It rocked. The story was solid and offered several surprises. In the true spirit space opera there was action out the wazoo. They even managed to combine past storylines. Well done.
LONGER VERSION: (**** SPOILER WARNING!!! ****)
What’s not to like when you combine the double threat of Cybermen and Daleks? One of them alone would have been enough to fill up a single show. I guess for the two part finale they felt they needed two threats. It worked quite well. Even though I guessed that the Daleks were in the Void ship, I still got tingles on the reveal.
I loved the way they were able to combine past story elements (the past Cybermen and Dalek episodes.) It was a hoot to see Mickey again; I was thought it was too bad when they closed him off in the other Cybermen universe. It was cool that Rose’s mom hooked up with the father from the other universe. Rose leaving was a bummer even though it was well publicized. Was the “this is the story of how I died” intro misleading since she didn’t? It looks like the Doctor will have to train someone all over again. The bride with the ‘tude? Apparently not!
I had missed a couple of episodes this season and my daughter did too. We had a new tradition of Doctor Who Fridays and some of the episodes were a little too scary for her. I watched the finale alone and again with her. She loved it too. When it was over she said “I love Doctor Who!” And the geek baton has officially been passed.
Overall then, it was very, very entertaining in the pulpy, cheap way that only Doctor Who can manage. I very much look forward to season three. I liked the Torchwood aspect of the story and look forward to that spinoff as well.