Well, I've got there at last - Tom's final story, Logopolis brings my Tom-a thon to an end. Only took 3 and half months! In some ways, Logopolis is an unusual sort of story to end Tom's seven year reign, being very complex and scientific, seemingly obessessed with entropy, decay, computations and mathematics. Some people were probably expecting a grand battle against the Daleks with the Doctor getting killed saving a companion or something, but this story clearly fits in with the themes established in season 18 and the fact that the Doctor saves not just a few people, but the entire Universe
, makes this the most appropriate end there could possibly be to the greatest Doctor of them all.
You do need to pay attention to the plot however, but there are some very intriguing concepts and ideas going on here, like the idea of draining excess entropy out of the universe by opening voids into others, and being able to creat solid objects through mathematical computations. How possible and scientific those ideas really are, I've no idea. They could be complete cobblers for all I know, but they get the brain ticking. Some ideas are definately ridiculous however, like the Doctor's bizarre plan to "flush out" the Master by drowning the TARDIS - this would undoubtedly kill the Doctor and Adric, not to mention rendering the TARDIS useless (mind you, the Thames would probably get drained!) and if it didn't kill them they'd then be stranded on Earth.
A concept I really
like though is The Watcher. Knowing who he is sends a chill up the spine every time he appears and Tom's haunted reactions to him are brilliantly played - he clearly knows what/who he is and reallizes that he can't escape his fate, but doesn't let on to anyone else.
The planet Logoplis is an interesting one too, even if the set designs look a little cheap. The Monitor is a good character, a great dignified performance by John Fraser and then of course we have the "new" Master, played by Anthony Ainley who would later become a bit over the top, but here is really quite sinister.
Logopolis has one of my all time favourite incidental music scores, lushly atmospheric, haunting, and appropriately funereal, it really makes this story something special, and I'm lucky enough to own a rare copy of it on CD.
The ending of the story is, of course, highly exciting and emotional as the Doctor sacrifices his life to save the Universe. The way this climactic battle ontop of the radio telescope is shot is admittedly a little disappointing, with blatantly obvious CSO backdrops and a rather lacklustre fight between the Doctor and the Master, (I do love how the Doctor trips the Master up with his famous scarf though and then takes time to put it back on even though he's in mortal peril! He couldn't meet his end without his scarf could he?)
The way he falls is rather strange, as it appears he deliberately lets go rather than just slips and plummets - maybe he just couldn't face another story with three bickering juveniles in the TARDIS??)
Anyway, the flashback scenes of old enemies and compaions adds an emotional punch to the climax, and Tom delivers his final words,"It's the end - but the moment has been prepared for" perfectly (I can't think of a better last line). Interesting how he smiles too, about the only time he does in this story - again a well judged performance by Tom. Then, a young man suddenly sits up in Tom's clothes and it's all over. A great end to the best Doctor's reign.
Now what am I going to watch?? Maybe I could have a look at Tom's other appearances as the Doctor - Dimensions in Time, the BBC audios? Or I might just go back to the beginning and watch Robot again