So, now I’ve seen it. Doctor Who. “Journey’s End.”
Last week I posted some theories. “The Stolen Earth,” the fourth season’s penultimate episode, posed a number of questions, and suggested certain possibilities, and I offered my thoughts on what everything meant, and where “Journey’s End” would likely go.
Well, it really wasn’t a surprise, that. I don’t think anyone expected to see Jamie McCrimmon. 🙂
But what about my other theories? How did I do there?
Let’s take a look, shall we?
- No Eleventh Doctor. I called that one, but that was based entirely on knowing that David Tennant had already filmed the Christmas special (and there’s a trailer for it after “Journey’s End,” which shows him looking all concerned), and that he said he began filming the 2009 specials in January 2009. So, this one was a gimme.
- Francine Jones has the Masters ring. There had to be, I thought, some reason that Francine appeared in “The Stolen Earth.” But what? I wondered. And then it came to me — Francine had the Master’s Ring (from “Last of the Time Lords”… and she was going to use it, channeling all the Master’s evil. Look at “Last of the Time Lords.” Look at how the Year That Never Was broke Francine’s spirit. She would have been a receptive vessel for the Master’s evil. And there’s no other viable candidate for picking up the Master’s ring — Lucy Saxon’s name is tossed around, but she would have been in prison, possibly its psyche ward; and who else is there that we’ve seen? So, Francine had the ring, she was going to become the Master, and… Well, Francine appeared in two scenes in “Journey’s End.” She cowered under a coffee table. She ran outside when the Earth was back. And the Master’s ring? Never turned up. Called that one completely wrong.
- Donna is the Heart of the TARDIS. Way off. Way, way off. Donna was an ordinary human, who gained the Doctor’s mind by accident.
- The most faithful companion is the TARDIS itself. The episode didn’t even answer this one. I suppose that Donna’s fate could be a metaphorical fulfillment of Dalek-Caan’s prophecy that “the most faithful companion will suffer everlasting death.” But that’s a fucking cop-out. We’ve already had that with Rose “This is the story of how I died” Tyler in “Army of Ghosts”/”Doomsday.” It could, in fact, be the TARDIS that Dalek-Caan meant, given that the Daleks attempted to immolate the TARDIS in the heart of the Crucible. Who fucking knows?
- Roses breaking through the walls between the worlds weakened reality enough for Dalek-Caan to free Davros from the timelocked Time War. Well, breaking through the walls did weaken reality, but there’s no indication that Rose’s actions led to Dalek-Caan’s breaking of the Time Lock. This one can go either way.
- The Darkness is unconnected to the Medusa Cascade. The episode didn’t address the Darkness. It was mentioned, but it didn’t seem to be related to anything. Except that it began once the cannon that sent people across the void was developed. So, it could be that Rose’s actions led to the Darkness. I have no idea, though. This one’s dangling.
- Donna still has one of the beetles on her back. Alas, no. Completely wrong here.
- Reset button. There needed to be one. There wasn’t. What happens is so ridiculous that it needs to be reset. The Earth? Towed through interstellar space by the TARDIS? And then everything’s fine? Nonsense.
- I hope we see Tish Jones. Nope. Dammit!
Did I get anything right?
Not enough to bother next time. I was expecting some big and cosmic and all Crisis on Infinite Earths. Instead, it was pretty stupid.
Well, there’s still the Christmas special coming! The Cybermen! Victorian England! It’s going to be a blast! 🙂