Nevertheless, what with internet osmosis, fandom-shaped hazards like my YouTube stupidity, and Google's unfortunate habit of kicking up unwanted information when I very specifically asked it for reviews for season three episodes, I have managed to pick up a fair bit of information along the way (especially about the finale. In some ways it's like I've already watched it, rrr). When I couldn't keep track of my code wording mentally anymore, I started keeping a text document of every single piece of information, big or small, that I knew about the season. This is where we take stock of it all, one last time, before I push the big red "play" button on shiny ole 4x01 that's cued up as we speak.
Arranged in as chronological an order as possible:
-Rose appears at the end of the first episode (which somehow involves little adipose...creatures, which I think are now available in plushie form), just briefly and then disappears again. Fandom explodes in "Unexpected Rose is Unexpected" squee.
-Agatha Christie is our Author of the Year
-The Doctor has a daughter, technically speaking. Aside from the fact that trixy business is involved, I...don't actually know anything more about this. It didn't seem to leave much of a ripple in fandom.
-OK, we might as well admit that I know all the episode titles, can recall most of them without prompting and would recognize the rest, so I have at least a vague idea of the plot in most of them.
-Alex Kingston plays River, some future love interest (my brain wants to say wife, but the rest of my brain violently rejects that as mad conjecture, and my brain is often right about stuff like this), who ends up dying. [edit: I don't remember learning this at all. Damn my need to write stuff down instead of letting it pass through my sieve-like brain!]
-There is one indirect and one direct reference to Rose in our Doctor-lite episode
-Donna's grandfather makes up most of the necessary Central Family Role.
-Daleks in the finale. Because they're Daleks and it's a finale, but somehow I didn't know that until months after the fact! And enjoyed not knowing.
-Mickey gets back to Normal Earth.
-The finale also includes Every Major Guest Star You Could Ever Imagine, including Rose & Family, Mickey, Martha, Sarah Jane, and Jack. I am excited about one of them. Well, maybe two, if I have any room in my brain left over to appreciate Sarah Jane.
-According to IMDB a few months back, Martha is in 5 episodes, not the 2 or 3 I had previously assumed. What the hell; when is Pure Donna Time?
-I fear something bad happens to Donna in the end. (*is still stubbornly trying to resist the Bad Feeling she's getting*) (there was a YouTube tribute video set to "The Scientist"! A comment said "I can't believe she's gone. :(" It felt ominous! There were rumors a companion would die! I'm still hoping my imagination is overreacting, though, because I don't know anything)
-This fear is conflicted by the post-season-4 news article that Donna would be appearing at some point in the future.
-I finally get proper visual payoff, i.e. my Ten/Rose kiss, plus at least one extra hug. I have seen this in animated icon form, plus extra bits with variations on still icons and mood themes, because I can't stop wandering strange Doctor Who livejournals in search of old reviews and/or reading comments on my DW friends' posts. I am too depressed about its circumstances to squee.
-Quote 1: "He needs you. He's very me."
-Quote 2: "You made me better."
[edit: what the hell, Past Self, I had forgotten that second quote too!]
-*takes deep breath* Taking all of the above into account, plus a spoilery picture on the front page of TV Squad when the finale aired, I am...99.87% certain there is an Alt!Ten. Whom Rose may already be with, and with whom she definitely stays. Thus making Journey's End MOTHERFUCKING WORSE than Doomsday. Or so I'm 99.87% certain. I've been thinking of ways to reconcile my brain with this for a while, though, so perhaps by the time I talk about 4x13, I'll have my rebuttal ready.
-I'm 98.6% sure there's a Doctor/Donna kiss in there somewhere, just because them's the New Who Doctor/companion rules and I think I might have caught a glimpse in passing (unless I made it up), but I don't know when or why
-There is an enormous faction of Doctor/Donna shippers. I do not understand this, for it is weird and distasteful, and I hope it's all in their minds and not something encouraged by the show. I do not intend to join this faction. I intend to join it even less than I intended to join Doctor/Martha.
Final warnings: Don't tell me if I'm right! Don't tell me if I'm wrong! This is merely a reference for educational and/or entertainmental purposes only. I know that "entertainmental" is not a word, but I'm inexplicably trying to channel Michael Scott, probably because I just thought directly about the finale and broke my brain.
There is one thing you're allowed to tell me, though. You know in the season-preview trailer, when certain fans
P.S. Actually, could someone post, or embed in a comment, said season 4 preview trailer that aired back in March? I'd like to watch it one more time before I officially dive into the season, but I'm too afraid to go searching YouTube for it.