With an overnight audience of 10.03m (42.2% of the available audience) reaction to The End of Time, Part One has been mixed.
Digital Spy noted that the viewing figures were down on the 11.71m (50.5%) who tuned in for the 2008 Christmas special, The Next Doctor, while their review awarded an astonishingly low 2 stars out of 5, and featured the following observations:
More bloated than The Master after stuffing that turkey down his neck
A lack of engaging material was noticeable throughout the hour, with a series of fairly disjointed scenes and minimal momentum
How much do we need to see of The Master stuffing his face? How many sepia-tinted close-up shots do we need of The Masterâ€™s laughing mouth?
…the episode felt more stretched than Lady Cassandraâ€™s face
SFX meanwhile piped up with 4.5 stars out of 5, noting that:
“The End Of Time” is stylish, jawdroppingly ambitious and visually stunning
…the Wilf mystery hints at yet another one of those “somebody has been orchestrating everything” plots; it’s a card Russell T Davies had already played with Rose in “The Parting Of The Ways” and Dalek Caan in “Journey’s End”. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn out to be a case of third time unlucky.
[Director, Euros] Lyn’s handling of the final few minutes leading up to the mother of all cliffhangers (yes, I’d say I prefer it to “The Stolen Earth”) is nothing short of epic
The newspapers have yet to have any real input with their reviews not expected until Sunday and Monday, but the Coventry Telegraph blog also featured a review – overall here too the feeling was “more of the same”:
Nonetheless, it all felt a little, dare I say, tired. The final episode on January 1 may bring a rousing conclusion and a fitting send-off for Tennant but I am left feeling that the Doctor, the TARDIS and the stories do need a major makeover. Which is no bad thing, since that’s exactly what we are getting.
We’ll be reviewing The End of Time, Part One tomorrow – in the meantime, what did you think? Discuss the episode and the amazing closing scenes in our forum!