Tenth Doctor: The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End (dual review)

stolen-earthWriter: Russell T. Davies

Director: Graeme Harper

Producer: Phil Collinson

Series: 4, episodes 12 and 13

Companions: Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Mickey Smith (Noel Clark), and Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen)

Summary: Davros has moved the Earth and several other planets. Rose Tyler has returned from her parallel reality. The Daleks have invaded Earth.

Review: When Doctor Who spawned two spin-offs, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood, This was the story I was anticipating. A story with stakes so high, Torchwood and Sarah Jane’s kids would have to help. It’s essentially like those crossover events that we often see in comics.

It was great to see Davros back. He’s one of my all-time favorite villains, and I’d wondered where he’d been since the Daleks were running around. My favorite moment had to be when Rose shot the Dalek with her BFG. That’s why I don’t get why people hate Rose Tyler so much.

My only gripe in this is that this is when the Doctor should have regenerated. I still don’t understand why the Meta-Crisis Doctor was necessary (and no, don’t bring up “Time of the Doctor”. That wasn’t even a story at this time). I can handle Donna’s exit because at least she wasn’t killed off unnecessarily.

Continuity: The Shadow Proclamation is finally seen, as it was first mentioned in “Rose”. The Doctor mentions the Lost Moon of Poosh, which he learned of in “Midnight”. The Third Doctor was also shot by a Dalek in “Planet of the Daleks”. This episode shows that Davros replaced his hand he lost in “Revelation of the Daleks”. Callufrax Minor, one of the moved planets, could be the miniaturized  version of Callufrax from “The Pirate Planet”.

Trivia: This story holds the record for most companions, a record that was originally set in “The Chase”.

 

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