Back on Earth the Doctor never stops being smug. The murderously insane Master gloats. Wilf emotes. There is lots of yelling and padding and it is clear that the return of the Time Lords is not a good thing. The Time Lords went crazy as a whole race during the Time War. Donna does nothing but faint, miss all the action and moan.
The Doctor pulls faces, there is a mention of the Weeping Angels and the Time Lords wear silly hats. The Doctor falls from a space ship, through a glass dome and onto a marble floor and feels no need to regenerate. Something returns, an unlikely hero rises and someone knocks four times. Then The Doctor spends a long time dying melodramatically and revisiting his past companions, except for Adam. And the Master’s world changing scheme is explained away as Wi Fi gone mad, hee.
There’s an Adipose, a diary is published, Captain Jack meets Alonso (Russell Tovey of ‘Being Human') in a bar and Rose and her teeth show up. Finally with an operatic backing choir, the Doctor regenerates into Innsmouth escapee Matt Smith. Sadly the whole regeneration scheme is undercut by the cop out that was ‘The Stolen Earth’ and ‘Journey’s End’. Flames and explosions shoot everywhere making you wonder if someone saw way too much ‘Highlander’.
Who was the mysterious woman? What is the fate of the Master and the Time Lords? Why did Martha leave UNIT? Why did Martha marry Mickey? What happened to her engagement to Tom?
“He loves playing with Earth girls.”
“The most impressive thing about you is that after all this time; you’re still bone dead stupid.”
“God bless the cactus's!”
“Worst rescue ever!”
“It is a fitting paradox that our salvation comes at the hand of our most infamous child.”
“Something is returning, don’t you ever listen.”
“The Skaro Degradations, the Horde of Travesties, the Nightmare Child.”
“Hell is descending.”
“My kind of world.”
“A dumpling with a gun.”