Published on July 13th, 2008 | by Simon Mills
The “Turn Left After The Stolen Earth And Straight On To Journey’s End” Edition
Wowzer! Love it or hate it, the finale sure had an impact on viewing figures after the regeneration cliffhanger at the end of The Stolen Earth which achieved 8.8m viewers. Unofficial figures put the total at 9.8m (count them!) for Journey’s End which is on a par with last Christmas’ Voyage of The Damned. So, whether you felt cheated by the resolution to the cliffhanger or not, the fact remains that it added around 1m viewers to the total that might not have otherwise watched. Clever RTD! For more fun with facts and figures, try Broadcastnow where they reveal that the average figure for Doctor Who over it’s 13 week run was 7.3m. Now that’s a healthy figure!
What a complete and utter stunning revelation Catherine Tate has been over the past 13 weeks, eh? Who would have thought that she’d be such a hit as “just a temp from Chiswick” Donna Noble? Certainly not yours truly. Kopic was prepared to reserve judgement when she was announced last year as the new companion, but even so… Comments such as “Catherine Tate made a surprise success” abound and never a truer has been spoken. OK, maybe it has, but allow Kopic his moment of hyperbole, eh?
The Liverpool Echo has a neatly written review of Journey’s End, which encapsulates RTD’s style of TV nicely
Journey’s End was storytelling on an epic scale, with Russell T Davies racing forward and steamrollering any plot holes by throwing everything he could think of up on screen [...] It was messy, but it was breathtaking [...] but Davies got it exactly right with two of the episode’s quieter moments [...]
Read the article and see if you agree with what those two moments were. Kopic does! The article also mentions Donna’s fate
While the much- vaunted death of a companion didn’t happen, the Doctor stripping all that away from Donna to save her life was heart-breaking and propelled this episode from merely good into great.
Why not pop on over to the Kasterborous forum (free registration required) and join the debate on this plot point?
“Enough of the past! What of the future?” Kopic hears you cry! Well, The Telegraph has a nice article looking at the next two years of Doctor Who and quotes Julie Gardner on the subject of the “gap year”
“Isn’t it a marvellous thing?” Gardner says. “Our main motivation for giving Doctor Who a break is that we want the audience to remember how much they love it. Come 2010, we want people to be cheering its return.”
Whilst Kopic isn’t so sure about it being “marvellous” he does understand the reasoning behind it. We all need a break now and then, even from something we love doing. She goes on to explain more about the punishing schedule
“It’s been a very intense four years [...] Making 13 episodes of Doctor Who is a year-long job. We film from July to March. In between March and July we’re in post-production. For Journey’s End [...] we delivered the finished programme to the BBC the Wednesday before transmission. That’s how close to the wire it is.”
The article also quotes Julie on when the four specials will air, the first of which…
"…will go out this Christmas. The next will go out the following Easter. The other specials have yet to be scheduled, although one will definitely be on at Christmas 2009.”
Kopic votes that the third one be shown in September when the kids are back into the school routine and the evenings are getting darker and Saturdays are cold and wet with nothing to do… In other words BACK IN IT’S PROPER SLOT IN THE SCHEDULES AND OUR HEARTS!
Den of Geek poses a very interesting question, or rather posits an answer to an unasked question… namely “Why Doctor Who is crying out for new monsters”. Steven Moffat has a massive challenge ahead of him – what monsters can he re-use or create to rival the Daleks and Cybemen in their pulling power?
[...] it was Moffat who consistently came up with the creepiest villains. Most, however, could only be used once. The boy in the gas mask and the fearsome angels you couldn’t imagine working as effectively again, while the clockwork monsters weren’t the highlight of The Girl In The Fireplace. And while the shadows from Silence In The Library we’d love to meet again, there’s not an awful lot more you can say about a shadow than was already revealed in the two-parter. Plus, they’d make crappy action figures, which wouldn’t be lost within the corridors of the BBC. [...] Season five, our guess, is likely to feature at least two out of three of Daleks, Cyberman and The Master, and short of bringing back the kind of Renegade vs Imperial Dalek war of old, it’s going to be a ripe old challenge to dig out much new to say about any of them. Unless we can have a full episode of the Daleks in Germany, of course.
Speaking of Den of Geek, you should go and check out their Doctor Who page – not the prettiest of pages, for sure, but a comprehensive listing of all their Doctor Who content, some of it very interesting, indeed! Take a look at a story from the Troughton era, for example, that very nearly actually happened… “The Kinkiest Lost Doctor Who Story? The Doctor up against sexy latex-clad stormtroopers?” .