Much has been said of this inane two-parter. It ends a season that was full of stupidity: the incessant lame comedic actions of Donna Noble, the daftness of the majority of episodes in the season (the idiotic "Partners in Crime" comes to mind, as well as the dull and contrived "The Poison Sky", in which the Doctor lights the Earth's atmosphere ON FIRE). David Tennant can give a consistent performance as the Doctor, but the sheer shite that accounts for most of the scripts in Season Four doesn't help him at all. To end an idiotic season we need an idiotic two-parter. Thus, we get the ridiculousness that is "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End". The Daleks somehow move planets, in a way that is never really explained. Every past companion shows up again, including those who were supposed to be trapped in Pete's World (get the hell out of the show, Rose). Davros returns...only to do nothing but sit around and yell a lot. The Supreme Dalek is there...and does nothing but stand in place for most of its screen-time. About a hundred million Daleks are on screen, in what I take is an effort by RTD to make things seem "epic". Millions of Daleks doesn't automatically make things epic, especially when the audience is practically forced to distance themselves from the plot and characters because of the absurdity of it all. "Dalek" was an effective episode because it made the lone Dalek look like the tremendous threat it was. Here, in this two-parter, the Daleks are nothing but the "baddies" the Doctor must destroy through the use of plot coincidences and Deus Ex Machina. They do nothing but yell "EXTERMINATE!" a lot. The absurdity of the Dalek plot, to destroy reality with a really big bomb, presents all manner of problems if it can indeed destroy all parallel universes through the Medusa Cascade. Wouldn't there be a reality out there where Davros succeeds, thus dooming the Multiverse to destruction? The Daleks receive a final insult by being reduced to nothing but bumbling pepper-pots by the "Doctor" Donna through the use of Technobabble and conveniently placed switches. The Doctor gets "winged" by a Dalek extermination beam, which is a first in itself and a convenient one at that because it provides a decent cliffhanger...that gets ruined in the next episode. I could go into more detail, but this word count won't let me.
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