or the other. I've occasionally read unsavoury undertones into episodes, but I don't get vehement about that (because I know as well as anyone that you can read anything into anything if you try hard enough, and television has websites devoted to common misogynistic, racist, ageist, classist and sizist tropes.)
It seemed a combination of creepy and sweet that Rusty should bow out this way. He got to do what he always wanted to do, and to his credit, he still showed it as being problematic. So. There's me not feeling hypocritical enough to condemn a writer for being self-indulgent, yet again.
I'm mostly upset about Donna, because it seemed cruel to give a character such a fantastic arc and then to cut it short, wipe her memories. Donna really grew and I enjoyed her more than the other companions 9 or 10 have had. But once again, this was portrayed as a tragic and not a happy ending, and I guess I appreciate that. And, you know, there's hope for Donna. She had it in her once, she could have it in her again. She's Super Temp!
Basically, I liked the fan service, and I like that most of the time it actually serviced the story. It was really very funny in parts (it has to be said --- Tennant kind of rocks) and it was sad and tragic in others. And it was better than Jesus!Doctor, in my estimation. It didn't feel like it had been a squandered opportunity, like last time.
So, yeah. I thought it was fine, content wise. Completely illogical in all sorts of ways (why would Rose mind 10 regenerating when she's already loved 9? Surely she'd be the one who'd be all 'hey, it's going to be fine! OH SHIT, IT'S COLIN BAKER. Not really.'?) But logic never has been Doctor Who's strong suit.
Presentation-wise, though? I thought for a second we had another Lord of the Rings on our hands (this is a story that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends.) To start with, we have an automatic handwave of the massive cliffhanger. Nothing annoys me more than that, even if it was there to set up a major plotpoint. You would think the Doctor (either one), would know not to go charging towards anything with a great big weapon by now, wouldn't you? And why the hell did Donna just hang about once she'd gone after the ray-thing? Oh, right, for the deus ex machina. And that was seriously overplayed this episode too. "Wait, my alarm is going off - use your transporty thing instead of getting vapourised!" Well, that was nice and convenient...
I really need to decide to either watch this show and love it despite its failings, or just give it up, because whenever I watch it I mostly feel a profound, 'eh'. I just do not think it is That Great. The themes may resonate with me, but they're so cloaked in melodrama that I find myself not caring.
Oh, no. The Doctor's alone. Again. He's done it to himself. Again. Right now, it would be good to mix it up a little. Show some bravery. I'm hoping the slight change in format will help that, because we've got another diehard romantic taking the helm who's all about playing it safe and checking the ticky-boxes.
This became slightly more scathing than I intended it to, especially when, as I said, I actually liked it.