Russell T Davis can write. He proved that with Midnight witch had a good story interesting dialog and did not end with a Deus ex machina. He also shows his skills with the heart rending scene of Donna realizing that she will lose all of her character development. Sadly that is but a small part of the most disappointing New Who season finale yet.
Now it is not the worse that honor goes to the wretched Last of the time lords. This however comes at the end of far and away the best season of New Who. This season was almost a different show from the first three seasons. The doctor had whole episodes in which he was not annoying. His companion actually wanted to travel and did not just hang around hoping to become his lover. IT was amazing to watch and made me think that maybe RTD had learned from his past mistakes and could perhaps for once make at least a halfway decent ending to a season. That the stolen earth was so good led me to hope even more for a satisfactory conclusion. Then Journey's end happened and all my hope was crushed.
The end of Stolen earth was incredibly well done. All hope looked lost for two of our companions and the doctor was regenerating which given that for at least way hear everyone had known that David tennant was signed on through 2010 was beyond shocking. Then at the beginning of Journey's end he simply says just kidding I am not really regenerating. Sarah Jane is saved by the sudden and never explained arrival of Mickey and Jackie and Torchwood is saved by a never mentioned before and likely never mentioned again defense system. In just the first few minutes all the good will built up from The stolen Earth is gone.
Now forget a moment the useless Martha filler in Germany, The doctor expressing shock that the daleks would exterminate his companion, the fact the Sarah Jane escaped Dalak control by calmly walking through a door and that no one but Micky who did the same thing noticed, That Micky and jack seemed like Bffs when none of there very limited previous interactions would have suggested that, Or that Dalak Caan recreated the Dalak empire just to destroy it again for no reason. What killed this episode was that it was resolved by RTD going to what he knows best the deus ex machina. Not only that it was almost the same deus ex machina he used in Parting of the Ways only this time it was the companion and not the Doctor who was forever changed. Hell he even had the Dalak empire destroyed in a single moment again! The fact that I could write again in that sentence is almost enough to make me cry.
Also the doctor spent a whole season pining for Rose and now he drops her off in a different universe with basically a Dr. who sex bot with no explanation and without a second thought. Now season three which was already a travesty seems even worse in retrospect. That is a a sign of a truly disappointing season finale when it makes past seasons seem worse.
I want to bring attention to a hilarious review http://www.behindthesofa.org.uk/journeys_end/
that states that watching Journey's who was like Christmas day. Man Christmas must of sucked in this persons house. I love how the review this is like the five doctors because like there when multiple Doctors met here multiple companions meet. What the reviewer forgot is that multiple companions met in the five doctors too and they stood off to the side and were forgotten because no one cares when companions meet each other except apparently this reviewer.