Die, Rose, Die (or wishful thinking for a Doctor Who finale)

Naw. Wishful thinking, that. When I first heard rumours that a companion was supposed to die in this finale, I was hoping for it to be Rose. I’m annoyed at the whole Doctor/Rose romance and would love to see it squashed forever. Ah, well, in my dreams.

I’ve just spent the last week watching *all* of the previous Doctor Who new series episodes courtesy of Youtube (a tip if you’re to do that: watch them in sequence, which is not the way I did it), and I’ve learned a few things:

  • Billie Piper’s overbite seems to have gotten worse over the years;
  • I would have liked Rose but the thing with the Doctor just changes everything (have I mentioned that I’m really annoyed by the whole Doctor/Rose star-crossed lovers thing?);
  • I really, really like Captain Jack (and, knowing the prehistory in Doctor Who now, I appreciate Torchwood even more. Time to watch season 1 of that, I suppose — yay for Youtube);
  • Martha Jones was a fairly ineffectual Companion (or perhaps Freema Agyeman just isn’t a very good actress); and
  • I really don’t like Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor at all — not just because of his idiocy in quitting before it started but because he just really sucked. Kind of wishy washy, kind of meh. (Best thing he ever did for Doctor Who, quitting.)

Having gotten that sneak peek at some of what was going to happen in this episode after watching those few seconds of Confidential, I knew that my wish for Rose to be dead wasn’t going to be fulfilled. In fact, in a way, the Whoniverse made sure that the complete opposite occurred. I mentally prepared myself while I waited, worrying that I’d be even more disappointed than I was expecting…

It was fucking brilliant.

So absolutely brilliant that I will forgive them for making Rose and the Doctor happy in the end. The creation of the ultimate Doctor/Donna makes up for everything else. Have I mentioned before how much I love the Doctor and Donna together? This is even better — a smarter Donna and a less timelordy Doctor, even ignoring that they gave the quirkier Doctor to Rose. Awesome.

Favourite parts of the episode:

Donna hitting on Captain Jack (\
Donna hitting on Captain Jack after the doctor heals himself without regenerating (“You can hug me if you like.” “No, really, you can HUG me.”) and the later pushing aside of Sarah Jane in order to actually hug him. Now *that* would be an interesting match. Could be the one woman who could send him running in fear for his manhood. 😉

Daleks floating over the German countryside, speaking German (They\'re saying \
Daleks floating over the German countryside, speaking German. They’re saying “Exterminieren! Exterminieren!” but as far as I can see, that’s not a proper translation of “Exterminate!” – an Anglicized form or auto-translator mess up? (Edited to add link to Dalek Caan’s Doctor Who news base, which offers translations of the German that is spoken in the episode as well as some additional facts.)

Captain Jack allowing himself to be “killed” by the Daleks and then crawling out of the incinerator.

Awesome One-hearted timelord/Donna Noble mix (“Oy, watch it spaceman.” “Oh, watch it Earth girl.”)

“Well, isn’t that wi-zard.”

An absolutely brilliantly evil Davros

What a clever Earth girl/timelord.

Bye bye, Daleks

What everyone needs, a TARDIS tow truck

Then they fucking blew it to shit, turning Donna back into plain old, “Donna the temp”, with no memory of the Doctor and no recognition of her own self-worth, and leaving the Doctor alone, yet again.


A bitter, desperately unsatisfying resolution all around, to everything, to all of the lead up throughout all of the new series.


I’m pissed.

Makes me glad that Doctor Who is on semi-hiatus next year, if Donna Noble isn’t a part of it. Much as I like David Tennant, I’m not sure I want to watch it.

So, a really good finale. And I hated it.

If you want to check it out for yourself, it’s already on Youtube.

Edited to add a link to the post on Of Code and Cats — “To see my wonderful, fierce, smart, brilliant Donna returned to the shallow shell she used to be is awful. “Eternal death” indeed.” Indeed. Glad to see someone else whose fave companions were Donna and Ace.

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5 thoughts on “Die, Rose, Die (or wishful thinking for a Doctor Who finale)

  1. So, a really good finale. And I hated it.

    I couldn’t agree more. While I don’t share your thoughts on Martha (I just don’t believe she was given a good role), Donna was my favorite and while I’m happy to see her get to live her life without any longings for the Doctor… the ending seemed too contrived.

  2. hotbanana

    You are my Doctor Who soul mate!!! I have despised Rose’s character and her relationship with the Doctor from day dot. Billie Piper (who would call herself ‘Billie’ anyway unless she was from the ‘holler in Kentucky and follows it with Jean or or Rae) is Planet-of-the Apes-ish and should never have been allowed in the Tardis nor given a key to get back in. Honestly, a character as bright as the pan-dimensional being know as The Doctor would want nothing to do with a monkey-descendant like Rose!!!

  3. ptjkane

    Dont start me on how bitter and twisted i am ever since the Doctor DUMPED Donna! All that “we had the best of times….but your DUMPED!” Just made me hate the Doctor and his bony hands-wiping Donna of all the fabulous things she did! If Donna’s future isn’t rectified appropriately enough to the point where she eventually finds Lee McEvoy….as she promised, then i will not watch another episode. Literally. Donna saved Doctor Who viewers from dying of boredom-this is down to the stupid flirting by Rose and ‘wooden’ Martha. Why couldnt her character die?

    Oh and the Master is still alive-hiding in the roof of Billie Pipers mouth-could you hear him in Turn Left. Or was that just the lisp? Bitter!!!!

    1. Hayley Nancarrow

      WTF how is the master in Roses mouth your a nuttter aswell. Rose is good, yer Donna may have been better in some aspects but that love hate relationship that the Doctor and Rose seemed to share was the best. Mmmmm I am upset about the discontinuation of the doctors compainions the 2009 Easter special…was alright. I liked the girl in that. Lady someone. But I hope she comes back she was fantastic and they would have made a great pair. But considering when the companions always seem to leave .. I guess we may not see her. After she went off in the flying bus, I guess we wont see her again which sucks.

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