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Last of the Time Lords speculation

June 30th, 2007 (11:18 am)

OK - deliberate spoiler first - the pictures in The Sun of a further humiliated Doctor.

Otherwise, I am haunted by the image of the Doctor returning to the TARDIS to find Kylie Minogue at the controls, introducing herself as Iris Wildthyme. A great, but unlikely, books crossover.

If this all happening a year on from The Sound of Drums, how can we avoid an episode that is as much of a let-down as Star Trek: Voyager's The Year of Hell, where the characters go on a long emotional 'journey', only for the great reset button to be pressed at the end?

I hope and largely expect that Lucy escapes with the Master, just because having her die horribly after double-crossing the Master would be such a cliche, and because I part-expect her story to be carried forward in Helen Raynor's next two-parter, Cult-of-Skaro-style.

I had wondered whether Martha would turn out to have been a secret agent of Torchwood or UNIT all this time, but I suppose that wouldn't help the transformation I expect us to see tonight, as she turns from medical student into leader of the resistance. If we see what we are promised, and if the dramatic conclusion doesn't involve a complete return to the status quo ante, then I think it will be difficult for Martha to continue as a regular, lending some credence to yesterday's Daily Mirror rumours.


Posted by: Naraht (emily_shore)
Posted at: June 30th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
Where's Jack?

I have the feeling this is going to be a very odd episode somehow...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 30th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)

The 52-minute length is a pointer, really - there's just so much going on, it couldn't be cut, so we are told. The last episode to overrun was The Trial of a Time Lord part fourteen, in 1986, which also had a near-impossible 'now get out of that!' situation to resolve.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: June 30th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)

And, as I pointed out on doctorwho when the extra-long time was announced to much jubilation, that is not a good precedent (I have yet to see Last of the Time Lords, incidentally, despite writing several hours after transmission).