The Doctor: What was her name?
Donna: I don’t know.
The Doctor: Donna, what was her name?
Donna: But she told me, to warn you. She said two words…
The Doctor: What two words? What were they? What did she say?
Episode star rating:***** (out of a possible five)
Like when reviewing The Fires of Pompeii, I enjoyed this episode on two levels. (The level of the references to various previous Doctor Who stories, and the level of drama of the episode itself.)
As The Fires of Pompeii did, this built upon the show’s mythology, but this time the idea of parallel worlds rather than time travel. Well, actually both parallel worlds and time travel featured, the mechanics of which seem to withstand detailed pondering, (time travel ended the bubble of Earth-4.11, I suppose).
However, detailed pondering of such matters was of lesser concern during the sheer enjoyment of the drama. I particularly enjoyed Tate and Piper going toe-to-toe as Donna and Rose, the scene just before Donna is sent back in time was the highlight, as Rose seemed oddly callous as Donna rode through the emotional turbulence.
Praise must go to Murray Gold, as that guitar and brass melody that underscored that particular scene there was very, very good. Also, it’s always great to hear a variation of his All the Strange, Strange Creatures (the urgent action theme of the past two years) and here it was again, like in Utopia, adding to the excitement of the episode’s reveal.
Like Utopia – this was an amazing ending to the episode.
UPDATED AFTER 2017 RETHINK: one * added to rating