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Posted in Uncategorized by Will on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 ~ 5pm

I finally watched the end of the David Tennant run of Doctor Who. He was the 10th actor to play the Doctor. Although as an actor he’d seemed bored during much of the last proper season, he was very engaged in the finale, “The End of Time”, which was filmed after a break from the series. It was sad to see him go, since at his best he was very good*, and the writers of this episode allowed for him to linger for awhile rather than being snuffed out suddenly, as is usually the way the Doctor dies. (The Doctor does not completely die, he regenerates into another man — or woman — who continues on.)

(*And at his worst, it was usually the fault of the writers, or the fault of the bombastic music score, which is among the worst I’ve ever heard on television.)

Instead of a picture of him, here is a sexy cactus (actually a “Vinvocci”) scientist from Doctor Who “The End of Time”. Played by Sinead Keenan. She even had green-colored gums sometimes (they probably gave her some colored water to swish around for full effect.)

…Sexy, but difficult to spoon with.


After the finale, a few seconds of the next season were shown, with a new actor playing the Doctor. It looked too hyper for my tastes.

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  1. Rodney said,

    on July 6th, 2010 at 6:27 am

    These cactus people were interesting and a nice reference (although different race) to the cactus creature in the classic Who story “Meglos.” Interestingly enough, the actors above didn’t have any green makeup on their faces when filmed. They were flesh toned, but colored digitally later. They look better all green. Nice call on Tennent looking bored. There was something off those last few stories and I couldn’t place it – boredom! The new Doctor isn’t really hyper, but it’s been a wildly up and down year. They haven’t found their feet yet.

  2. Will said,

    on July 6th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    That’s amazing, that their greenness was colored in later. It worked really well. Or at least, it looked like green makeup. That explains why her gums were sometimes green, too. Must have been much more comfortable for the actors.

    I wonder though if it was more that they tried green makeup, but it wasn’t bright enough, so they recolored it. The promo photo looks like actual makeup… But, who knows. I suppose eventually I’ll see the DVD and see some behind-the-scenes moments in the bonus features.

    I really liked the never-ending ending of the finale, with all those visits to past companions. I didn’t know who some of them were (the great-granddaughter at the book signing — I didn’t know who that was supposed to be referring to).

  3. Rodney said,

    on July 6th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I never heard why they added the green on the faces post-production. I assume because it looked awkward (i.e. cheap) without it. The great-granddaughter was related to the woman The Doctor (in series 3) fell in love with in “Human Nature” – where he became human. I HATED that story. The book she wrote was based upon the Journal of Impossible Things that the human Doctor kept with images and notes from his subconscious in his life as a Time Lord.

  4. Will said,

    on July 6th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Oh! I liked that story actually, but we were with him so briefly when he thought he was human that it didn’t stand out all these months later.

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