So, Doctor Who bows out for now with another slightly bonkers, but hugely enjoyable and fun finale and one which leaves the show and audience asking ‘Doctor who’?
If memory serves, the question hasn’t been asked as blatantly in the series since 1999‘s Silver Nemesis when Lady Peinforte asked Ace: “Doctor who? Have you never wondered where he came from? Who he is?”
We didn’t find out the answer then and it may not be the same answer today – time travel (not to mention changes of production teams) does things like that to a Time Lord’s backstory.
Actually I’m hoping the question isn’t answered anytime soon – the series could do with a bit of mystery and intrigue which isn’t answered a few weeks after being introduced.
Having previously criticised Steven Moffat for a lack of continuity and back references, let me applaud him for a generous helping of both last night, even if one dose was sadly a tribute to Nicholas Courtney’s Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
Though it was far from perfect, I’ve enjoyed this series far more than last year’s. So much so that I’ve pre-ordered the series 6 boxset before last night’s episode even aired.
After last year’s superb Christmas special I have high expectations for the 2011 festive offering.
It’s a shame that due to yet another example of BBC short sightedness that BBC Three’s companion show Doctor Who Confidential is being axed. BBC controllers and bosses have a long history of stupid decisions, this is just the latest.
Confidential is a show which draws one of the largest audiences for the channels, which recoups some production costs from the DVD sales and both educates and informs viewers.
Given the amount of guff BBC Three airs, there’s plenty of better targets for the axe.
If you want to lobby the BBC to regain some of its sanity and save Confidential, some wise souls have set up the twitter account @SaveDWC where you can find details of a petition just waiting for your signature.