Saturday, June 28, 2008

Review: Doctor Who, Episode 4.12, "The Stolen Earth"

I'll try to compose myself to write this review, lest I fall into the fangirl madness of squeeing and running around screaming from the sheer awesomeness that is "The Stolen Earth."

Part two of the three-part season finale is hands down my favorite episode of the fourth season so far, thanks to the mad genius writing of departing showrunner Russell T Davies. Paul Cornell and future showrunner Steven Moffat may be the best writers on the show since its revival, but Davies at his best is the one who can rain down the fire of pure insanity and make it work oh so well. He's ending his final full season by pulling out all the stops to deliver one exquisite moment of fanservice after another. The visual effects this week are absolutely fantastic.

Next week: the conclusion of the season finale, "Journey's End." Can it possibly top this episode? I don't how I can possibly wait another week to see how it all ends!

Warning: spoilers below, please highlight the white space with your mouse to read them.

A season finale this big could only take the form of a complete Whoniverse crossover of Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures!

Oh my! Where has the Earth gone?

We finally meet the people behind the Shadow Proclamation!

Judoon!

Daleks! Daleks everywhere! Millions of them! Yay!!! Oh, yes, God, bring on the exterminating!

Wilf is once again made of awesome!

Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister!

We finally see the oft mentioned Medusa Cascade! Apparently the Doctor hasn't been there since he was the First Doctor.

Dalek Caan has completely lost his little mutant mind. I love it!

Team TARDIS, Martha Jones, Team Torchwood, and Team Sarah Jane finally meet each other (or at least those who haven't previously met)!

Another First Doctor reference, this time to the 1964 serial, "The Dalek Invasion of Earth."

Davros finally wheels out of the shadows so we can see him!

Rose and the Doctor see each other!

Oh no! The Doctor's been shot by a Dalek!

Cliffhanger ending: the Doctor begins to regenerate!

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