Ten Time Lords:
- The Magician (Companions of Doctor Who novel Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma)
- Serenadellatrovella (Past Doctor Adventure novel World Game)
- Kelner (The Invasion of Time)
- Runcible (The Deadly Assassin)
- The Partisan (The End of Time, Part Two)
- Drax (The Armageddon Factor)
- Valyes (Big Finish audio Gallifrey: Lies)
- Flavia (The Five Doctors)
- Pandorastrumnelliahanfloriana (New Adventures novel Tragedy Day)
- Thalia (Arc of Infinity)
So, back to The End of Time. Here's what I didn't like as much about it:
Lucy Saxon. So, Lucy Saxon, who by her own admission has never been that bright, contacts her family from prison and is able to describe the potions used in the Master's resurrection ritual in enough detail for them to develop a countermeasure, which they sneak into the prison by way of a single guard whose personal loyalty opposition to Lucy is overlooked when the new governor comes in with her own retinue of guards. I mean, I can handwave it away—it's not unreasonable to assume the Master explained the ritual to her in great detail on the assumption that she would be the one to undertake it, and let's say Mrs. Trefusis allowed Lucy to keep her favorite guard on the assumption that she was still loyal to him even though she was the one who shot him—but it strikes me as sloppy storytelling. Which God knows I'm used to as a longtime Doctor Who fan, but in this case I don't see that it was at all necessary. There are plenty of ways for the ritual to have gone wrong without introducing a grand conspiracy into the mix.
The valedictory sequence. By which I mean the last 15 minutes or so, where we see the Doctor running around saying goodbye to his former companions before regenerating. On the one hand, it's something that seems very in character for this Doctor, who has always had something of a melancholy, self-pitying streak to him. Of course he would want to go around and see the old gang one more time, to make his despair over regenerating that much more complete. But it seems to me that actually showing him do it crosses the line from good characterization to self-congratulatory fan service. Not that I'm opposed to fan service in general—I read way too much fanfic to make that claim—but something about this rubbed me wrong. Maybe it's just that this particular fan wasn't all that interested in seeing it. But as I said the other day, I did enjoy the scene with the Doctor and Joan's grand-daughter in the bookstore, so I can't say I didn't like it at all. And I'm not sure how they might have conveyed the idea of the Doctor going around to see his old friends without showing it. Still, it bothered me.
That's it, really. It was a very strong finish, if not a perfect one. And of course the great thing about it is that it wasn't the end of the line at all, just a transfer station. I'm excited to see what comes next, because it's going to be great, I know it.