Writer: Russell T. Davies
Director: Euros Lyn
Producer: Tracie Simpson
Running Time: 3 hours, divided into 2 90-minute parts
Companion: Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbons)
Summary: It is Christmas Day. Wilfred Mott has stepped into a church for the first time in years, and discovers a TARDIS in a stained glass window. Bad dreams are plaguing the Ood and humanity. The Master has returned from the dead once more. All of these events threaten the very fabric of time itself. And the Doctor’s song is ending once more.
Review: Era finales are almost always epic, as they should be. My three favorite finales are “Logopolis”, “The War Games”, and “The Caves of Androzani”. Does this measure up to the classic’s regenerations? In some ways, it was pretty good. I liked that it wrapped up as many threads as possible, and it was good to see Wilfred help the Doctor. (This is my favorite episode featuring him). There was great action and a tearjerking final scene that still tugs at Tennant fans’s hearts to this day.
However, it has its problems. John Simm chews the scenery way too much, even more so than he did earlier in the his role. Also, the final battle between the Doctor and The Master feels too much like Star Wars, with the Master wielding energy like Emperor Palpatine does The Force. Despite these flaws, it’s still a fitting end to the Tennant Era.
Overall Review: 7/10
Continuity: This story marks the second time The Doctor has died alone (the first being “The War Games”). Torchwood fell in its series finale, “Children of Earth”. (although Big Finish recently brought it back with a new cast.) This is also the third time the Doctor has died of radiation (It happened to the Third Doctor in “Planet of the Spiders” and to the Sixth Doctor in Big Finish’s retcon “The Last Adventure”)
Trivia: This is the only episode so far where the villain is given top billing in the opening credits. Verity Newman, the writer of “Impossible Things” is named after Verity Lambert, Doctor Who’s first producer, and Sydney Newman, the show’s creator.